Dr. McElfish works with children, adolescents, and adults in the Eating Disorders Center at EBTCS.
About Dr. McElfish
Dr. McElfish is a postdoctoral fellow who is pursuing advanced training in the treatment of eating disorders and in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and comes to EBTCS with considerable experience and training in both of these areas.
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.
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, and trauma. She is passionate about collaborating with clients and families 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 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 that would improve coverage of life-saving eating disorder treatment nationwide and increase access and funding for mental health services in impoverished or rural areas.
Dr. McElfish is a member of several professional associations, including the American Psychological Association (APA) and the West Virginia Psychological Association (WVPA).