Brighter Pathways © 2017
1237 E. Livingston Street, Suite B
Orlando, FL 32803-5401
Ph: 407-895-0540 ~ Fax: (407) 228-9771
Licenses: SS00305 ~ MH02676 ~ PCE-9
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.
The Brighter Pathways’ Greeters
Kelsey, Valarie, Ginger, Lacy (Mom) These Golden Doodles are happily awaiting the arrival of any visitors, particularly those who might be trained in the fine art of belly rubs! Although they will bark at any unfamiliar car parking in the driveway, they believe they are just doing their job to alert Dr. M. about arriving clients. Rest assured these are trained, certified Therapy Dogs. For the most part, they stay in the “employees only” section of the office and are invited into the people part of the office only at the end of the session and only with parental permission.
This page is meant to be fun! It has lots of visuals to give you and your child a feel for the Brighter Pathways office. In that respect, it is a virtual sampling of things to anticipate before your visit.
The Brighter Pathways’ Theme
Pigs, Hogs, Boars, Sows, Swine, & Piglets
Long, long ago, in an office far, far away, there were two little pig souvenirs from one of Dr. M.’s trips. Before long, a client presented another pig to match, so then there was a trio. Seeing this trio, someone else brought in companion hog, to make a quartet. Use your imagination to fill in the blanks as to how we went from a “couple” (TWO) to over 500 (no one has ever successfully reached a conclusive number) during the course of 35 years of child psychology. And the tricky part is: Dr. M is committed to each and every pig! Each pig stands for the generosity and thoughtfulness of a client, friend or colleague, so each is to be honored with a special home ~ even if we did run out of shelving, and the client bathroom has become the latest pig sty.
The Brighter Pathways’ Goal
People come to the office for CHANGE. It may be as simple as finding out academic strengths and weaknesses in order to change what you are doing–if your child needs more practice or more intellectual stimulation in certain areas. It may be as complex as getting to the root of anger issues in order to change discipline and strategies for self-control. To quote C. S. Lewis: “It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”
It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
C. S. Lewis
Approaches and Philosophy
This pretty much sums up Dr. Messenger’s approach to helping facilitate change.
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A condition that occasionally affects our clients at Brighter Pathways is Full Brain Syndrome (FBS). Parents will receive assessment data and recommended interventions for home and school ~ plus their own “homework” of reading material specifically selected for their individualized needs. Because we recognize the seriousness of FBS, we attempt to work at a reasonable pace, which sometimes leads to the necessity of scheduling an additional Extended Consultation. Regardless, our clients tell us repeatedly that FBS is much preferred to ILNN (I Learned Nothing New), a syndrome which is so rampant these days in many psychology practices.
A joke is a very serious thing.
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|Awards & Publications|
|What to Expect|
|Early Childhood Evaluation|
|Brief Solution-Focused Therapy|
|Help with Stress|
|SPD: Sensory Processing Dysfunction|
|Highly Sensitive Children|
|Is My Child Gifted?|
|Gifted: Feeling Isolated|
|Gifted: Postive Atttitude|
|IQ & Success|
|Dyscalculia: Math Disaability|
|Dysgraphia: Writing Disabilitiy|
|Dyslexia: Reading Disability|
|Oral Language Disability/CAP|
|Identifying Learning Disabilities|
|AD/HD Types & Symptoms|
|AD/HD & School|
|AD/HD: Look-Alike Disorders|
|Anxiety in Children|
|Depression in Children|
|The Depressed Child or Teen|
|Signs of Depression|
|Treatment for Depression|
|Riley: In Memoriam|
|AAT Therapy Dogs|
|Boo: Therapy Dog|
|Pets Benefit the Brain!|
|Patience & Wisdom|
|How to Raise an Optimist|
|Play & Learning|
|Making a Good Reader|
|Love of Learning|