Dr. McElfish works with children, adolescents, and adults in the Eating Disorders Center and the DBT Center at EBTCS.
About Dr. McElfish
Dr. McElfish has expertise in using evidence-based treatments with adults, adolescents, and families with a variety of clinical problems, including eating disorders, body-image disturbance, self-injury and suicidal behaviors, unworkable behavior patterns, emotion dysregulation, anxiety disorders, depression, and trauma. She is passionate about collaborating with clients, families, and parents to cope with emotional and behavioral challenges so that they can live life as fully as possible according to their own goals and values.
Dr. McElfish completed her master’s degree in clinical psychology at West Virginia University, with clinical work focused on treating trauma and severe, chronic mental illness. She went on to complete her doctorate in clinical psychology at Marshall University and internship at West Virginia University School of Medicine – Charleston Division, where she elected to work with adults and adolescents in the Disordered Eating Center of Charleston and the DBT Services Program. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the treatment of eating disorders and in DBT at EBTCS, and is certified in Family-Based Treatment (FBT) for anorexia and bulimia nervosa in children, teens, and transitional age youth.
Dr. McElfish is also invested in work that connects under-served populations with effective and evidence-based care. She has provided mental health services to those with low access to care under rural health services grants. Additionally, she has advocated on state and national levels for legislation which improved coverage of life-saving eating disorder treatment nationwide and increased access and funding for mental health services in impoverished and high-need areas.
Dr. McElfish is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA). She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Washington.