Stacey McElroy-Heltzel, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Trainee

2017- Georgia State University, Counseling Psychology

Clinical/Counseling Interests:

My primary approach is time-limited dynamic psychotherapy, and I integrate principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) depending on clients’ needs. I believe that we are hurt and healed in relationships. Therefore, I strive to develop a trusting and collaborative relationship with clients. I see the therapy relationship as a vehicle to explore broader relational patterns, and encourage clients to try out new ways of relating to others as a means to increasing their overall well-being. Alongside this, I integrate mindfulness practice as a way to cope with stress, and also explore with clients ways they can engage in valued actions in the face of difficulties. My clinical interests include family of origin difficulties, the transition to college for first generation college students, anxiety, and career development. 

Multicultural Interests:

I am both personally and professionally committed to social justice. I welcome clients to bring their whole selves into therapy and for us to have conversations about culture and identity. In working with clients, I consider the impact of oppression, systematic biases, and social injustices on their well-being and mental health. I have experience working with racial and ethnic minority individuals around race-based stress, exploring religious and spiritual concerns with individuals, and working with individuals who are first generation college students or who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Professional Affiliations:

American Psychological Association (APA) – Full Member