About Me

“To help individuals grow their potential one step at a time so that change is fulfilling and purposeful”

Bio

Michelle Porjes is a native Los Angelino. She grew up in Ladera Heights and was educated in a variety of learning settings including public, private independent and parochial schools. She attended UCLA where she majored in Psychology and spent weekends and summers working as part of the leadership for Camp Ramah in California. 

 After college, Michelle moved to Denver, Colorado where she earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Denver. Michelle spent two years in Denver working with individual and small groups on remediating a variety of academic and behavior challenges. Michelle finished her formal education at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida where she earned a Masters and Specialist degree in School Psychology. While there, she gained valuable experience in working with students on assessing learning, emotional and behavioral difficulties as well as facilitating social skills and anger management groups. 

Michelle is a licensed educational psychologist and a credentialed school psychologist in the state of California. She also is a member of the Association of Educational Therapists. She has worked in the private school world for over 23 years where she specialized in consulting, case management, supervision, leadership and program development. 

In addition to her background in education and psychology, Michelle is the creator and director of LA Elderly and Orange County Elderly Facebook groups designed for support and exchange of information for those family members who care for elderly loved ones as well as those who are in the eldercare industry. MIchelle is the proud parent of Ethan and Noah and enjoys spending time outdoors and with her dogs. She has trained in Shotokan Karate since she was 16 and is honored to be a part of Rokah Karate where she continues to train as well as coach and judge.

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Michelle's Philosophy

Michelle believes that helping others is an interactive process of understanding obstacles and setting goals and making commitments. She helps individuals find solutions to the complexities of life. For students that may be how to be successful in school and balance home and school life. For adults, it may be how to grow professionally or how to support other family members in life transitions. In either situation, Michelle is committed to helping others grow their potential. Over the past 25 years, she has worked with educators, parents and individual students to identify and define concerns as well as initiate and follow through with solutions to address the concerns. She is known for engaging in thoughtful, reflective discussions in a relaxed, down to earth atmosphere. Michelle offers two types of services: executive function coaching and consulting. She has vast experience setting up for success during major life transitions such as school, college, work and meeting the needs of aging parents.

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