Michele is available to administer psycho-educational assessments of intelligence, academic achievement, cognitive processing, social development, emotional regulation, adaptive functioning, school readiness, executive functioning, and attention/concentration. Her evaluations include valuable recommendations for both school and home. She provides a range of counseling services to address the needs of students and their families and is a Certified Child & Adolescent Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP-CA). Her approach focuses on teaching children how to access internal and external resources that will boost their confidence and foster adaptive thinking. An integral aspect of this approach is working with parents and guardians to support positive results in their child. As a parent of a child with disabilities herself, Michele recognizes that parenting a child with special needs and navigating academic supports poses unique challenges. She provides counseling supports to parents, guardians and couples to improve communication and develop family routines to support success for their child.
Michele Messina is the sole proprietor of Psychoeducational Services of Southwest Florida. She has fifteen years experience in education, working in a variety of settings, including: public schools, alternative education and residential. Within this capacity, she has worked as a School Psychologist, Education Team Leader and Supervisor of Student Services. She has experience working with students of all ages who have academic, social/emotional and behavioral difficulties. Prior to entering the field of education, Michele worked in the field of family and youth mediation and substance abuse treatment.
EDUCATION & LICENSURE
Earning an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Our Lady of Elms College, Michele later continued her education and received a Masters of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Psychology from American International College. She is licensed by the Florida Board of Health in School Psychology and Certified as a School Psychologist by the Florida Department of Education. Michele is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists and the Florida Association of School Psychologists.