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Kelly Pieper, MSW, LICSW, IMH-E®

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I am an outpatient therapist and clinical supervisor with more than 10 years of experience in providing services to children and families on the permanency spectrum. I am also training in Trauma Informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP) for children under 6.

I completed the PACC program through the UMN in early 2015 and continue to use this training as a guide for working effectively with my clients. I believe that adoption is a lifelong process that occurs both individually and within a larger family system. With this in mind, my approach integrates a broad spectrum of modalities based on the child’s development, age, needs, and presenting concerns. Additionally, it has been my experience that children typically do best with integrating their adoption history into who they are when they have support from family. As such, I typically seek to involve the family in some capacity as well. If you would like more specific information about me or the way in which I practice therapy with an adoption/permanency lens, please feel free to contact me. I’m always happy to answer questions.

Philosophy of Practice:
“It is my goal to provide all families with high-quality services that take into account the unique needs of the family and children. It is my philosophy that all children and families have positive attributes that can and should be viewed as strengths. These strengths serve as the foundation for building skills and improving functioning.”

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Saint Paul, MN 55106

Phone: 612-412-4201
Free to Feel Therapeutic Services

Saint Paul, MN 55106

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Practice Location:
Insurance Taken:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Medical Assistance
Optum Health
United Healthcare
Treatment Modalities:
Adlerian Play Therapy
Art Therapy
Attachment Bio-Behavioral Catch-Up (ABC)
Circle of Security
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Crisis Intervention Training
DC 0-5
Experiential Play Therapy
Filial Play Therapy
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
LifeBook/Life Story Work
Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT)
Psychological Testing
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART)
Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF CBT)
Trauma-informed Child Parent Psychotherapy (TI-CPP)
Areas of Practice:
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Childhood Depression
Early Traumatic Experiences
Foster Care
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Kinship Families
Mood Disorder
Open Adoption
Parent Coaching
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Transracial/Transcultural Families
Client Demographics:
Adult (Ad. Parent - Individual)
Birth/First Parent/Family Work
Elementary Age (7-12)
Family Work
Infant (0-2)
Parent Coaching
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (19-25)
Young Child (3-6)
PACC Graduate
Graduate of Permanency & Adoption Competency Certificate Program (PACC) through UMN’s Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare - More Info


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