James McElligott, PsyD

Serving: 13-15, 16+, 18+, 67+

About James McElligott, PsyD

Dr. McElligott completed his Bachelor of Art in English with a minor in Psychology from Washington College, his Master of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Trauma Studies from Chestnut Hill College, and his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with concentrations in Forensic Psychology and Child and Family Psychology. He completed his predoctoral internship at the Wilmington VAMC with rotations in Mental Health, Crisis/Intake, Telemental Health, Psychological/Neuropsychological Testing, and the Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program. He subsequently completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Maine Healthcare System with specializations in PTSD/Trauma, LGBTQA Veterans, and Geropsychology.

While his recent clinical work has focused on the veteran population, he has a strong background in working with a wide variety of clients of different ages and a range of presenting concerns in multiple settings. He has provided individual therapy in a community mental health clinic and college counseling center, provided a variety of clinical services on several inpatient units, worked in outpatient and group home settings with children and adolescents who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, and offered individual and group therapy to clients in a residential treatment center for traumatic brain injury.

Dr. McElligott has experience completing psychological evaluations to aid in diagnostic clarification and further assessment of symptoms, with an additional focus on neuropsychological evaluations to assess for difficulties with attention, concentration, memory, and learning disabilities. He has provided these assessments to a variety of age ranges, from children to older adults.

Services and Specializations:

Dr. McElligot's approach integrates a variety of modalities to meet the needs of each client and develop individualized plans that will match the unique goals each person brings into the therapy room. He has backgrounds in cognitive behavioral, acceptance and commitment, psychodynamic, humanistic/existential, and mindfulness based approaches and strategies. He also provides trauma-focused treatments including Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Written Exposure Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Dr. McElligott provides individual, couples, group, and family therapy. He also has a strong passion in working with the LGBTQA community and has worked with LGBTQA children, adolescents, young adults/college students, adults, and older adults. He welcomes opportunities to integrate the family into treatment and has also worked with parents who have children in the LGBTQA community. In addition, he has experience and training in providing hormone therapy evaluations and gender-affirming surgery evaluations for transgender clients. He values the opportunity to work with each client to help them tell their story, build on their strengths, and develop new tools and skills to meet their goals.


  • Addictions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Body Image
  • Cancer
  • Couples/Marital
  • Depression
  • Dysfunctional Family
  • Family Counseling
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss
  • Learning Disabilities/Sleep Problems
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • PTSD
  • Self-Esteem
  • Separation/Divorce/Step Families
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse (Alcohol, Marijuana, etc)
  • Substance Abuse (Opiod, Cocaine, etc)
  • Transgender/LGBTQ
  • Trauma & Trauma CBT
  • Locations


    53 Baxter Blvd
    Suite 3
    Portland, ME 04101


    • Aetna
    • Anthem
    • Cigna
    • Harvard Pilgrim
    • Multi Plan
    • Tufts
    • United Behavioral Health/Optum
    • US Family