Social Workers

Social Workers commonly treat the 8 conditions below.

Conditions Treated

As a social worker, Paulette Marino may see patients with the following 33 issues. Please always check with Paulette Marino directly about what issues she treats, since she may treat additional issues not listed here.

Anger Management

Do you ever find yourself losing your temper without knowing why? Have you tried counting to 10 in a vain attempt to calm yourself down? Anger is a natural emotion and is nothing to be ashamed of. However, sudden outbursts can leave you and those around you feeling a range of negative emotions.


Learning relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation, mindfulness, and yoga have all been shown to reduce anxiety. Changing your diet to avoid processed foods and caffeine can also help.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is one of the most common and most commonly misunderstood psychiatric disorders among young people in the US. According to the CDC, 11% of children between the ages of 4 and 17 in the U.S. have an ADHD diagnosis, which is a significant increase from 20 years ago. For those diagnosed with the disorder, that might mean ongoing medication or behavioral therapy treatment into adulthood. Understanding what a diagnosis means and how to handle treatment is a must for today's parents.

Bipolar Disorder

The name “bipolar” means “two opposites,” which is a fitting description for this mental health disorder that causes your mood to swing back and forth between high and low. However, bipolar is more than just happy and sad. It’s the frantic exhilaration that inspires dangerously impulsive behavior, then misery so profound that it can lead to suicide. It’s intense, all-consuming and unpredictable, and can cause mood swings severe enough to interfere with your daily functioning. Fortunately, it's a manageable condition.

Child Abuse

More than 90% of child sex abuse victims are abused by someone they know, and the numbers are similar for other types of abuse. Though the mainstream media may leave parents feeling terrified of so-called “stranger danger,” the people you know are statistically far more likely to harm your children than the recluse living up the road. Abusers could be friends, family, babysitters, neighbors, pastors, and other acquaintances. Knowing the signs of child abuse can help you assist your child if she becomes a victim, and the warning signs of predatory behavior can help you prevent your child's victimization.

Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue is a term that describes the physical, emotional, and psychological impact of helping others often through experiences of stress or trauma. Compassion fatigue is often mistaken for burnout, which is a cumulative sense of fatigue or dissatisfaction.


Many people confront depression at some point during their lives, whether it's having a down day or two or fighting a lingering mood. Losing a loved one, financial woes, relationship troubles, and many other life events can trigger depression. When depression is fleeting, it is a regular part of life. When it is ongoing or extreme, you might need to see a doctor for help.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a modified type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, regulate their emotions, and improve their relationships with others.


Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a fairly new, nontraditional type of psychotherapy. It's growing in popularity, particularly for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD often occurs after experiences such as military combat, physical assault, rape, or car accidents.

Eating Disorder

Over 10 million people in the U.S. suffer from an eating disorder. Eating disorders can lead to serious physical health problems and cause considerable mental distress, so it’s important to recognize the signs early and seek treatment. Recognizing an eating disorder in a loved one is not always easy. Although some eating disorders cause noticeable weight loss, others have more subtle symptoms. Overeating, undereating, eating only particular types of foods, and purging after eating can all be signs of an eating disorder.

Emotional Eating

Over 10 million people in the U.S. suffer from an eating disorder. Eating disorders can lead to serious physical health problems and cause considerable mental distress, so it’s important to recognize the signs early and seek treatment. Recognizing an eating disorder in a loved one is not always easy. Although some eating disorders cause noticeable weight loss, others have more subtle symptoms. Overeating, undereating, eating only particular types of foods, and purging after eating can all be signs of an eating disorder.

Family Conflict

It’s impossible to get along with everyone you’ll meet, so why would your family be any different? There are probably some family members that rub you the wrong way. Sometimes you only see them sporadically, like maybe at holiday gatherings or other family events, but sometimes you may have to interact with those difficult family members on a more frequent basis. Whatever the case, there are a few things you can do to minimize the discomfort these family members cause.

Gender Identity

Gender identity is each person's internal and individual experience of gender. It is a person's sense of being a woman, a man, both, neither, or anywhere along the gender spectrum. A person's gender identity may be the same as or different from their birth-assigned sex.

Life Transitions

Life transitions are periods in life involving lots of change to your lifestyle. They might also be a result of important events that make you stop and evaluate your life.

Loss, Grief, and Bereavement

Social support is powerful. In the context of a group, peers can be especially helpful for making us feel like we aren’t alone in the face of life’s challenges. There are many unique benefits to online support groups: a sense of support and direction, goal accountability, and increased hopefulness, to name a few. Keep reading to learn more about the top 10 peer-led and therapist-led online support group options.

Mental Illness

Conversations about mental health often speak about “the mentally ill” in hushed, stigmatized tones. Doing so suggests that people with mental illness are other people — not like us, and certainly not the sort of people we all encounter every day.

It’s no wonder that mental health continues to be stigmatized. Though conditions like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are common, many people with a mental health diagnosis are reluctant to seek treatment. Fear of stigma, lack of parity in insurance coverage, and a reluctance to admit to being “crazy” may play a role.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Many people, every once in a while, check to see if they remembered to lock their doors or to turn off their headlights. Double-checking puts a person’s mind at ease and reduces distress, allowing them to go on with their day. However, when a person has obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), they get little rest from unwanted, intrusive thoughts and images. These disturbing thoughts and imagines are momentarily relieved by performing physical and mental compulsions. The struggle is so intense that these thoughts and actions impede a person’s ability to have a healthy life. The good news is that evidence-based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and medications can help manage the disorder.


Parenting is a process that prepares your child for independence. As your child grows and develops, there are many things you can do to help your child. These links will help you learn more about your child's development, positive parenting, safety, and health at each stage of your child's life.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is much more common than many people think. It affects roughly 3.5% of the adult population in the United States, with women affected more often than men.

PTSD develops following a frightening event. Military combat is one leading cause, but civilians can also develop the disorder after being the victim of abuse or violent crime. Natural disasters and auto accidents can also trigger PTSD.

Rape and Sexual Assault

The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Some forms of sexual assault include: Attempted rape. Fondling or unwanted sexual touching. Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts, such as oral sex or penetrating the perpetrator's body.

Relationship Issues

Some of these common challenges may include infidelity, loss of intimacy, communication difficulties, coping with stress challenges, financial pressures, boundary violations, difficulty balancing individual and couple expectations, divorce, separation and breaking up.

School Issues

School problems can show up at any stage. They can be big or small. Sometimes they go away quickly by themselves, and sometimes they last longer and need some input from you or other adults.


Self-esteem is your overall opinion of yourself — how you feel about your abilities and limitations. When you have healthy self-esteem, you feel good about yourself and see yourself as deserving the respect of others. When you have low self-esteem, you put little value on your opinions and ideas.


Every year, millions of Americans struggle with mental health issues ranging from stress and depression to hallucinations and delusions. About half never pursue treatment. Mental health care really does work. Even if your symptoms are severe, the right provider can equip you with the tools you need to get — and stay — psychologically healthy.

Separation Anxiety Disorder

Separation anxiety disorder (SAD) is a type of mental health problem. A child with SAD worries a lot about being apart from family members or other close people. The child has a fear of being lost from their family or of something bad occurring to a family member if he or she is not with the person.

Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders are conditions that result in changes in the way that you sleep. A sleep disorder can affect your overall health, safety and quality of life. Sleep deprivation can affect your ability to drive safely and increase your risk of other health problems.

Spirituality and Religion

While religion and spirituality are similar in foundation, they are very different in practice. Religion is an organized, community-based system of beliefs, while spirituality resides within the individual and what they personally believe.


In our modern high-tech society, stress seems to be an accepted part of daily life. ‘Stress’ is a word that is commonly used but not always fully understood. Here is a working definition: Stress happens when we feel that we can't cope with a particular pressure. It's a feeling that things are out of our control. Stress affects our body and mind.

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