Robert Fierro LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in psychodynamic psychotherapy with children and families. His approach is relational and reflects his training which incorporates psychodynamic, somatic, and neurological perspectives. The focus of his practice involves working with clients to developing their capacity for integration and self-regulation through play and talk modalities. Robert presently sees children and families at the Center for Connection.
In working to help children, Robert’s focus is on the material the child expresses through art and in play, and on the child’s experience in that moment. In general, play states are detoxifying, providing natural support for growth and healthy neurological and psychological development. Supporting the child’s capacity for healthy play is a core goal of Robert’s practice. In working to understand children, his social work perspective leads to a consideration of family and other interacting systemic dynamics, as children’s growth and development is shaped and sustained through relationships with parents, families, teachers, and peers, across contexts. Robert believes that family dynamics can shift markedly when parents work alongside their children towards therapeutic goals.
Robert comes to the Center for Connection following the completion of a two-year postgraduate fellowship in Psychodynamic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Psychodiagnostics at the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center in Los Angeles. His work there included clinical practice as well as over 600 hours of seminars in interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, and psychodynamic play therapy. Robert holds a Masters of Social Welfare (MSW) with a concentration in Mental Health from the Luskin School at the University of California at Los Angeles. His clinical training in graduate school was organized around an ecological model that brought a systems lens to mental health through the integration of interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theories with theories of social change.
Robert has additional professional training in somatic and mindfulness based psychotherapy. He has completed the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute’s Level I Training in Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory as well as Mindful Awareness Practice for Clinicians workshop at the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Robert is a parent, a Reiki practitioner, enjoys yoga, and finds the practice of mindfulness essential to supporting individual and systemic change. He has worked with neurologically diverse clients at most levels in the mental health system, including residential psychiatric, outpatient, and most recently private practice.