Michelle Vassallo

(Educational and Developmental Psychologist)

Michelle is a registered psychologist, who has experience in providing various child-focused counselling, using cognitive behaviour therapeutic approaches and other evidence based interventions.


  • Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology, Bachelor of Science- Psychology (Honours) Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Teaching
Professional Associations/ Accreditations:
  • Registered Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Registered Teacher – Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT)
  • Member of Australian Psychological Society (APS)


Michelle has experience in assessing young people’s innate ability to learn, their academic skills, behaviour and developmental abilities using various standardized and dynamic assessment procedures.  Michelle’s approach to psycho-educational assessments is grounded firmly in the well validated Cattell-Horn-Carroll Theory of cognitive abilities which views intellectual ability as multi-dimensional rather than a unitary construct.  Her vast teaching experience also enables her to not only diagnose disorders for the purpose of funding and special consideration; but more importantly provide individually tailored recommendations aimed at helping the young person to maximise on their learning opportunities and improve wellbeing.  Michelle is able to assess and provide therapeutic intervention for individuals with symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, ODD, OCD and Specific Learning Disorders such as Dyslexia.

Using a family centred approach, Michelle recognises that children and adolescents are not raised in isolation.  She strongly believes in working collaboratively with families, teachers and the child/adolescent using a strengths based approach to empower families.  Drawing on evidence-based therapeutic interventions Michelle supports the young person to address challenges by exploring not only the inner world of the child but the family and school environment to enhance their social-emotional wellbeing.

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