Peggy Thomson, PhD

Peggy Thomson, PhD2024-03-07T19:36:05+00:00

Therapy is a dialogue and a partnership.

I am not the blank slate therapist who says “uh-huh” and nods occasionally.  I work interactively with a psychodynamic, compassionate, collaborative approach. In my office you will find a safe, supportive environment in which change can take place. Therapy enables you to experience and articulate your thoughts and feelings and try on different behaviors and attitudes.

We will engage in a dialogue in which I listen attentively and ask questions to get a sense of who you are and how you view yourself. How do you feel about the choices you have made in life, and what would help you move forward? You will find that as you gain a better understanding of yourself in the therapeutic space you will develop the confidence and coping skills to deal with challenges in the outer world.

Peggy Thomson, PhD, Therapy in NYC
Peggy Thomson, PhD, therapy office in NYC

My patients say I am empathic, down-to-earth, and approachable.

They appreciate my sense of humor and my nonjudgmental demeanor. They say the chairs are comfortable. I embrace diversity and my therapeutic style is open to all spiritual beliefs and disciplines. I will meet you where you are and honor your choices. We will work together to put into words some of the concerns, desires, and fears that you may have had trouble expressing or reaching for in your life. You will develop a better understanding of how the past informs the present.

In turn, I expect you to take an active role in your treatment. Your engagement in our work together is very important. Most of my patients are motivated individuals who are committed to a partnership rather than a passive role in therapy. I can guide you, but ultimately, therapy is your work — an investment in yourself. I don’t offer a quick fix, homework assignments, or a five-point plan to a better life. Therapy takes effort and time. I ask you to show up consistently and reflect on our work between sessions.

I am a clinical psychologist who has maintained a private practice in New York for over 20 years.

My experience includes working as a staff psychologist in hospital and outpatient settings, including Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Long Island College Hospital, and the Washington Square Institute. I have consulted in community mental health centers and schools. I am a forensic evaluator with the New York Family Court system, where I conduct child custody evaluations.

My academic credentials include adjunct positions in the graduate psychology programs of Touro College and Long Island University. I earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Derner Institute at Adelphi University, and I have been licensed as a psychologist since 1995. I have deepened my knowledge base and skills through continuing education and post-graduate study. I completed the program in Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the William Alanson White Institute. I am certified by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. I am also a member of Male Survivor, a trauma victim advocacy group.

Dr. Peggy Thomson's office on the Upper West Side
Peggy Thomson, PhD, Therapy in NYC

Before becoming a psychologist, I worked in the publishing industry. Editorial work is good preparation for psychology. It takes time, patience, and attention to detail.  You identify and work through obstacles, imagine possibilities, and help bring them to life. In therapy, you are telling your personal story.

My corporate experience helped me develop an understanding of workplace issues that is unusual among psychologists. I bring a unique perspective to helping individuals who are navigating career transitions.

I look forward to working with you.

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Please call at 212-666-0332 or send me an email to set up a consultation.

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