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About Me

 I provide practical, compassionate, research-backed treatments.

I originally moved to Colorado to teach adaptive skiing and lead wilderness courses for people with special needs, disabilities, and mental health challenges. I completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder where I studied cognitive behavioral therapies and couples therapy and research.  Prior to my work in private practice, I was a clinical psychologist in the Family Program at the Denver Veteran's Affairs Medical Center where I specialized in developing, delivering and evaluating compassionate, research-based treatments for distressed couples and couples where one partner is struggling with PTSD. In addition, I served as a nationally recognized consultant and trainer in trauma focused cognitive processing therapy (a cognitive behavioral therapy for trauma) for the Veteran's Affairs Health Care System and local supervisor for doctoral level trainees.  I have specialized in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and couples therapy and research for over fifteen years and reproductive mental health for thirteen years.  I have presented my work at international conferences.  When I'm not in the office, I enjoying hiking, yoga, skiing, reading, gardening (with a bit of a brown thumb) and spending time with my family.


Education

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder
B.A. American Studies, Colby College, Waterville, ME

 

Clinical Experience

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice, Boulder, CO

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Family Program, Denver Veteran's Affairs Medical Center

Project Manager, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for the prevention of perinatal depression (an NIMH funded study), University of Colorado at Boulder

Doctoral Intern, Southern Arizona Veteran's Affairs Health Care System

TherapistThe Raimy Psychology Clinic, University of Colorado at Boulder

Assessment and Group Therapist, Wardenburg Health Center, University of Colorado at Boulder

Assessment TherapistAttention, Behavior and Learning Clinic, University of Colorado at Boulder

Research Therapist, Craighead Laboratory for Eating and Weight Concerns, University of Colorado at Boulder

Family Therapist, Community Infant Program, Boulder County Mental Health Center

Crisis EvaluatorEmergency Psychiatric Services, Boulder County Mental Health Center

 

Selected Publications, Presentation and Invited Workshops


Dausch, B. M., McKelvie, M. L., Shore, J. H., Miklowitz, D. J., Nagamoto, N, T., (2010). Family-Focused Treatment for PTSD for Rural Veterans Returning from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF): Therapist's Manual.

 
Katter, K., Healy, E., Williams, L., Lester, K., McKelvie, M. (2011). Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD. Three-day refresher workshop for psychotherapists presented as part of the VA national roll-out, Phoenix, AZ.
 
McKelvie, M., Williams, L. (2011). Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD. Three-day workshop for psychotherapist presented as part of the VA regional roll-out, Denver, CO.
 
McKelvie, M. L. & Whisman, M.A., (2004). Conflictual interactions of couples with and without a depressed partner: Incorporating a real-time self-reported measure of mood. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Advancement of Behavioral Therapy, New Orleans, LA.

Steinwachs, J., McKelvie, M. (2014). Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP): Creating a Powerful Context for Change with Your Clients. Two-Day Workshop, Denver, CO.

Tsai, M., McKelvie, M., Kohlenberg, R., & Kanter, J. W. (2014, December). Functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP): Using awareness, courage and love in treatment. [Web Article]. Retrieved from http://www.societyforpsychotherapy.org/functional-analytic-psychotherapy-fap-using-awareness-courage-and-love-in-treatment

Whisman, M. A., McKelvie, M. L., & Chatav, Y.  (2005).  Couple distress.  In M. M. Anthony, D. R. Ledley, & R. G. Heimberg (Eds.), Improving outcomes and preventing relapse in cognitive-behavioral therapy, (pp. 380-408).  New York: Guilford.

 
Whisman, M. A., Uebelacker, L. A., Tolejko, N., Chatav, Y., & McKelvie, M.L. (2006). Marital dissatisfaction in older adults: Is the association confounded by personality? Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Advancement of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, Chicago, IL.

Advanced Clinical Training


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Founders' Boot Camp, 4-day workshop (35 hours).  Presented by Drs. Steven Hayes, Kelly Wilson, and Kirk Strosahl, Winter 2014.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Military Veterans, 3-day workshop (24 hours). Presented by Robyn Walser, Ph.D., Fall 2013.

Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, VA National Trainers Training.  Five-day Training to become a Regional Trainer for the Veteram's Affairs Health Care System.  Presented by Patricia Resick, Ph.D., Summer 2010.

Compassion Focused Therapy, 8-week training (12 hours). Presented by Russell Kolts, PhD., Fall 2013.


Behavioral Tech’s 10-day Intensive Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Northampton, MA (80 hours).   Presented by Charles Swenson, M.D., Clive Robbins, Ph.D., and Brad Beach, B.A., Winter and Summer 2006


Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Level III, 2-day workshop (16 hours).  Presented by Mavis Tsai. Ph.D. and Robert Kohlenberg, Ph.D., Summer 2012.

Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Level I, 2-day workshop. Denver, CO (16 hours). Presented by Mavis Tsai. Ph.D. and Robert Kohlenberg, Ph.D., Fall 2009.

Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Level I, 2 day workshop. Denver, CO (16 hours). Presented by Mavis Tsai. Ph.D. and Joanne Steinwachs, LCSW, Fall 2012.

 

Hold Me Tight, Emotion Focused Couples Therapy two-day workshop for therapists (16 hours). Present by Rebecca Jorgensen, Ph.D.  San Francisco, CA.  Spring 2015.


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Relapse Prevention in Depression, 5-day Intensive workshop (40 hours). Presented by Zindel Segal, Ph.D.  and Sona Dimidjian, Ph.D., Spring 2008.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Mind-Body Medicine, 7-day workshop (40 hours). Presented by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and Saki Santorelli, Ph.D., Spring 2009.

Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, 14-day workshop at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Center for Mindfulness (100 hours). Presented by Melissa Blacker, M.A. and Florence Meleo-Meyer, M.A., Spring 2009.

 

Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT) Level I,  9-day intensive workshop presented in 3 modules.  Presented by Jeff Pincus, LCSW and Rachel Cahn MA., Winter, Spring and Summer 2016. 

 

Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy, 4-day workshop. (27 hours). Presented by Andrew Christensen, Ph.D., Summer 2010.

Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy, 6 months of weekly expert consultation for adherance and competence. Achieved IBCT provider status in the VA, 2011. Consultants: Jill Compton, Ph.D. and Kelly Koerner, Ph.D.

 

The Mind/Body Program for Infertility, 3-day workshop for Psychotherapists (18 hours).  Presented by Alice Domar, Ph.D., Fall 2017.

 

Professional Affiliations

Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
Rocky Mountain Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
Boulder Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies
Resolve: The National Infertility Association



 

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