Francis Lora, LCSW-R


Francis Lora, Therapist in NYCFrancis Lora, MSSW, LCSW-R, SIFI, CFSW has an innate ability to connect with Middle School Students (“’Tweens”); Adolescents; Young Adults; and First Time Parents to help address various internal and external concerns including anxiety, depression, and ADHD as well as transitions, divorce, grief, and death. In the past, as a Life Coach and Certified Financial Social Worker, he has provided Life Coaching specializing in the areas of Life Transitions, Life Changes, and Rites of Passage as well as ongoing financial education, motivation, and support leading to sustainable, long-term financial behavioral change thereby helping people address their financial stress, so they can focus on other areas of their lives that also need attention.

With a BA in Sociology and Latino Studies from Columbia University and an MS in Social Work degree with a concentration in school social work within the Advanced Generalist Practice and Programming (AGPP) track from Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW), Francis has the skills necessary to provide direct clinical services, to develop and evaluate setting appropriate programming, as well as to play an administrative role in the development and implementation of programs.

Francis has worked both within inpatient settings including Bronx State Psychiatric Center’s (BPC) Monolingual Spanish Unit and New York State Psychiatric Institute’s (NYSPI) Washington Heights Community Services (WHCS) Unit and outpatient settings including Inwood Community Services, Inc’s  “Alicia M. Ferrer Mental Health Clinic (AMFMHC) where he worked as a member of the National Health Services Corps (NHSC) as a bilingual therapist servicing individuals ranging from age 5 on to old age with problems ranging from general unease to Clinical Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Schizophrenia.

Most recently, through the Home Based Crisis Intervention (HBCI) Team and the Family Youth Development Program (FYD) at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center, Francis has been working with the School Based Mental Health (SBMH) Team to identify children and families who would benefit from the provision of in home crisis services and providing these families where the child is at imminent risk of psychiatric hospitalization with DBT, CBT, PCIT, and Trauma Informed at home services with the goals of: diverting psychiatric admissions; teaching problem solving skills to the family; and linking the child and family with community-based resources and supports.

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