Jenna Pagano, MS, LMFT, LCMFT, ICGC-1


Jenna Pagano is the owner of the Pagano Wellness Clinic (PWC).  She is originally from Minnesota, where she received her Masters of Science as a Marriage and Family Therapist from St. Cloud State University.  While in Minnesota Jenna worked in crisis care, and as a behavioral therapist.

While at the University of Iowa Jenna worked under a grant from Penn State providing family therapy to pediatric victims of abuse.    She is Safe Zone certified, and was trained to provide assessments for Transgender individuals to receive HRT at the University of Iowa's LGBTQ Clinic.  At the clinic Jenna provided ongoing therapy for couples, families, and individuals.  

Jenna's research has focused on improving outcomes for foster children, treating body dysmorphic disorders (BDD) within the family unit, the biobehavioral family model, and the experiences of military spouses.  You may find published articles under her maiden name Jenna Benoit.    

Jenna opened her first private practice in 2016 in Manhattan, Kansas outside of Fort Riley Army Post.  In the Spring of 2018 Jenna closed her physical practice to move to Richmond, Virginia, but still sees patients in Kansas using telemedecine (Video Sessions).  

In Virginia Jenna worked in addictions inpatient treatment (substance, alcohol, and gambling) before opening her physical practice in the Richmond area.  


Clinical Beliefs 


Jenna believes that her role as a therapist is to join with her clients in their process of growth. She believes that every weakness is a strength magnified, and that every behavior makes sense in its own context.  She enjoys working with clients of all ages, and families of all sizes.  


As a military spouse Jenna is invested in the health of military families, spouses, and veterans.  She provides services and treatments tailored to the unique strengths and stressors, including empirically tested assessments to help pinpoint areas of strength and growth specific to pre-marital, marital enrichment, and parenting success for those in the military.  She also provides specialized trauma treatment at the couple and family level. 


Special Trainings


Jenna has specialized training to practice both EMDR and Hypnotherapy


As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) Jenna is highly qualified to work with couples at any stage of their relationship.  She is trained and approved to facilitate Prepare and Enrich couples assessments in the area of pre-marital, marital, group, parenting, and adoption.  Prepare and Enrich offers specific versions for spiritual/religious affiliations and military couples.  Jenna also utilizes Gottman and Emotion Focused Therapy approaches in the treatment of couples.


In the Fall of 2018 Jenna became an international certified gambling counselor, level 1 (ICGC-1), and is one of only four providing outpatient therapy in the entire state of Virginia.


An integral part of all treatment done at Pagano Wellness Clinic includes the assessment and treatment of sleep difficulties.  Jenna has formal training to CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia) from Uniformed Services University, and recognizes the importance of collaborative care for the treatment of Insomnia and sleep related disorders.  She believes that adequate sleep is one of the most important factors in improving efficacy of psychotherapy treatment.










Winston Pagano, "Branch Manager", Therapy Dog in Training


Currently the Pagano Wellness Clinic is training Winston (102 lb Golden Retriever born on December 12th, 2016) as a facility and community therapy dog.  True to breed his obedience and cuddles are pure gold.  Currently his full body cuddles and enthusiasm for life puts him in the "appointments by request only" catagory.  Please watch for updates on Winston's training progress, and follow us on Instagram for Winston pictures.   

Some sessions (such as play) are not appropriate for a therapy dog. Please alert the clinic if you have any allergies so we may accomidate room assignments.