carol peacock

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.



  • Individual psychotherapy with adults of all ages, including teens.
  • Individual psychotherapy college-aged students.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
  • Parent coaching.
  • Psychotherapy with children, in conjunction with parent coaching and family therapy.

Additionally, I offer specialized services including:

  • Life decision making, for people wanting to clarify relationship dilemmas, academic choices or career decisions.
  • Stress management.
  • Health and wellness.
  • Medical illness, chronic pain.
  • Life transitions, including divorce, changes in living situation, new job, unemployment, retirement or health status.
  • Time management.
  • Referrals to existing community resources, including career centers, substance abuse programs, support groups.


Over the years, I've developed an expertise in working with people who come to me with a wide range of issues and concerns:

  • Anxiety and panic disorders.
  • Depression.
  • Women’s’ Issues.
  • Trauma and abuse /PTSD.
  • Eating disorders/body image.
  • Relationship problems.
  • Bereavement and loss.
  • Addictions.
  • Chronic illness/chronic pain.
  • Sleep disorders and insomnia.

About Me


B.A. Cornell University
Phi Beta Kappa

M.S.W. Columbia University School for Social Work

Ph. D. Boston College

Years of Experience

30+ years



I have published a range of children's books, most with a psychological focus. See www.carolpeacock.com.

  • Hand Me Down Dreams (Schocken, 1981)
  • Sugar Was My Best Food: Diabetes and Me (Whitman, 1998)
  • Mommy Far, Mommy Near: An Adoption Story (Whitman, 2000)
  • Pilgrim Cat (Whitman, 2004)
  • Death and Dying (Scholastic, 2004)
  • Red Thread Sisters (Viking/Penguin 2012)


Articles on Adoption

  • "The Emerging Personality," Adoptive Families Magazine, July/August 2002.
  • "Your Child the Expert: Taking Her Cues," Adoptive Families Magazine, July/August, 2001.
  • "Pregnancy as an Opening to Talking about Adoption," Adoptive Families Magazine, May/June 2001.
  • "Come Play with Me: Projective Play with Children," Adoptive Families Magazine, March/April 2001.
  • "The Helpful Bookshelf," Adoptive Families Magazine, Winter 2001.

Other Articles

  • "Assessing and Intervening in Adolescent Suicide." Boston School Department, Spring, 1988.
  • "Female Adolescent Sexuality and the Mother-Daughter Bond." Exchanges Journal of Rutgers School of Social Work, Winter 1984.
  • "Pandora and Eve, Revisited." New Designs for Youth Development, Vol. 5, No. l, January/February, 1984.
  • "Young Female Offenders in Massachusetts." In Penelope Russianoff, (ed.) Women in Crisis. New York: Human Sciences Press, 1981.
  • "The Massachusetts Experiment: Towards Equal Services for Girls." International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Vol. 23, No. 3., London, England. Spring, 1980.


Newspaper Articles About My Therapy With Dogs

  • The Boston Herald, "Pets Have the Power to Keep Us Healthy," 6/9/85.
  • The New York Times, "New and Expanded Roles for Man's Best Friends," 8/23/86.
  • "Animals and Mental Health." National Forum, Vol. LXVI, No. l, Winter, 1986.
  • "The Role of the Therapist's Pet in Initial Psychotherapy Sessions with Adolescents." Interactions, Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 1985.
  • Time Magazine, "Furry and Feathered Therapists," 3/30/87.
  • The Boston Herald Sunday Magazine, "A Therapist's Pet Theory,"2/1/87.
  • The Boston Globe, "Therapist's Pet Theory Helps Troubled Kids," 12/16/88.
  • "Adding a Furry Family Member; Pets Can Play an Important Role in Children's Development," Boston Parents' Paper, July 1994.
  • The Boston Globe, "In The Lives of Children, Animals Can Play a Role,"1/17/2002.
  • Massachusetts Psychologist, "Psychologist Explains Role of her Co-Therapist Canine," 4/2004.

Licensure: I am licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to practice Clinical Psychology. My Massachusetts License is #3952.


  • The Massachusetts Psychological Association
  • The Humane Society of the United States
  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
the dog

The Dog

carol peacock & maisie

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
Email: carolpeacock@verizon.net

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.

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