Carol’s Close Up – Dr Dorothy McCoy – Author, Psychotherapist, Master Instructor, Security Training Consultant

Carol’s Close Up with Dr Dorothy McCoy!


My ‘Close Up’ today is with a very special lady, and I have good reason to think that. Dr. Dorothy McCoy is a Licensed Professional Counsellor in both North and South Carolina. She began her first private practice in 1991 after she graduated with a Masters in Clinical Counselling from the Citadel in Charleston. Later, she went back to school to get her Doctorate, graduating from the University of Sarasota in 2001, with a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. Dr Dorothy has written several books listed below and I have one of her wonderful CD’s for relaxation … believe me this is how I know this woman is extremely gifted!

Dr Dorothy is the author of counselling/psychology books:

From Shyness to Social Butterfly (Wellness Institute, 2003) (Revising for 2012)

The Ultimate Book of Personality Tests (Source Books, 2005) also Translated into Dutch

The Manipulative Man (Adams Media, 2005) also translated into Romanian To Order

Brain Games: Personality Quizzes (2009, Brain) To Order

For the men reading this, I understand Dr Dorothy was asked to write the Manipulative Man and most of it could also be applied to women. In most cases, she believes that both men and women want to be happy in their relationships and if encouraged will work toward that happiness. 


 Dr Dorothy McCoy at her desk.


Hello Dr D!


As you know I am an avid fan of both your books, and your relaxation CD which can also be used as an aid to eating healthy - I swear I couldn’t live without this CD!  Thank you so much for agreeing to chat with me today. I’m really excited about this interview so let’s get straight into the world of Dr Dorothy McCoy!


What are you up to at the moment?


Hello Carol!


I am in general practice as a psychotherapist (Licensed Professional Counsellor) in North Carolina. I have 20 years of experience in treating many psychological and emotional issues. I specialize in anxiety disorders such as PTSD (crime victims, accident victims, law enforcement, and military) and generalized anxiety and depression, grief and couples issues. I am located in Hillsborough, North Carolina and my phone number is 919 245 1034


This project is relatively new isn’ t it so now it is all set up what’s next?


I am talking with a forensic psychiatrist and an international law enforcement official about collaborating on two books. We have not decided on titles yet. Both should be exceptionally exciting. Stay tuned…


You certainly don’t let the grass grow under your feet do you? ;-) I would like to know more about you and your life if I may?


Fire away! :-)


Where are you from originally?

I have lived most of my life in South Carolina

Tell me a little about yourself, your education, your family life.

I received my BA from the University of South Carolina, my Masters from The Citadel (The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston—Go Citadel!) and my Doctorate from the University of Sarasota. I am a law enforcement consultant (specialty in deviant personalities), psychotherapist, former law enforcement and writer. I live in a small town in North Carolina and I would absolutely adore living at the beach.

Yes, we are very lucky to live near the beach but I’m sure you’d use it a lot more than we do on the Isle of Wight due to the weather! I hear you’ve started doing radio interviews on Voice America?

Yes, I recently started doing radio interviews on psychopaths, interrogation of psychopaths and psychopathic behaviours. I am revising my Master Instructor Manual (law enforcement) and my social phobia/shyness book.

When and why did you begin writing and when did you first consider yourself a writer?

A graduate professor at The University of Sarasota, Dr. Reynolds, told me I had talent and I should write. He was my advisor, so I listened and started writing professionally. It took a while. I felt as if I was an imposter for the first 3 published books, so I would mumble “writer” when asked about my profession.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I was treating a client for Social Phobia and he would not come into my office. I was determined to help him, though over the telephone counselling is not the optimal method of counselling—in my opinion. I have always believed that a workbook is better for changing behaviours than a traditional book. Each week I would write a few pages of a workbook for him. After he completed counselling I had a workbook—From Shyness to Social Butterfly. I approached the Wellness Institute and they published it. I was asked to write my –The Ultimate Book of Personality Tests—by a publishing house.

Do you have a specific writing style?


How do you come up with the titles for your books?

Normally, the publisher makes the final decision on the Title. The title, The Manipulative Man, was chosen before I wrote the book. I was asked to write that book also.

 What books have influenced your life most?

All of the Charles Dickens books, many research psychology books and, of course, the Bible…

What book are you reading now? 

I am actually reading, Consequences. I have read your first book Deadly Focus three times. As a former law enforcement officer, I love your books for their authenticity and for the skill you and Bob bring to writing genuine page turners.

Awh, thank you Dr D, that means a lot coming from someone with your background. Which authors grab your interest?

I tend to look back, with the exception of your books, to the established authors and the classics. I really need to experiment more don’t I?

Yes you do, and I can tell you we have plenty of very talented authors at Caffeine Nights ;-) What are your current writing projects?

I am revising my first book, the Social Phobia/Shyness book (From Shyness to Social Butterfly—the first chapter is free on my website I am also rewriting my Master Instructor Manual (law enforcement) and writing a chapter in an edited book on Police Leadership and Ethics.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

I have had so many fabulous people (and my dog, Sophie—she sleeps and snores while I write) support me I could not begin to name them all—they are dear people and I love them.

We have more in common than you think! Our dogs Belle and Vegas are at the centre of our daily lives! In fact they are even named in our books. Max the dog we write about mostly and who belongs to DI Dylan and Jen sadly died this year and Bob and I were both wrecks!  Move on before we get all sad shall we?  Do you see writing as your career?

Yes, but I also perceive it as a vehicle for getting the message out about my other careers, police consulting and psychotherapy. 

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I love to read and I have always been an insatiable reader. I read hundreds of books a year. Writing is the next logical step.

Can you share a little of your current work with u?

From Shyness to Social Butterfly gives readers the skills and tools they need to step from behind the isolating walls they have built and one step at a time become free.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Sitting at my computer (there is a picture of my ball and chain roll top desk on my Facebook page) and not interacting with people. Though, of course, Sophie is here—sleeping.

Yeah, I guess most of us find that a challenge, especially when the sun is shining. Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Charles Dickens has always, since I was a little girl, been my favourite writer. I admire his compassion for the underdog and his belief that right would triumph over darkness. Those were dark times when Dickens was writing. The poor were living in hovels with little to eat and no hope for a better future. Dickens fought against that disparity in Jolly Old England…which was not really so very jolly unless one was part of the upper class. He helped to change the world. Much of the world, including the United States, was much the same at the time. 

Do you have to travel much?

Not as much as I would like.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? 

In The Manipulative Man, I learned much about manipulators and the damage they can do emotionally, psychologically and even physically. I learned to never stand between a psychopath and his/her goal.

Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Write what you know and love. Find your passion and follow it.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 

Thank you so much for choosing my books. I am always honoured to hear from readers, please contact me Unless, of course, you are a psychopath :-)

If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done? 

I am a psychotherapist and police consultant; therefore, I would have simply been content to practice in those professions.

Who would your ideal dinner guests be?

I know this sounds odd, but I would like to have dinner with Jack the Ripper and Lee Harvey Oswald. I would love to have the answers to these two monumental mysteries. Since they ”the guys” are in spirit only, I should be safe. Then I will write the “real” stories and become very wealthily…:)

How do you relax?


I am not sure I ever really relax. I love to be busy with my mind set to “drive.” However, there are things that have a calming effect. I love to read just about anything, murder mysteries, biographies, history, criminology (especially cold cases), and psychology. The beach is a calming treat for me and it is my long term goal. I want to live at the beach. Wow! What fun that would be…


Who would your Ideal man be?


My ideal man would be courageous, intelligent, a country “taker-overer,” handsome, compassionate, creative, talented, sexy, honourable, passionate and with a great sense of humour. You did say, ideal…right?


Tell me about an amusing situation you found yourself in.


I taught an Anger-Management class for cops in South Carolina a few years ago. I was teaching with the expectation they would learn how to handle angry citizens. They were taking the class because their chiefs had demanded that they attend the class to learn to manage their anger. I wondered why, on the first day, twelve very angry cops were staring me down. They were armed too!


What’s your favourite perfume?




Bob can never understand why my handbag is so heavy. I’m a woman aren’t I and I might need anything, and everything at the drop of a hat! What’s in your handbag Dr D?


My handbag is a very large, brown leather massive carry space–given to me by a friend. I don’t think anyone has the time to read everything I have in it. Short list: money, wallet with ID, etc., 5 pounds of keys, letters, five or six lipsticks (one cannot run out), sometimes my cell phone, small appointment book, sunglasses, two or three pens, …I will stop while you are still interested. You are interested, right?  


Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it – just so people can get in touch with you?

The website for her practice is

If you’d like one of Dr Dorothy’s CD’s I spoke about at the beginning of the interview, she tells me that they cost US $20.00 and to purchase one you can call her office on 919 245 1034 or email her at   

 Thank you so very much for joining me today Dr D. It has been lovely talking to you.  

Carol :-)












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