Peggy DeCarlis


About Me

I am an experienced therapist with advanced training in strengths-based, solution-focused, and integrated behavioral-focused therapies with a strong focus on skill-building. I have a master’s degree from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, with a mental health specialty. I have been a licensed clinical social worker for over 30 years. My experience in those three decades convinced me that we often learn problem behaviors that negatively impact our quality of life. I'm also convinced that many of these behaviors occur because of skill deficits. Working together, you can learn better ways to address the challenges in your life.

I practice a type of therapy that aims to help clients accept what is out of their control, and commit instead to actions that enrich their lives. Our goal is to help you create a rich and meaningful life and develop mindfulness skills alongside the existence of pain and suffering.

I have been described as supportive, caring, and compassionate, with a good sense of humor. I like to focus on identifying your strengths and helping you maximize them to overcome your obstacles. I'm here to help you sort through the things that are difficult right now, and offer you a safe place to be open and honest without fear of judgment. You have taken the first and most important step by reaching out for help.

I have specialized experience in several areas including depression, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, relationship, and career/workplace issues. I am successful in working with individuals who are struggling with behavioral contributors to insomnia, chronic pain, diabetes, and other chronic medical conditions. I primarily use Acceptance and Commitment, Solution-Focused, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. More importantly, however, I know that whatever the intervention, the real change comes from you and strengths that you may not be currently aware of.

I engage with clients with admiration and respect in their journey to a better quality of life. I look forward to hearing your story and concerns and working with you to develop new skills and find solutions.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Coaching , Cancer , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 22

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LSCSW #4892 (Expires: 2023-01-31)

LCSW-C #07007 (Expires: 2021-10-31)

LCSW #2018043959 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Written by S.T. on Jun 10, 2021 after counseling with Peggy for 3 months

courteous and professional

Written by H.I. on Apr 06, 2021 after counseling with Peggy for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Peggy is amazing! I feel more at ease since I started therapy with her. She really listens to you and does her best to help you in any way she is can.