E-mail: lmp33@columbia.edu

Lorraine Mary Pirro received a Master of Science in Social Work in Advanced Clinical Practice from Columbia University and a Master of Arts in Educational Theatre from New York University where she focused on utilizing drama in the therapeutic process with children. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Vassar College and is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in New York.  Her clinical interests and experience are in the provision of intensive psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families employing harm reduction counseling and motivational interviewing based on the stages of change.  Ms. Pirro utilizes and integrates a variety of evidenced-based therapeutic modalities including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy, and harm reduction psychotherapy. Her approach is one where the partner in therapy is an active participant in every aspect of the therapeutic process.  She believes that a strong therapeutic alliance is the foundation for all healing and change and this sacred trust plays a particularly central role in working with marginalized individuals who have experienced trauma and loss.

Ms. Pirro’s current practice serves persons living with chronic conditions including HIVAIDS, current or past substance use, trauma, and mental illness. In her work with a New York City HIV/AIDS services organization she created and implemented a mental health counseling program under a federal Ryan White Mental Health grant, and provided more than 7,000 hours of individual and couples psychotherapy.

Ms. Pirro’s clinical experience also includes college mental health counseling; service planning and delivery, utilization reviews, counseling, and restorative services within the context of supportive housing for seriously and persistently mentally ill adults; and crisis intervention and trauma counselingwith adult patients and their families within the surgical intensive care and intensive care burn units of a New York City Level I trauma hospital.

From 1983-2000 Ms. Pirro directed corporate policy initiatives and led multiple cross-organizational teams, nationally and internationally, serving in roles up to officer level in a Fortune 100 company. She has provided strategic and business consulting to profit and non-profit organizations and trained providers who work in a wide variety of social service and treatment settings, to advocate for, and treat individuals with multi-layered vulnerabilities.  Her trainings include exploring trauma, resilience, and recovery; LGBT friendly psychotherapy; harm reduction psychotherapy; body image development; organizational development; creating high performance teams; and recognizing and preventing burnout.