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Sabrena Pagani, LCSW

Helping people be the best versions of themselves is a passion of mine. Many people feel stuck and overwhelmed, and my role is to understand individuals’ and families' needs and strengths so they can live with peace and satisfaction. It is important to find a helping professional who is a good fit. I am committed to making therapy a comfortable place for clients, while at the same time a place to challenge themselves and move through difficulties. Building relationships is the key to improving functioning for both children and adults. 


I have worked with children and families, in some capacity or another, my entire adult life. It is an interest of mine to help families and children identify their strengths and be successful. I enjoy working with children and parents of all ages. I also appreciate working with adults who have begun a journey to seek out assistance and improve their functioning. I recognize how difficult life can be at times, and enjoy offering validation of the shared human experience. I see each individual as unique and the expert of their own feelings. I enjoy working with diverse populations and holding space for people to be their authentic selves. 


I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Mary Washington College in 2003 and went on to get my Masters of Arts in Teaching from Hollins College in 2005. I spent five years in the teaching field, where my passion for mental health grew. I graduated from Radford University in 2011 with my Master of Social Work. I have worked as a teacher at a high school and an alternative school with youth ages 12-18, completed my internship at Juvenile Probation, and have worked at two elementary schools. I have taught parents how to use improved communication skills to improve the parent-child relationship and enhance functioning within the home. Most recently, I provided school based case management and supportive counseling to students and their families at an elementary school (ages 4-12) through the local community services board.


I take a responsive approach with clients and aim to support growth, perspective, and healing, to deepen self-understanding, and help people develop new life skills. Depending on client needs and age, I employ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques (CBT), Play and art based techniques, Family Systems Theory, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapies. 


I am happy to work with adults, children, and families to address and overcome the following areas:


  • Relational/family issues

  • Communication skills

  • Parenting struggles

  • Postpartum issues

  • Grief and loss

  • Transitional difficulties

  • LGBTQ+ matters

  • Depression 

  • Anxiety

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