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P.O. Box 372217

Satellite Beach, FL 32937

Licenses:  SS00305 ~ MH02676 ~ PCE-9


Charlene Messenger, Ph.D.

Brighter Pathways, Inc.

1237 E. Livingston Street

      Suite B

Orlando, FL 32803-5401

Phone:     407-895-0540

Fax:         407-228-9771




· University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1984, Summa Cum Laude

     Ph.D., Counselor Education, Specialization:  Group Therapy

· University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 1978, Summa Cum Laude

     M.S., Community Psychology, Specialization:  School Psychology

· University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 1976, Summa Cum Laude

     B.A., Elem. and Exceptional Education, Major Field:  Emotionally Handicapped


School Psychologist & Child Psychotherapist, Brighter Pathways, Inc. Orlando, FL.  Run private practice with emphasis upon assessment, intervention and consultation for children ages preschool to teens. (Click for SERVICES.)  May 1991 to Present.  


Consulting Psychotherapist, Walden University, MGM Studios, Orlando, FL.  Taped therapy sessions and interviews as the specialist in Family Counseling for Laureate Online Higher Education Counseling Degree Program.  July 2005.


Guest Therapist,  Animal Channel, MGM Studios, Orlando, FL.  Taped segments for Petsburg, USA television shows.  Summer and Fall 1999.


Consultant, Disney Cruise Lines, Orlando, FL.  Participated as specialist for teens in Disney’s development of cruise activities.  June 1997.


Consultant, Group for Psychiatry and Psychology, Winter Park. FL; Dr. Lewis Wasserman, Pediatrician, Ocoee, FL; Center for Drug-free Living/TASC (Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime), Orlando, FL; Florida Psychiatric Center, Orlando, FL.  Responsible for evaluations, staffings, therapy, intervention, supervision, program and staff development, and consultation with parents and staff. May 1991 to August 1993.


Adjunct Professor, Valencia Community College, East Campus, Orlando, FL.  Responsible for teaching Human Development.  August 1992 to May 1993.


School Psychologist, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando, FL.  Assignment included a self-contained exceptional school (autistic, emotionally handicapped & severely learning disabled) and elementary and secondary schools. November 1978 to August 1992.  

Evaluator, Bartlett & Associates, Orlando, FL.  Responsible for psychological evaluations for cases referred through HRS and/or Juvenile Detention Center. December 1984 to September 1985 (part-time).


Evaluator, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.  Responsible for intake interviews and psychological evaluations.  July 1978 to August 1978 (part-time).


Intern & Teacher, Corpus Christi School, Temple Terrace, FL.  Responsible for class of 40 third-grade students (initially as internship).  School Year, 1975 to 1976.


Volunteer, We Care Crisis Center, Orlando FL.  Responsible for telephone crisis intervention. June 1978 to October 1978 (part-time).


Assistant, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.  Responsible for research, typing, illustrations and editing for book manuscript.  April 1975 to March 1976 (part-time).


Volunteer, Children’s Project, Florida Mental Health Institute, Tampa, FL.  Responsible for implementing behavioral plans for severely disturbed children in a residential center.  June 1975 to January 1976 (part-time).  



· School Psychologist:  SS#000305.  Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance

· Mental Health Therapist:  MH#0002676.  Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance

· Criminal Justice Specialist, Certified by National Association for Forensic Counselors.

· Continuing Education Provider:  PCE-9.  Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance  

Curriculum Vitae

Notice:  Leave of Absence Closure

Dr. Messenger will be starting  A Leave of Absence as of Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 for an unspecified time.  Assessments and consultation can be scheduled until then.  The website will remain available for educational purposes, until the office is reopened.