I believe that people are powerful. I believe that the human body and mind have the capabilities to heal themselves. I believe that life is nearly 90% struggle and challenge, and that sometimes, struggle and challenge make it difficult for people to feel powerful. I believe that when people don't feel powerful, their minds and bodies can't completely heal. I believe that everyone needs a therapist, even therapists. I believe that therapy should be less about identifying a problem, and more about identifying the strength to overcome the problem. But most importantly, I believe in the power of meeting a person wherever they are and walking with them on their journey to provide support, compassion, and education.
I grew up in the Detroit suburbs on a small farm surrounded by corn fields and apple orchards. Wanting to see more of the world, I moved to Boston immediately after high school to pursue music, only to find that social justice was more of my passion. After struggling to find the right fit for several years, I finally graduated with a bachelor's in social work and moved to Denver to obtain my masters. In Denver I learned about the power of trauma informed care, the support of animals, and the healing powers of being outside. I moved back to Michigan to bring a positive impact to my community.
Throughout my career I have worked in a variety of settings:
Residential care for adults and adolescents that needed more support and structure to achieve their goals
Prison and Jail based services to provide support and preparation for returning to a productive civilian lifestyle
Community based treatment for those that were chronically homeless and mentally ill providing support for daily tasks, as well as therapeutic ones
Outpatient treatment providing individual, group, couples, and family therapy
I typically utilize two specific models- cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy to provide support, validation, and help develop increased control over thoughts and emotions that impede daily life. I have been trained as a trauma therapist and pair these modalities with the Triphasic model of trauma treatment to support those that have experienced a trauma rediscover their strengths and identity in life. My goal in working with clients is to support them in developing the skills necessary to reduce symptoms, and then re-evaluate underlying thinking and environmental patterns that are continuing the symptom cycle.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder
LMSW #6801097143 (Expires: 2020-04-30)
Its only been a few weeks with Kelsey but she's already made me feel comfortable in her abilities. So far she's responsive and intuitive. I look forward to continuing my journey with Ms. Pirro on my journey to mental health.
Kelsey has been a true listener and has guided me in directions I never thought would be able to get to. I have been able to finally start my recovery in areas of my life.
Kelsey is kind, caring, patient, and understanding. I truly feel like I have developed a rapport with her that allows me to trust her and be able to work through all my different emotions. I am very thankful for finding Kelsey!
Kelsey is the sweetest thing and she’s always very helpful and supportive. She makes sure to listen very well before giving her informed answers.
Thank you for existing. Thank you for going out of your way to help people. Thank you for understanding and listening. Most of the time, people just need someone to listen to them. I appreciate you for being that person.