Clinical Psychologist, Director


I am a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of Arizona. I received my Bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennesse. I received my Master's (M.A.) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees from Arizona State University and completed a clinical internship at La Rabida Children's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of different urban and rural settings. I have conducted psychotherapy within hospitals, community outpatient mental health centers, and private practices. My work in community outpatient mental health centers has been primarily with underserved populations, which has deepened my understanding of mental illness, stress, and resilience. I completed my clinical internship at a children's hospital on the south side of Chicago, where I worked with youth experiencing mental health issues, chronic illness, and severe trauma. Much of my work took place on the inpatient unit of the hospital, where I provided consultation/liaison services to the medical residents and attending physicians. I developed a strong ability to treat multiple complex issues simultaneously, as many of the patients were experiencing major life stressors, in addition to mental and physical health problems. I have worked with a number of individuals who endured physical and/or sexual abuse, neglect, medical trauma, and neighborhood violence, and these experiences have enabled me to understand the impact of trauma on one's mental and physical functioning.

In private practice settings, I have treated a number of different issues, ranging from family conflict to emotional issues to behavior problems. I have also helped  families enhance their communication skills and thus improve their relationships. In addition, I have led social skills, self-esteem, and stress management groups for high-functioning children and adolescents. Much of my research and clinical training focused on families experiencing separation and divorce. I have studied the impact of parental divorce on child well-being and have led parenting skills groups for divorcing parents. I also have experience with the unique challenges faced by blended families.

Although I do not currently provide this service, I have completed many  psychoeducational evaluations for children and adults seeking accommodations for their learning and mental health issues. I am well-versed at interpreting the results of these evaluations and have helped many of my clients advocate for accommodations within their school and work environments.



Clinical Psychologist

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I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Arizona.  I received an undergraduate honors degree in Psychology from St. Louis University, and received my Masters (M.A.) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ APA accredited doctoral program.  I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the University of Arizona College of Medicine (Child and Adolescent Track) where I worked in their Outpatient Psychiatry, Anxiety Disorders, School Age, Testing, and Insomnia Clinics as well as their Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICENTER).  I have training and clinical experience in university based specialty anxiety, school refusal, and assessment clinics, as well as a community mental health center and private practice.

I provide individual therapy to youth aged 5 to 17.  I can assist with a variety of problems experienced by youth and their families. My expertise is working with youth who struggle with anxiety, depression, weak social skills, and difficulty adjusting to various life situations. I have specialized experience working with youth with selective mutism and school refusal behavior.  I also work with youth with executive functioning deficits, ADHD, and academic issues. In addition I have considerable experience working with youth demonstrating problematic behaviors such as tantruming, arguing, and rule breaking.  I can help your child or teen learn coping skills and new strategies to help them overcome their current challenges.

My training has provided me with a strong foundation in the biopsychosocial approach and I recognize the importance of considering the multitude of factors that affect a youth’s development and behavior.  As such, I often work with parents to help them support their child and learn more effective ways of interacting with their family members.  I also have worked with teachers, psychiatrists, and other health professionals to help families reach their goals.  Each youth is a unique individual with his or her own pattern of strengths and weaknesses. I work with youth and families to maximize their strengths and work through their weaknesses to help them create positive change and thrive.  I primarily utilize evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and incorporate other techniques based on each child’s individual needs.





Dr.  McNelis-Kline’s specialties include adolescent and developmental studies and sport and performance psychology.  While serving as the director of the Boston University Wellness Center, Dr. McNelis-Kline created and developed life skill-based leadership programs for both high school and college age population.  Synthesizing experiential learning methods combined with performance enhancement techniques, Dr. McNelis-Kline developed and created the Areté Leadership Institute.  The Areté Leadership Institute consults with athletes and coaches from Division 1 athletics to Olympic levels addressing such needs as team dynamics and developing High Performance Teams.  Dr.  McNelis-Kline is also the founder and former director of the Certificate and Master’s Program in Sport Psychology at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology.  Dr. McNelis-Kline also developed an undergraduate and post baccalaureate certificate in Health & Wellness coaching at UWSP in her role as Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Wellness.

Previously, Dr. McNelis-Kline integrated both her love of fitness and wellness with her desire to help people achieve peak performance in their own lives by combing fitness expertise with educational training in sport and performance psychology by opening her own Wellness Studio called Croi Croga.  Croi Croga is a place where you can be yourself and connect with a supportive, courageous community while exploring who you want to be.  As with Croi Croga, Dr McNelis-Kline also sees the counseling experience as having the same foundational underpinings.  As Brene Brown states “It is the most vulnerable moments in our life that lead to the most growth.”  Live courageously. Explore outside of your comfort zone, develop a growth mindset, and see challenges as opportunity.  Live life fully by taking on challenges and growing because of it.  Taking chances and trying new things can be a vulnerable experience and as Brené Brown states, “truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”

Dr.  McNelis-Kline uses a number of psychological perspectives and approaches (Humanistic, CBT, Solution Focused, Existentialism, Systems and Narrative) working with clients. She believes in the strength and courage each client has and is grateful to be privy to see it in action in session. Additionally, mindfulness, mindful self-compassion and meditation are specialty areas incorporated into her work with clients.  However, above all, her goal is to create a safe, respectful, and collaborative relationship with clients where curiosity and possibilities become a part of their approach to life.  Dr. McNelis-Kline, specializes in adolescents, emerging adults as well as adults.  Dr. McNelis-Kline also specializes in clients in professional schools and training such as Law, Medicine, Doctoral programs.  Additional clinical interests include career exploration, relationship issues, woman’s issues, sexuality, self-improvement, anxiety, depression, dating violence, sexual assault, and performance enhancement plans and portfolios. Most importantly, as a therapist, Dr.  McNelis-Kline is committed to the infusion of diversity, equity and inclusion in counseling and in her life. 

Dr.  McNelis-Kline earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Adelphi University, a Masters in Clinical Psychology from West Chester University and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Sport Psychology from Boston University. When she is not teaching or on a journey with her clients, Dr.  McNelis-Kline can be found spending time with her kids, practicing yoga, enjoying group exercise, meditating, traveling and learning how to cook.





I am an educational psychologist with a passion for helping children and adolescents heal wounds and let go of irrational beliefs that make it harder for them to grow up. I customize my services to the unique needs of each client and frequently draw upon attachment theory and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapies. I have expertise in treating complex childhood trauma and specialize in working with children and adolescents who are rebellious, have explosive emotions, and can be difficult for adults to help. Many of my clients come to me after not benefiting from treatment with other providers and as a result, feel broken and hopeless. This experience can be a form of “medical trauma” and is another wound that can be healed.

I have extensive training in child development, trauma, dissociation, school systems and repairing attachment wounds. I earned my Doctorate of Philosophy in school psychology from the University of Minnesota. In Minnesota, I received training from the Institute for Child Development, Washburn Center for Children, and Fraser Center for Children, which provided milieu therapy for children ages 2-9 with severe acting out behaviors. I completed my pre- and post-doctoral internships in Scottsdale Unified School District and became a certified EMDR therapist with advanced training for working with children and clients with addiction. I also have advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of dissociative disorders. I enjoy learning and had a prior career as a litigation attorney in Minnesota. In other settings, I conduct psychoeducational evaluations for children and provide expert testimony about children in Family Court. I welcome complex clients.

Despite all my serious training, I have a playful side and enjoy ping pong, cards, board games, and making a mess with art supplies. I have a puppy named Spirit, who sometimes comes to the office with me. He is learning not to chase my cat, who likes to sleep in the sink.



Office Manager


Elise completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Gender and Women’s studies at the University of Arizona.  She has over 10 years of experience managing Psychology practices in the Valley.   Elise enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their four very active children.   In her role as Office Manager she coordinates providers’ schedules, arranges billing and handles most office needs.   She is the first person you will speak to when contacting our office and is happy to answer any of your non-emergent questions