Miranda Pacchiana, MSW is an essayist and freelance writer of website, social media and blog content. Her personal essays are often shaped by her background in social work as well as her life experiences. Miranda’s work has been published in The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Psych Central and Trigger Points Anthology.
After entering the world in a Greenwich Village apartment, Miranda grew up in Sleepy Hollow, New York. She graduated from New York University and later earned her Masters degree from the Fordham School of Social Work. While focused on raising her family for two decades, she also worked at intervals as a play therapist, geriatric care manager, homeschool co-op teacher, hospice volunteer, and writer.
Miranda has a passion for writing about social and emotional issues. She began writing personal essays on parenting, grief and gun violence prevention after the 2012 shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School which her three children previously attended. In the midst of her community’s devastation, she felt an obligation to speak up for friends and neighbors whose families were more closely impacted by the tragedy.
Miranda’s writing currently focuses on understanding the dangers and long-term effects of child sexual abuse. She is the creator of The Second Wound: Coping with Family , while Healing from Sexual Abuse. She tells her own story of healing from childhood abuse, her devastating struggle to feel supported by members of her family, and the eventual estrangement that resulted.
Miranda strives to bring her compassion for others and her understanding of human struggles to her writing, using her stories to demonstrate to others that they are not alone.
Miranda considers herself a homegrown activist. She is a founding member of the Newtown Action Alliance, a non-profit organization that advocates for safer gun laws and supports gun violence survivors from all walks of life. She has served as the organization’s liaison to victims and families, lobbied Congress for effective gun legislation, spoken publicly alongside her senators and congresswoman, and written essays about the toll of gun violence in Newtown and across America.
Miranda is a mother of three. She has been married for over a quarter century to the love of her life Adam Pacchiana, all of which has been lived out in their forever home of Newtown, Connecticut.