Madeline Guarino, MSW, LCSW, graduated with a Masters of Social Work Degree from Florida State University. Madeline is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida and is an approved Clinical Supervisor for Registered MSW Interns. She also graduated with a Bachelor in Social Work from The University of West Florida. Madeline completed internships with Shelter House (domestic violence shelter), The Department of Children and Families and the Healthy Families Florida program.
Madeline provides therapy to adolescents, adults, the elderly, couples and families and her experience includes a wide range of environments and populations. She specializes in the areas of anxiety and panic disorders, depression, substance abuse and addiction, military issues, divorce and relationship issues. Madeline is bilingual and fluent in both English and Spanish.
Anxiety disorders and mood disorders/depression have always been a focus of Madeline’s practice. Madeline has worked diligently to help clients deal with the difficulties of anxiety, panic, depression and its effect on their lives. She has helped clients make progress by using evidence-based treatments including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Therapy, and Rational Living Therapy, with a solutions-focused approach. These methods include utilizing breathing techniques, visualization, relaxation skills, biofeedback and stress management and more.
As a facilitator for the state-mandated parenting through divorce class, Madeline assisted families for nearly three years in Okaloosa and Escambia counties. She accomplished this by educating parents on positive parenting skills, conflict resolution, as well as empowering them to assist their children through this emotional process.
She continues to help them cope in private practice; assisting families find a delicate balance and instilling healthy relationships, even after the difficulties of divorce.
Madeline has worked with at-risk youth and their families, helping them deal with the struggles many face during the challenging teenage years. By working with both parents and their adolescents, families can progress towards finding compromise and gain a better understanding of each other.
Addiction and substance abuse affects many families and dealing with addiction is a painful experience for both the person struggling with this and their loved ones. Madeline has extensive experience gained while working with both adolescents with substance issues as well as adults in a residential substance abuse program. She places an emphasis on helping individuals and their families understand the complexities of why they use and how to overcome this painful cycle using a wide spectrum of treatment methods that are individual to the client.
Madeline uses a practical, compassionate and strengths-based perspective to help clients move through their life crisis and toward a healthier lifestyle. It is this rational, positive approach that helps clients resolve their issues and find a more balanced life.