Welcome to my Practice
You're searching for answers. You've come to the right place.
Hi, I'm Dr. Peggy DeLong, The Gratitude Psychologist.
If you've been searching for more out of life, for more peace, joy, comfort, and confidence, along with scientifically backed, proven methods, then you're in the right place.
As a licensed psychologist for over 18 years, I've offered a variety of clinical, consultation, forensic, and community services.
I deliver with compassion, care, understanding, and acceptance. I have extensive training and experience with preschoolers and young children, in addition to my work with teens and adults.
My private practice in psychology is located in the heart of beautiful semi-rural Long Valley, New Jersey.
What makes my work unique?
In addition to my 18 years in the field of psychology, I bring my real-life experience, my deep understanding of the scientific support for my work, and dynamic presentation skills to every one of my offers.
My job is to give you the tools you need to make your life all that you want it to be, even when life is tough. Because let's be honest, sometimes it will be.
I'm regularly published in national magazines and journals on the topics of parenting, psychology, and life.
My inspirational memoir, I Can See Clearly Now: A Memoir about Love, Grief, and Gratitude, was published by Peacock Proud Press.
I also recently published a Gratitude Journal: A 365 Day Gratitude Journey
How can you work with me?
I offer a variety of 1:1 options in my private practice in New Jersey for psychological counseling, and I have courses in gratitude and the law of attraction. If you're looking for my forensic talents, you'll find what you need at the bottom of this page.
I provide counseling services to individuals, from preschool through adult, utilizing cognitive/behavioral, interpersonal, humanistic, and psychodynamic techniques, tailored to your unique needs.
I specialize in:
Grief and Loss
Coping with Illness
Support Through Crisis and Change
As I work with you, we'll draw upon your strengths and practice new coping skills, so you can live your most fulfilling life, even during difficult times.
Time-Limited Sessions Focused on:
Harnessing the Power of Gratitude
Finding Joy and Cultivating Happiness
Understanding and Using The Law of Attraction
The Power of Positive Thinking
Creative Mindfulness Exercises
If you're looking for community, family, or parenting support, or for a workshop for your business or group, I offer trainings and workshops for:
Public and Private Schools
Coping with Grief and Loss
Mind, Body, and Spiritual Wellness
Fostering Positive Family Relationships
So what am I up to now?
I am currently working on my third book about finding joy in everyday living, especially during difficult times, which is slated to be out in 2020.
I also coordinate a free women's walking group, and I'm hosting a live, in-person retreat. I have a few slots left, and you can CLICK HERE to reserve your spot.
In my forensic practice, I conduct court-ordered psychological evaluations, parenting evaluations, risk assessments, expert witness testimony regarding child protection matters, and consultation to other professionals.
My clients have included parents, private attorneys, Law Guardians, and the State of New Jersey. I have specialized training and 18 years of experience in child protection matters and have provided expert witness testimony in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset, Passaic, and Warren counties.
Psy.D. in School-Clinical Child Psychology, Pace University, Top Graduate, 2000
M.S. Ed., School-Clinical Child Psychology, Pace University, 1998
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ 1992
B.A., Psychology, University of Vermont, Magna Cum Laude, 1990
SIGNIFICANT HONORS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
2010 Outstanding Volunteer, Girls Scouts of Northern New Jersey
2004 Who’s Who Among American Women
2000 Outstanding Doctoral Student in Psychology, Pace University
1998 Graduate Psychology Award, Pace University
1996 Dr. Lawrence Gilbert Scholarship from the Open Heart Organization of New Jersey
1995 Bernardsville Business and Professional Women’s Association Scholarship
1990 Heinz Ansbacher Award for outstanding research and scholarship in the field of Humanistic Psychology, University of Vermont
1989-present Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, University of Vermont
1989 Undergraduate Research Symposium participant, University of Vermont
1988 Outstanding College Students of America
3/02 – present PSYCHOLOGIST, Private Practice, 41 East Mill Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853
1/01 – 9/04 PROGRAM DIRECTOR, PSYCHOLOGIST, Family Connections, Orange, NJ
1/01 – 9/04 PrePARE (Preschool Psychological Assessment Resources and Education)
1/01 – 9/04 FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATOR, Family Connections, Orange, NJ
1/01 – 12/01 PSYCHOTHERAPIST, Outpatient Department, Family Connections, Orange, NJ
9/00 – 12/00 SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST, Livingston Public Schools, Livingston, NJ
6/93 - 12/97 PARENT/CHILD THERAPIST, Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Therapeutic Learning Center, Dept. of Psychiatry
8/96 - 6/97 PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATOR, Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Therapeutic Learning Center – Dept. of Psychiatry
5/91 - 8/91 CAREGIVER, Our House Incorporated, Berkeley Heights, NJ
9/89 - 4/90 CHILD CARE COUNSELOR, Baird Center for Children and Families, Burlington, VT
SUPERVISED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE
9/99 - 9/00 PSYCHOLOGY INTERN, Atlantic Behavioral Health; Morristown Memorial Hospital
Family Enrichment Program and Center for Evaluation and Psychotherapy
7/98 - 6/99 PSYCHOLOGY EXTERN, Tomorrows Children’s Institute
Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
Pediatric Oncology/Hematology Program
9/96- 6/98 SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY EXTERN, Chatham, NJ
5/96 - 6/98 PSYCHOTHERAPIST, Pace Center for Psychological Services, New York, NY
"I Can See Clearly Now: A Memoir about Love, Grief, and Gratitude", Peacock Proud Press, 2019
"Gratitude Journal: A 365 Day Gratitude Journey", 2019
"Fostering Gratitude", The Independent Practitioner, 2019
"Mindfulness Exercises for Children (and Adults Too)", New Jersey Psychological Association E-Newsletter, Fall, 2016
"Helping Children Cope With Violence and Acts of Terrorism", New Jersey Psychological Association E-Newsletter, Summer, 2016
"Coping with Grief and Loss", New Jersey Psychological Association E-Newsletter, Spring, 2016
"Healing, Growing, and Making Sense of it All", Powder: The Skier's Magazine, January, 2016
"Fostering the Mother-Daughter Relationship", New Jersey Psychological Association E-Newsletter, Winter, 2015
“Coping with Loss During the Holidays”, New Jersey Psychological Association E-Newsletter, Fall 2014
“A Model of Mental Health Service Delivery for At-Risk Preschoolers”, New Jersey Psychologist, Summer 2004
“Practice Helper – Starting a Private Practice”, The Independent Practitioner, Spring 2008
"Children's Knowledge and Attitudes Toward a Classmate with Cancer: An Evaluation of a School Reintegration Program", Pace University, 1999
Gratitude Workshop, Arrowhead Lodge, Pocono Lake, PA, 2019
Gratitude Event, Journey's Day Spa, Pocono Pines, PA, 2019
Guest on Happy to Help, Radio Show of Nicole Smith, Hunterdon Chamber Radio, NJ, 2019
Guest of Suzane Northrup Blog Talk Radio, 2019
Special Guest for Tour Taste Talk to benefit Diva for a Day Foundation, Basking Ridge, NJ, 2019
Book Signing, The Market at Long Valley, Long Valley, NJ, 2019
Harnessing the Law of Attraction, Scooch A Mi Boutique, Chatham, NJ, 2019
Strengthening the Parent-Child Relationship, Dutchess Day School, Millbrook, NY, 2019
Gratitude Workshop, Women's Wellness New Jersey, Hackettstown, NJ 2019
Private Book Clubs, Chatham, Livingston, Long Valley, Whitehouse Station, NJ and Warwick, NY, 2019
Gratitude Workshop, Bee You Yoga and Wellness, Randolph, NJ 2019
Gratitude Workshop, Hackettstown Public Library, Hackettstown, NJ 2019
Teachable Moments in Business, Radio Show of Vicki Lynne Morgan, Hunterdon Chamber Radio, 2019
Harnessing the Power of The Law of Attraction, Imaginations, An International Boutique, Chester, NJ 2019
Harnessing the Power of The Law of Attraction, Perfect Harmony Yoga, Long Valley, NJ 2019
Book Signing and Presentation, Washington Township Public Library, Long Valley, NJ 2019
Book Launch Presentation, "I Can See Clearly Now: A Memoir about Love, Grief, and Gratitude", Bernardsville Public Library, Bernardsville, NJ 2019
Harnessing the Power of The Law of Attraction, Believe, Inspire, Grow (B.I.G.), Chatham, NJ 2019
Strengthening the Parent-Child Relationship, Washington Township Public Library, Long Valley, NJ 2019
Finding Joy and Cultivating Happiness in Everyday Living, Garden State Social, Long Valley, NJ2019
Gratitude Workshop, Perfect Harmony Yoga, Long Valley, 2019
Harnessing the Power of The Law of Attraction in Your Personal and Professional Lives, Believe, Inspire, Grow (B.I.G.), Basking Ridge Pod, 2018
Signs from the Other Side with Fern Ronay, BlogTalkRadio, 2018
Mindfulness Workshop: Beyond Meditation - Creative Exercises for You and Your Family, The Coffee Potter, Long Valley, NJ, 2018
Grief and Rebirth: Finding the Joy in Life Podcast with Irene Weinberg, 2018
Finding Joy and Cultivating Happiness in Everyday Living, Believe, Inspire, Grow, Morristown Pod, 2018
Teachable Moments in Business with Vicki Lynne Morgan, Hunterdon Chamber Radio, 2018
Harnessing the Power of The Law of Attraction in Your Personal and Professional Lives, Believe, Inspire, Grow (B.I.G.), South Orange/Maplewood Pod, 2018
Fostering Gratitude, Washington Township Public Library, Long Valley, NJ 2018
Fostering Gratitude, The Coffee Potter, Long Valley, NJ, 2018
Resilience is the New Happiness: Methods of Building Resilience Based on Research in Psychology, The Coffee Potter, Long Valley, NJ 2018
Finding Joy and Cultivating Happiness in Every Day Living, The Coffee Potter, Long Valley, NJ, 2018
Fostering Gratitude, Chester Public Library, Chester, NJ 2018
Harnessing the Power of The Law of Attraction in Your Personal and Professional Lives, Believe, Inspire, Grow (B.I.G.), Chester, NJ, 2018
Fostering Gratitude, Peapack Gladstone Bank Corporate Headquarters, Bedminster, NJ 2018
Fostering Gratitude, Scooch A Mi Boutique, Chatham, NJ 2018
Fostering Gratitude, Washington Township Public Library, 2018
Coping with Loss During the Holidays, Washington Township Public Library, 2016
Fostering the Mother-Daughter Relationship, Chester Public Library, 2016
The MotherDaughter Connection: Fostering the Mother-Daughter Relationship to help Adolescents Thrive into Adulthood, New Jersey Psychologists for the Promotion of Child Welfare, 2016
The MotherDaughter Connection: Fostering the Mother-Daughter Relationship to help Adolescents Thrive into Adulthood, Rutgers School of Social Work/New Jersey Department of Children and Families, 2016
Parents Monitoring Children's Use of Technology and Social Media, Morris County West Holistic Moms Network, 2016
Fostering the Mother-Daughter Relationship, Washington Township Public Library, 2016
Fostering Gratitude, Long Valley Arts/Teen Center, 2016
Coping with Loss During the Holidays, Long Valley Arts/Teen Center, 2015
Coping with Loss During the Holidays, Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church, 2014
Empathy and Young Children, The Albrook School, Basking Ridge, 2014
The Impact of Violence on Children, The Success by 6 Initiative of the United Way, 2005
The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children: Increasing Early Childhood Educators’
Understanding and Awareness and Improving Responses, The Success by 6
Initiative of the United Way, 2004
Children and Violence: What Can Parents Do? Kiddie Academy, Rockaway, 2003
Overview of Child Development, Camp Counselors of Camp Sunshine for children with
cancer, associated with the Valerie Fund, 2002
Grief and Bereavement, Widows of the Victims of the Terroristic Attack on the World
Trade Center, St. James Roman Catholic Church, Basking Ridge, 2002
POST GRADUATE SPECIALIZED TRAINING
Mindfulness Certificate - PESI
Child Custody Evaluations - Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Parent Coordination - Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Expert Witness Training – psychological evaluations regarding child protection matters
Conducting parenting evaluations
Divorce Mediation Training – New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators
Trauma, Grief, and Loss – International Association of Trauma Professionals
Believe, Inspire, Grow (B.I.G.)