Kristen Pagano

Social Work Intern

B.A. University of Delaware // Candidate for Master of Social Work, Columbia University (May 2022)

Following a fulfilling 20-year career in marketing, Kristen changed gears to pursue social work. In 2020 Kristen began the Master of Social Work program at Columbia University in the Advanced Clinical Practice Method specializing in the Family, Youth and Children’s Services. Her career in marketing overlaps with clinical social work in unexpected ways including—applying meaningful research, actively listening to clients and their families, and framing language to promote insight and change.

Prior to Anxiety Institute, Kristen worked at VOICES Center for Resilience, formerly VOICES of September 11th where she provided group and individual counseling sessions and conducted community-wide research. She also contributed to a proposal for the Canadian government on a nation-wide victims’ services framework. She has experience using an equine-assisted therapy in the treatment of PTSD and anxiety treatment for both children and adults. From this experience working with the victims of the September 11th attacks, she gained insight into the impact of trauma and its relationship to bereavement and grief.

Her Inspiration:

During a global pandemic, Kristen feels an increased sense of urgency and purpose working toward a career in mental health. The unprecedented nature of these times and the resulting need for mental health support especially among children and adolescents has affirmed her path in social work and redoubled her efforts to work with this community.