Elizabeth McKinley


About me

I have been providing therapy/counseling in various settings for 25+ years, most recently hospital-based psychiatric emergency crisis intervention. My areas of expertise include: crisis intervention; suicide risk assessment and prevention; suicide prevention safety planning; involuntary mental health and substance abuse treatment in Colorado; parenting (human growth & development, infants to adolescents; Tough Love and Love & Logic; Therapeutic Visitation); family conflict; mandated reporting; abuse/neglect (child and elder); CBT for depression & anxiety; milieu treatment of severe mental illness (affect disorders such as depression/bipolar; psychotic disorders/personality disorders; treatment compliance) for adults and adolescents; psychopharmacology for therapists; women’s issues (reproductive rights, sexism); end-of-life decisions; and non-emergent crisis intervention.

My typical therapeutic approach is simple & straightforward talk therapy, most commonly referred to as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Something in your life is currently causing you distress and you want help, from a neutral source, finding a way to cope with and work through the issue so it no longer interferes with your ability to live your best life. The therapeutic relationship that will occur between us consists of identifying the issue(s), mapping past responses & outcomes, separating what you can & can’t control, exploring your strengths, and developing a new plan to manage the problem(s). My job as a therapist is to empower you to develop insight and create your own solution, not solve the problem for you. Once you’ve created & implemented your plan, I will provide support & reinforcement.

In addition to CBT, I provide Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). SFBT concentrates on finding solutions in the present and exploring one’s hope for the future in order to find a quick and pragmatic resolution of one’s problems. This method takes the approach that you know what you need to do to improve your own life and, with the appropriate coaching and questioning, are capable of finding the best solutions. Last, I also incorporate psychoeducation within the other modalities I practice. Psychoeducation combines the elements of cognitive-behavior therapy, group therapy, and education. The basic aim is to provide clients knowledge about various facets of mental illness and its treatment so that they can work together with mental health professionals for a better overall outcome.

The benefits of a trained, experienced therapist are objectivity, neutrality, expertise in models of human behavior, and knowledge of therapeutic techniques. In addition to my Colorado Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential, I am a Nationally Certified Counselor, "NCC", which means I completed a graduate program with the highest level of accreditation, passed the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) examination ("NCE"), and adhere to the rigorous ethics and principles (American Counseling Association) established specifically for Licensed Professional Counselors across the United States and some foreign countries and/or territories.

I recently completed training to provide clinical supervision to new therapists pursuing licensure (only in Colorado) and am pursuing additional training to become an Accredited Clinical Supervisor (ACS). I'm also currently in the process of completing 10 hours of training in the Neurobiology of Trauma through the National Institute of the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM). This training will enhance my ability to provide therapy for people suffering from past and/or current trauma.

In addition to the continuing education described above I am enrolled in two more courses: one for ongoing education in Clinical Psychcopharmacology for Masters-level therapists; and the other in the expanding field of study in Psychedelic-assisted Psychotherapies.

If, at any point in therapy, I determine that I lack the expertise to provide sufficient therapeutic assistance to you I will assist you in finding a therapist who can better meet your needs. It is also not uncommon for clients & therapists to fail to make a therapeutic connection. It’s important for both of us to be forthcoming about this if it occurs. You also have the right to a second opinion and to discontinue services with me at any time,

I am a fierce mental health advocate. We all experience times in our lives that test our strength. There’s no weakness in acknowledging this and being proactive about seeking help. It takes a lot of strength to admit you’re struggling. Your mental health is as important as your medical health.

Millions of people in the U.S. are affected by mental illness each year. It’s important to measure how common mental illness is, so we can understand its physical, social and financial impact — and so we can show that no one is alone. These numbers are also powerful tools for raising public awareness, stigma-busting and advocating for better health care. As of 2020: 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year; 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year; 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year; 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24; and suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-14.

I promote the knowledge that not all undesirable behavior is due to mental illness; in fact, most of it is not. This implies that all people who have a mental illness are inherently poorly behaved and therefore inherently flawed, but nothing could be further from the truth. Mental illness does not excuse harmful behavior but it can explain the reason. I also know that people who have a chronic mental illness can and do have successful, fulfilling lives. As we increase awareness we improve treatment, erase the stigma, and create a world where mental health and wellness are embraced as a healthcare priority.

I look forward to working with you.


  • Family conflicts
  • Parenting issues
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Compassion fatigue , Adoption and Foster Care , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Blended Family Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Years of Experience: 25

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


CO LPC LPC.0016009


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Elizabeth McKinley. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Nov 24, 2022 after therapy with Elizabeth for 1 month on issues concerning family conflicts

Elizabeth is great- she quickly hones in on the issues at hand and is incredibly empathetic.

Written on Nov 18, 2022 after therapy with Elizabeth for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, coaching, and adhd

Elizabeth is amazing, she’s been so helpful and really attentive to my therapy needs and situation. It’s been a great experience!

Written on Nov 07, 2022 after therapy with Elizabeth for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

My first phone session with Elizabeth went well. She gave me good tools to handle my problem.

Written on Oct 12, 2022 after therapy with Elizabeth for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

I was not doing good. My depression was so bad that I was ideating and even trying suicide. Elizabeth saved my life. She quickly identified the direness of my situation. And she knew exactly how to help me. I recently celebrated my 35th birthday and this is possible because of Elizabeth.

Elizabeth has so much valuable experience in the field, she guided me through terrible experiences with psychiatrists and helped me identify what a good psychiatrist looks like.

I’ve been told by friends and family to seek professional help all my life. And when I finally did, I discovered the mental health industry is hard to navigate. The experience of going through disappointing experiences with therapists and psychiatrist is a discouraging one. There are times I felt I was doing something wrong and felt unheard. I was desperately trying to call out for help and was being told you’re fine. Elizabeth listened to my distress call. She held tight to me in my darkest days, constantly checking in on me and making sure I was safe.

Since finding Elizabeth, I have now been diagnosed by a psychiatrist for Bipolar Disorder. I am now taking lithium for the manic episodes and Effexor for the depression. I am balanced and living my best life now. This is possible because of Elizabeth.

I’d like Elizabeth to stay my therapist for the rest of my life. If such a thing was possible.

Thank you Elizabeth, you have changed my life for the better, I am so grateful to you.

Written on Oct 05, 2022 after therapy with Elizabeth for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Elizabeth has been a great woman to speak with. I don't feel judged at all and can tell her everything going on. She really is there to listen to me and help me through my struggles. I'm so excited we matched...I wouldn't wanna talk to anyone else.

Written on Sep 05, 2022 after therapy with Elizabeth for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and sleeping disorders

Elizabeth has helped me in the two sessions we have met. I think she is knowledgeable and she has given me some great tips and help.

Written on Aug 27, 2022 after therapy with Elizabeth for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

She’s been great!

Written on Jul 28, 2022 after therapy with Elizabeth for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coaching

She is very forthright and knowledgeable. Also makes the effort to make sure I feel comfortable

Written on Jun 11, 2022 after therapy with Elizabeth for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, anger management, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

She’s great. Really listens to me

Written on May 29, 2022 after therapy with Elizabeth for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and anger management

Really communicative and appreciate her advice

Written on Mar 30, 2022 after therapy with Elizabeth for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Elizabeth has been great. She has provided necessary information to make me feel safe and supported during our conversations and between messages. She checks in regularly and replies timely. I am excited to continue working with her.

Written on Mar 24, 2022 after therapy with Elizabeth for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

After only a few sessions Elizabeth helped me identify some underlying fears behind my symptoms and gave me lots of helpful methods to work on them. Elizabeth is very attentive, reliable and professional and I strongly recommend working with her!

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