Welcome to my therapy practice. I believe that therapy is a journey towards growth and change. Over the past thirty years, I've had the honor of sharing this journey with adults of all ages, as well as adolescents and children.
In the beginning, I often help people with an immediate problem or crisis. My personal style is warm, supportive and interactive. I often draw from cognitive behavioral techniques, which stress concrete, behavioral change. Gradually, I create a safe space where we can establish a trusting relationship. Some people choose to do some short-term therapy, generally four to six sessions, so we can address a specific issue. Other people see me for longer periods of time. People begin to identify the patterns they want to change. They find the behaviors they want to replace with new ones. Some clients explore the deeper feelings underlying the issues that brought them to my office.
It has been my privilege to see how therapy can make a real difference in peoples’ lives. After a while, people begin to feel better. They describe themselves as “feeling lighter,” or “doing things I never thought possible.” Some people feel totally transformed. Many heal old wounds from long ago and feel freed up, with new energy. People understand themselves better and often see the world around them in a more positive way. They begin to make new choices and practice new behaviors. Their relationships with family and friends improve. Many begin to realize their dreams at last.
As a therapist, I have always had a co-therapist, my own dog! My colleague now is my year-old shaggy brown dog, named Maisie. Maisie is full of energy so at first she brings a lively presence to the room. Later, she settles down and sleeps at people’s feet. Maisie joins us only when invited, of course.
Additionally, I offer specialized services including:
Over the years, I've developed an expertise in working with people who come to me with a wide range of issues and concerns:
B.A. Cornell University
Phi Beta Kappa
M.S.W. Columbia University School for Social Work
Ph. D. Boston College
I have published a range of children's books, most with a psychological focus. See www.carolpeacock.com.
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Licensure: I am licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to practice Clinical Psychology. My Massachusetts License is #3952.
I have always used my dog as my co-therapist. I believe that a dog in a therapy session brings a sense of calm to a room. Studies show that when people pat a dog, for instance, their blood pressure goes down. My dog also offers unconditional love to each person who comes through my door. I have seen my dog soothe people’s anxiety or immediately sense when they are upset, wanting comfort.
My current dog co-therapist is a year-old brown Labradoodle named Maisie. If you're allergic to dogs, Maisie is hypoallergenic. If you’d rather that Maisie not join us, no worries, she won't be invited to our session.
Phone: (617) 862-6466
My office is located at:
32 Fern Street, Newton, MA. 02466
Here is a map:
On Fern Street, my office is in the yellow house at the top of the hill. You can park anywhere on my side of the street. When you get to my door, you can ring the doorbell and let yourself in. If I'm still in session, the reception room is the second door on the left. I'll come out to find you.