**Covid-19** Telehealth (secure video conferencing), and phone sessions available
**Covid-19** Telehealth (secure video conferencing), and phone sessions available
McElfresh Professional Counseling is a partnership between Dave and Cindy McElfresh. Both use techniques from all the major counseling theories in order to bring about the most change in the shortest period of time.
Dave McElfresh is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC). He has a Bachelor's Degree in Religion and Philosophy from William Jewell College and received his Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He has been practicing therapy since 1978. Dave also taught psychology for seventeen years at Rio Salado College and for twelve years at Ottawa University where part of his responsibility was to mentor master's level students just entering the field.
Dave works with adults and adolescents and specializes in OCD, anxiety issues and obsessive sexual behaviors (sex addiction). He's also achieved mastery with depression, bipolar disorder, relationship issues, grief and loss, spiritual angst or questioning, difficulties managing anger, psychosis, and managing through stress and change. His 42 year span of experience has given him opportunity to work with the majority of issues presented.
A Side note: Dave on Music and Therapy
"As soon as I finished my Master’s degree in Counseling I moved from Kansas City to Tempe and opened up a record store.
"Music and self investigation through therapy have long been mutual passions. And over time music has worked its way in to my counseling sessions.
"I frequently ask clients about their musical inclinations. Many of them have very specific, even quirky playlists which they’re always willing to share and explain. Through these I find what each person finds relevant internally. Junior high school boys play me videos of songs that say what they don’t know how to express themselves. And many clients can rattle off the complete lyrics of a song they have used as guidance since first hearing it years earlier.
"I’m still fascinated with many forms of alternative music. Clients, regardless of age introduce me to new artists all the time, and I’m able to return the favor. It’s unintentional, but nothing moves me out of the ‘old guy who can’t relate’ category quicker than that!"
For 16 years Dave McElfresh wrote over 2,000 music-related articles, interviews and album reviews for the following publications: Downbeat, New Times, Bossa, Signal to Noise, Goldmine, Tucson Weekly, CD Review, Get Out, Jazz Now, Coda, Jazz Journal, Route 66, Cadence, I.E. Magazine and Stereophile
*See a review below about Dave written by Cindy!.
Cindy McElfresh (formerly Kelsea) is a licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who earned her Bachelor's and Master's of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling (MAPC) from Ottawa University. and has been practicing therapy since 2006. She also taught parenting skills classes at Child Crisis Arizona, formerly the East Valley Family Resource Center in Mesa. Cindy has an exceptionally good rapport with clients, and has a strong interest in working with adults of all ages. Along with most issues presented, she is particularly versed in anxiety issues, relationship difficulties, issues stemming from childhood, infertility issues, depression (including post-partum depression), bipolar disorder, psychosis, domestic violence, grief and loss, and managing stress and change. Also, as a special needs parent herself she has a special place in her heart for parents of special needs children.
"Dave and I are the enormously proud parents of our 8 year old daughter Elise, that more than likely you'll hear us gush about at one time or another. When she was diagnosed as developmentally delayed at just 4 months old, this for me began a very unique roller coaster of euphoric love, that all parents are gob smacked by, and heart sinking fear and grief as the reality of what lies ahead for her, and me as a special needs mom became clear. This experience challenged my own history of anxiety that I thought long gone, and showed me the deep and tumultuous waters of sadness and grief that so many have a reluctant knowing of. I'm so grateful now for how it has broadened my respect and understanding for what my clients are experiencing in their own unique challenges and deepened my own sensitivity for my clients' unique struggles."
"Over the years I've had the great honor to work with those with Serious Mental Illnesses, to those simply needing a session or two to hash out their feelings, or help to make a plan. I'm often asked if I ever get bored, and my response to the question is always, "never!" Everyone has a story that I'm always happily fascinated by and completely invested in."
"With my passion for building a relationship based in a deep respect for ones history and unconditional lack of judgement, and Dave’s unique gift of warmth, ease and approachability, between the two of us, we are well versed and prepared to address just about any issue you bring to us." .-Cindy
*See a review below about Cindy written by Dave!
"We are extraordinarily fortunate to have met each other way back in 2002, then marrying in 2008 for a total of a gazillion years together. We have marveled over the years that we just get better and better over time and have a deep respect for each other as partners and colleagues. Having both spent time in relationships in past that weren't a good fit, then going through therapy and self-exploration prior to our meeting, we feel so grateful it put us both in the right place and time to meet and appreciate what we'd found in each other. Finding such perfect alignment and support in each other strengthens our ability to share such experience. When you know, you can teach what you know, and we translate that into therapeutic benefit for you as our client. "
The following are excerpts taken from comments, letters, cards, texts and emails we have received from clients we've been privileged to work with .
"Thank you, Captain my Captain."
"Cindy, I never thought in a million years when I met you that you would be able to help me. I thought I would be way too much to handle. But you changed my life and have been such a big part of my healing. I will never forget what you've done for me." T.S.
"He's been a therapist for almost 40 years. I never saw a counselor who had more than five or six years experience. He knew what he was doing." M.B.
"I took my 16-year-old son to see Dave for therapy after getting his information from a neighbor who's teenage son had also seen Dave. My son dreaded the idea of going to counseling but after this first session he never had a problem going back, he said he liked that they didn't come across like a counselor." A.P.
"Cindy, you are so awesome. You just make it all better. You have a real gift (heart emoji)!" C.E
"Dave was not my first counselor. I saw a few over the years for my OCD but it always came back. Dave took an approach that was entirely different than the others took. He was a lot more thorough in his approach. It's been several years since my last panic attack and struggle with OCD, in the past it would always show back up after one or two months." H.H.
"I would like to say thank you for being there for me...And helping me LIVE through my most difficult time!
I appreciate you Cindy" L.T.
"Because I've been depressed for a long time, I thought therapy would go on for a long time too. But that wasn't the case. He showed me some things to do that got me through counseling very quickly." E.V.
" She didn't judge me, she was very easy to talk to." M.H.
"Yes, he's my husband-the best husband ever I might add-but he's also my colleague. As a colleague, I can confidently say he's the best there is. He is a really wonderful therapist who makes everyone feel completely comfortable within the first three seconds of meeting him. He's funny, easy going, warm and super friendly. And, I can honestly say there is no one I know that is more skilled than Dave. " Cindy M.
Cindy and I get into some interesting discussions about therapy while fixing dinner, Because of our mutual interest in critical thinking - finding which popular therapy approaches fall short of proving they work - I once asked her what she thought was the essential foundation of any counseling session. Her immediate response was 'the relationship with the client and to be nonjudgmental.' She's right. And that's why she's as good as it gets. I wish I had seen someone like her back when I was in therapy.