Margaret E. "Peg" McCarthy, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

A native Topekan, Dr. Peg McCarthy has worked in private practice at Shadow Wood since 1998. Her love for language and literature led to an undergraduate degree in English from Yale University, and she first took her interest in narratives and story-telling into work in journalism. Ultimately, she felt called to a career in clinical psychology and returned to Kansas for her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. She completed an internship at the Colmery-O’Neil VAMC in Topeka.

Dr. McCarthy believes humans have an inborn drive to understand themselves and their experiences and to put meaning to them. Through a trusting, respectful relationship, she collaborates with her patients to accomplish their therapeutic goals and to help them move forward in their lives. She draws upon an eclectic range of approaches, including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal techniques, to build upon their strengths, to develop new ways of thinking, to construct solutions, and to remove barriers to progress.

Dr. McCarthy works with adolescents and adults in individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy. She enjoys completing psychological assessments to assist with diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Clients’ presenting concerns often include mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, grief and loss, relationships, personal growth, gender identity, and sexuality.

Specialized training has prepared her to work with people who are transgender. She is a frequent presenter in the community on understanding and meeting the needs of people who are transgender and gender non-conforming. Since 2015 she has facilitated a therapy group for adolescents who are transgender. She is a member of WPATH and APA.

Dr. McCarthy sees clients throughout the week and certain Sundays; appointments can be scheduled through the office manager. She contracts with many insurance plans. Co-payments may be made by check or cash.

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