About Me

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Emily Benson, MSW, LICSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Minnesota and has been a social worker for 15 years in several capacities. Emily is in private practice in Edina, MN and is vetted through the MN ADOPT HELP Program which serves adoptees and their caregivers throughout the state of Minnesota. Her experience with children and adolescents includes children’s mental health case management, forensic child abuse intake, interviewing and family support, family advocacy in the American Indian community, and extensive work in the medical field as a clinical social worker.

Emily currently provides Experiential Play Therapy to children and adolescents ages 18 months-12 years of age in addition to sand tray and traditional talk therapies for ages 13 years to 18 years. She is a member of the National Association of Play Therapy and the National Association of Social Workers.

Emily has extensively trained under Dr.’s Byron and Carol Norton, creators of the Experiential Play Therapy model and is trained in Filial and Sand Tray Therapy. She is also currently pursuing credentialing to become certified in Somatic Experiencing® (SE™). SE is a powerful psychobiological method for addressing physical and emotional trauma, PTSD, overwhelm, and stress-related conditions.


– University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 1996  – B.A. American Indian Studies

– University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 2005  –  Master of Social Work


– Corner House Interagency Child Abuse Evaluation and Training Center 2004

– Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Hospital Social Work Department 2005

Publications and Awards:

NASW Foundation, Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship Recipient for 2004-2005

Key Factors in Forensic Interviews with Native American Children