Dr. Chelsea R. MacCaughelty, PhD, LCSW, CDWF


I believe that healing and recovery are connected to our ability to engage effectively in and
build relationships with others. As a therapist, I seek to help my clients understand how past experiences have shaped their approach to their life, values, and interpersonal relationships. I value helping clients increase their self-awareness as well as identify and understand ways in which their current behaviors hinder authentic living. Moreover, I believe healing occurs in recovery and in therapy, which takes place within the safety of the therapeutic relationship. I emphasize attachment and the quality of the therapeutic relationship. I work with individuals who struggle in their relationships with themselves and others, and I am experienced in providing psychotherapy to young adults, professionals, couples, adolescents, and families.

My areas of expertise include eating disorders, personality disorders, relationship problems, anxiety and mood disorders, substance use disorders, trauma, and complicated grief and loss. I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Georgia and my PhD from Smith College School for Social Work. I have a decade of experience working at The Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas, including creating and co-developing the Eating Disorders Track, which provides patients with programming and meal support.

I have training and expertise in the following treatment methods: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Mentalization-based Treatment (MBT); psychodynamic psychotherapy; Radically-Open Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO-DBT), and The Daring Way ™. In addition, I am a state approved clinical social work supervisor (LCSW-S) and a Certified Daring Way Facilitator ™ (CDWF). Lastly, as a clinician-researcher, I have interests in training academic and healthcare professionals in the identification and assessment of eating disorders. Through education initiatives, I believe we can reduce shame and stigma associated with mental illnesses.

I grew up in Georgia and have a love for the outdoors. I enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, watching college sports, and spending time with my five siblings, nieces, and nephews. •