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2121 Cliff Drive, Suite 111
Eagan, MN  55122

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 St. Paul, Minnesota.

With more than 16 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).

Additional Information

Service Location: Office Based

Languages Spoken: English

Practice Focus:
Young Child (0-5)
Elementary Age (6-12)
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (Adopted person; 19+)
Adult (Adopted person)
Adult (Adoptive Parent – Individual)

Areas of Practice Strength:
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Personality Disorders
Eating Disorders
Self-Harming Behaviors
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences

Treatment Modalities:
Play Therapy:
Sand Tray
Developmental Repair


updated winter/2017

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    Parents should carefully choose a therapist based on the individual needs of their family. For more information, please see the following fact sheets:

    Choosing a Therapist
    Adoption-Competent Therapist Traits
    Working with an Adoption Therapist

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