Dr. Michelle Brenes
Dr. Michelle Brenes is a licensed psychologist with experience providing treatment to children, adolescents, young adults, and families in both English and Spanish. Her clinical focus has included working with patients from diverse cultural backgrounds using interventions informed by research and through collaboration with educators, medical professionals, and parents. Specifically, Dr. Brenes has developed expertise providing services to individuals with a wide range of medical conditions to help them navigate difficulties such as adjustment to a new diagnosis, adherence to medical regimen, procedural anxiety, interpersonal challenges, and pain management. Additionally, she also has experience treating a wide range of psychological difficulties such as mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral and adjustment disorders, bereavement, and difficulties within family dynamics. She has extensive experience providing these services utilizing a wide range of clinical interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Dr. Brenes also conducts psychoeducational, psychological, and gifted evaluations in both English and Spanish. She has extensive experience in testing with individuals presenting with neurodevelopmental concerns, academic/learning difficulties, social difficulties, and emotional adjustment issues. Additionally, Dr. Brenes has experience with testing to diagnose autism related disorders.
Dr. Brenes completed her doctoral education at Nova Southeastern University and was enrolled in the clinical health concentration of her clinical psychology program. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Pediatric Health. She then completed her post-doctoral training at Jackson Memorial Hospital in affiliation with University of Miami/Miller School of Medicine. During her residency, she provided inpatient consultative services within Holtz Children’s Hospital as well as outpatient testing and therapy services within the Child and Adolescent Center at Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital. She has also presented research at national conferences focused on topics within pediatric psychology, including transition readiness from pediatric care to adult care.
Dr. Brenes has also previously worked for Gilda’s Club South Florida, providing support groups for children touched by cancer. Dr. Michelle Brenes is a member of the Society of Pediatric Psychology and the Florida Psychological Association.