Carrie Nydick, LCSW, has been working in the social services field for the last 10 years.

Carrie is the Program Director at Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) NY. PAWS NY aims to help people who are elderly, ill and/or disabled keep their pets at home, therefore preserving the human-animal bond that is so physically and psychologically valuable, by providing volunteer pet care assistance.

Before joining PAWS NY, Carrie spent 5 years working with New York Harm Reduction Educators, in both clinical and administrative positions, providing culturally appropriate and non-judgmental services to people actively using drugs.

Early in her career Carrie worked with Doctors of the World, assisting survivors of torture seeking political asylum in the United States, and later moved on to the Red Cross, helping families who were affected by natural disasters. She has also worked with dually diagnosed clients at FEGS and survivors of torture at the International Institute of New Jersey, providing both with individualized and culturally appropriate psychotherapy.

Carrie completed a post-graduate certificate program in Animal-Assisted Activities, Therapy, and Learning from the University of Denver. She is a Registered Instructor with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International and teaches therapeutic horseback riding to children and adults living with disabilities.

Ms. Nydick holds a Masters degree from Columbia University School of Social Work and a Bachelors degree from Boston University.