Peggy Thomsen, MSW, LICSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, specializing in therapy for children, young adults, parents, and families. She is a certified adoption-competent therapist providing services to the greater Twin Cities from her office in Eagan, Minnesota.
With more than 18 years experience as a therapist and school social worker, Peggy has helped families resolve concerns related to infertility, depression, adoption, relationships, parenting, and navigating through the special education system.
In addition, Peggy has presented to parents in the adoption community and educators on topics ranging from reactive attachment disorder to strategies for positive discipline.
Peggy’s work with clients is focused on finding solutions that respect everyone involved. In therapy, it is okay for every person to be express fears and feelings without fear of judgement. In her work with children, Peggy focuses on the qualities of the parent-child relationship and coaches parents to fine-tune their interactions in a way that best fits the emotional age and needs of the child. Parents are guided to use playfulness, acceptance, curiosity, and empathy (PACE) with their child to increase the feeling of safety. The safety the child experiences then allows positive neurological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral growth for each child. To maximize effectiveness, most work related to children is done with active participation of the parent(s).
MSW - Masters in Social Work, University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN with elective work in grief and loss, spirituality, and bio-medical ethics. Clinical Research: Nine Psychological Tasks of Marriage and their Influence on Marital Happiness. Post Graduate:Adoption Competency Certification.
B.S. Computer Science, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
License, Certifications & Awards
LICSW – Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Minnesota Board of Social Work
School Social Worker II (K-12) Minnesota Department of Children, Families, and Learning
Adoption Competency Certification, December 2013
Reality Therapy – William Glasser
Play Therapy - Terry Kottman & Jeff Ashby, September 2010
Trauma Treatment for Children - Paris Goodyear-Brown, September 2011
Brain-Wise Play Therapy - Bonnie Badenoch, September 2012
Developmental Assessment and Clinical Metaphor - Eliana Gil, September 2013
Professional Activities and Memberships:
NASW – National Association of Social Workers (past)
Facilitator – Adoptive Moms Group, St. Paul, MN