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1237 E. Livingston Street, Suite B

Orlando, FL 32803-5401

Ph: 407-895-0540 ~ Fax: (407) 228-9771

Licenses:  SS00305 ~ MH02676 ~ PCE-9

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As you have seen from other pages on this site,  Dr. Messenger’s philosophy  is to the obtain the most useful information possible so that a solid, highly constructive individualized plan will can  developed.  This plan will include crucial strategies which leading to change in the core issues uncovered.  Emphasis is upon teaching and practicing new skills and effective techniques to address home and school concerns. Parents essentially act as “co-therapists” to reinforce, model, and even expand the workable strategies outside the counseling office
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.

When it comes to developing character strength, inner security and unique personal and interpersonal talents and skills in a child, no institution can or ever will compare with, or effectively substitute for, the home's potential for positive influence.

                                                                 ~ Stephen Covey

How true is this?!

So, with parents working as co-therapists, Dr. Messenger sets a pace for the maximum impact for “the home’s potential for positive influence.”  Most of the time, assessment results and appropriate remediation and interventions can all be addressed in a single setting.

Because each child (and each family, of course) is unique, some case are simply more complex than others.  Sometimes, there are so many presenting concerns, that it is not reasonable or helpful to attempt to address each and every one within the given time constraints. In such complicated cases, consultation would require an entire DAY–- not just an entire morning or afternoon!  

In such a situation, children would understandably become restless and the parents may feel their heads are spinning. Hence, the old rule of “diminishing returns” pops up.  Too much information is hard to assimilate.  No matter how extraordinary the presented intervention may be, it may never be implemented due to “information overload.”

Consequently, there are times when it is advisable to schedule a secondary or extended consultation.  At the initial session, Dr. Messenger will select the priority recommendations to review and implement.  These will often involve foundation skills upon which later interventions are built. Within a few weeks, the family returns for the extended consultation session, wherein additional and often more detailed activities are addressed with appropriate time for questions and answers