Robert McElwee

LCMFT

About me

My name is Bob McElwee, and I have been a clinical therapist for more than 25 years. I am a retired clergyman, and I currently work as a teacher and chaplain at a boys boarding school in Southeast Kansas. My wife and I have raised seven children, and we currently have 15 grandchildren. I have earned master’s degrees in literature, theology, and clinical psychology. Additionally, I also have an associate degree as a motorcycle repair and maintenance technician. In addition to riding and repairing Harley Davidson motorcycles, I enjoy gardening, carpentry, scuba diving, long distance bicycle riding, model trains, exercise, travel, and reading.
As a clergyman I have considerable experience in marriage preparation, couples counseling, divorce adjustment, and grief and bereavement therapy. As a clinical therapist most of my work has been with individual mood disorders (e.g. anxiety and depression). I am a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (LCMFT). As such I have worked mostly with people in stressed relationships that have produced individual disfunctions and flawed coping strategies.
My theoretical basis for most of my therapeutic interventions is most accurately described as “Cognitive-Behavioral.” Even so I take “Script Theory” seriously and find it a useful tool in helping people to re-conceptualize and organize their personality structure and characteristics. In this regard I am currently investigating “Narrative Therapy” and its theoretic techniques.
At base I am an optimistic person who believes that people have the ability to recover from past negative experiences if given proper tools, techniques, and encouragement. I enjoy assisting people as they create a productive, responsible, principled, and creative life that they can be proud of, and enjoy.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Attachment Issues , Avoidant Personality , Blended Family Issues , Dependent Personality , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy

Years of Experience: 24

Services offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

KS LCMFT LCMFT 069


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Robert McElwee. 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 26, 2022 after therapy with Robert for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Robert is very attentive and responsive even outside the therapy session. During the session, he asks useful and thought-provoking questions which effectively allow me to reflect on my current situation. He is also always supportive to me and always makes me feel much better after the session. Outside the sessions, he responds with helpful/empathetic feedback to all the journals I shared with him.

Written on Sep 21, 2022 after therapy with Robert for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, and adhd

Mr. McElwee maintained interest and asked questions. He responded to me typically within 24 hrs. He was professional and courteous with every engagement we had.

Written on Aug 28, 2022 after therapy with Robert for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Robert is an amazing person to work with. I'm glad he was there on my journey of self recovery. He was there to listen and give guidance. One a way i can describe is that he was on of the things that was holding that candle in that dark tunnel for me when I was in one of my lowest. A truly helpful and Wiseman. Not only did he help me with my mental health he helped me with other everyday experience that people go through. He is a good person.

Written on Apr 14, 2022 after therapy with Robert for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief

Only have had one session but I know he can help me get to a better place and I look forward to this journey

Written on Dec 15, 2021 after therapy with Robert for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and compassion fatigue

This has been a great experience for me. Robert has been kind, helpful, full of great advice and humorous. I have grown a lot and look forward to our weekly video calls. I can’t recommend him enough.

Written on Nov 29, 2021 after therapy with Robert for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Robert was awesome in helping me work through a difficult situation. He was not afraid to push me outside of my comfort zone and make me think outside the box. He helped me find tangible ways for me to improve my situation.

Written on Nov 28, 2021 after therapy with Robert for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Mr. McElwee is really empathetic and supportive. There is nothing I feel that I couldn’t tell him.

I highly recommend him.

Written on Nov 18, 2021 after therapy with Robert for 5 months on issues concerning lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and adhd

Robert has been nothing short of an amazing therapist. He has helped me grow into a more confident person, and has helped me realize what truly matters to me and also what my true value is. Robert is very honest and has sometimes told me some harsh truths (that in all honesty I should've heard a long time ago). Anyone would be lucky to have Robert as their therapist.

Written on Nov 02, 2021 after therapy with Robert for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Very nice and open minded individual! Also has a nice sense of humor!

Written on Nov 01, 2021 after therapy with Robert for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

I truly appreciate his no nonsense style of therapy. It is sorely lacking in the field of therapy. He doesn't try and make you feel warm and fuzzy. He tries to fix your problem no matter who or what is causing it. He will tell you the reality of the situation so you can get better asap. I could not recommend him more especially for young men who are struggling with depression and a sense of purposelessness or feeling lost. As I said before though he doesn't sugarcoat so I wouldn't recommend him you just wanted to vent about things not proactively solve in the real world. There are plenty of other therapists who are great for that objective

Written on Aug 31, 2021 after therapy with Robert for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

I'm very thankful for his help during a very hard time on my life.

Written on Jul 21, 2021 after therapy with Robert for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Robert is awesome. He's definitely seasoned veteran. If you tried to hide your problems, he will know. So be ready for your changes with Robert because something good will come to you :)

Written on Jul 05, 2021 after therapy with Robert for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and

supper nice and very supporting

Written on May 19, 2021 after therapy with Robert for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Great therapist

Written on May 13, 2021 after therapy with Robert for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Easy to talk to. Understanding and caring.

Work with me!