Robert Pileggi, MSS, LSW

Adjunct Faculty


Educational Background

  • Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research, MSS (2016)
  • Gestalt Training Institute of Philadelphia (2019)
  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR): Qualified Instructor (UCSD Center for Mindfulness) (2017)
  • Certified Yoga Instructor (2009)
  • Massage Therapy (2008)
  • Interfaith Ministry Training/Ordination (2005)
  • Muhlenberg College (B.S.) (1995)

Professional Experience

  • Social Service Entrepreneur (psychotherapy, mindfulness & yoga instruction, spiritual direction, ceremony officiation, organizational teambuilding) (2005-present)
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instruction in studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (2015-present)
  • Behavioral Health Consultant: Philadelphia Department of Public Health (2020-present)
  • Outpatient Psychotherapist: Mazzoni Center (2016-2020)
  • 20 Years of service to LGBT-focused nonprofit local, regional and national organizations (public education, community organizing, management)

About Me

Bob is passionate about facilitating compassionate presence to ourselves, each other and even life itself. He believes that this kind of presence is an act of courage and supports growth of confidence with navigating life’s challenges and changes.

Bob’s psychotherapy practice has focused on managing stress, anxiety, depression, body image, self-esteem, identity formation, and relationship-building. The therapeutic relationship is founded on co-creating a space for exploration, focusing on present-moment awareness, client strengths, and use of the therapeutic relationship. The work is supported by Gestalt, Humanist, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic perspectives. Bob also appreciates body awareness and spiritual perspectives as avenues complementing emotional and mental health. He has studied yoga and interfaith ministry, and teaches mindfulness.

Bob’s life has focused on the empowerment of LGBT people, and he has over 25 years experience contributing to cutting-edge civil rights equality issues. Bob loves documentary and portrait photography as a form of meditation and education. Bob’s photography has focused on portraying social justice issues and has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, numerous websites and several books. To help stay grounded, Bob has a yoga and meditation practice. Staying present to the gifts of life sometimes also includes walks in the woods, time on a leisurely kayaking trip, or enjoying the challenge of indoor rock climbing.