More About Michael

Michael Cerreto is a Certified Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapist and a Certified Sports Psychology Counselor. He helps children, adults, and families comeback from an acquired brain injury to create a life of meaning and achievement. He also helps elite athletes develop the mental skills needed to perform up to their full potential, dominate, and win.

Michael holds a United States Top Secret Security Clearance that enables him to work in highly secure environments. He consults to the U. S. Department of Defense, government agencies, and corporations through his Corporate Competitor program to help leaders use the same mental skills as elite athletes to become strong competitors and warriors. 

Michael provides cognitive therapy and sports counseling, not traditional psychological talk-therapy for personality disorders. If in the course of our work he identifies a possible personality or medical disorder that needs to be addressed, he refers the client to a medical professional, and works collaboratively with that professional as needed.

The following lists Michael's therapeutic partnerships with leading organizations, education and certifications, faculty positions, publishing, speeches, and athletic achievements.

Partnerships With Leading Organizations

A Talented Mind has partnerships with other leading organizations to address clients' education, cognitive retraining, and mental performance needs.

Brain Tumor Patients and Caregivers

Michael Cerreto is the co-facilitator of the Richmond Brain Tumor Support Group for adults with brain tumors and their families at St. Mary's Hospital. Because the support group is a non-profit organization, he is a member of its executive steering committee overseeing the organization's leadership.

Chronic Pain Patients

We are currently developing a program with VCU Orthopedic Department at VCU Health in Short Pump, Virginia to help orthopedic patients with chronic pain. The partnership is working on helping patients create self-care plans to manage the intensity of emotions they experience living with pain each day.

Athletes’ Mental Performance

We have sports psychology education, testing, and counseling partnerships with FC Richmond Soccer, a leading soccer organization in Virginia, and Richmond Olympiad, a premier USA Junior Olympic Training Center. Our partnerships provide SportsParent groups about how parents can nurture the mental skills and emotions of competitive athletes, SportsMind Clinics to teach athletes how to be mentally competitive, and individual testing and counseling to improve mental performance under pressure.

Performing Artists' Mental Performance

A Talented Mind has a partnership with the Richmond Symphony in its Youth Orchestra Program to help developing musicians strengthen the mental skills, leadership, and self-responsibility needed to develop musically, artistically, and in life. We also provide education to parents of young musicians about how to nurture their talents in age appropriate ways.

Major International Research Collaboration: PercussionMind

A Talented Mind has a major research partnership with the James Madison University School of Music to study the mental performance styles of the top 50 world-class percussionists across 14 countries. This landmark study will help music students internationally learn from the world's best percussionists about how to mentally perform to enhance artistry, technical mastery, performance under pressure, and careers development.

Cancer Patients With Chemobrain

We have education partnerships with Surgical Associates of Richmond and The Hawthorne Cancer Resource Center in Richmond, Virginia, and the John Theurer Cancer Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, in New Jersey.  Our partnerships educate cancer patients and survivors about how to use every-day methods to improve the cognitive difficulties they experience from cancer and treatment called chemobrain.

Education and Certifications

Certification In the Practice of Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy (CPCRT) through the Society for Cognitive Rehabilitation, Netherlands.

Certified in Brain Injury Family Intervention (BIFI) through the Virginia Commonwealth University Traumatic Brain Injury Model System

Certified Learning Disability Remediation Specialist through the Edu-Therapeutics Learning Specialist Program

Licensure in Educational Kinesiology through the Educational Kinesiology Foundation

Nationally Certified as a Mental Health Service Provider in Sports Psychology Counseling through the National Institute of Sports Professionals, Division of Sports Psychologists 

Provisional Certification in Lifestyle Counseling through the American Society for Lifestyle Counseling

Certified in Sound Therapy through Advanced Brain Technologies

Trained in Art4Healing Level One Facilitation through Art and Creativity For Healing, Inc.

Authorized and trained to administer and interpret the ImPACT neurocognitive test for concussions

Certified and Authorized Provider for cognitive and mental skills assessments such as: The Attentional and Interpersonal Styles Inventory, Athlete’s Mental Edge Inventory, CNS Vital Signs Neurocognitive Assessment, Receptive-Expressive Observation, Competency Assessment Battery, Highlands Ability Battery, Multiple Intelligences Developmental Assessment Scales, and The Stress Profile

Certified facilitator of SENG-Model Support Groups for parents of gifted children to address the emotional and social needs of their children, and the parenting issues related to those needs

Nationally Certified Track and Field Coach through USA Track and Field 

Master of Science, Organization Development, with a specialization in Applied Behavioral Science.  Applied Behavioral Science focuses on enhancing the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations within different social and performance environments.  Graduated from American University and the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science with the program’s highest academic designation of Distinction.

Currently completing a Certification in the NeuroNet Therapeutic Program to improve children's sensory-motor abilities that impact learning

Faculty Member

Former faculty member teaching Organizational Behavior in the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond (Top 25 ranked business school in the United States)

Former Practicum Advisor for graduate students in Organizational Development at American University and the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science (Top 10 internationally ranked organization development masters program)

Published Books and Magazine Columns

Journey Back From Chemobrain: Everyday methods to address your chemobrain symptons

Mental Toughness In Athletes: Sports psychology secrets to dominate and win

The Corporate Competitor: Secrets of the fiercest competitors in business

University of YOU: Select the best college environment for your personality

Quarterly article about cognitive rehabilitation for traumatic brain injuries for TBI Today published by the Virginia Commonwealth University's Brain Injury Model System

Quarterly article about sport psychology methods for athletes, coaches, and parents for FC Richmond Soccer Club

Columnist, Transforming Your Enterprise Magazine, about performance psychology issues in corporate settings

Recent Speeches, Clinics, and Discussion Groups

Secrets From Parents Who Raised Can Do Girls at Mommies and Me of Greater Richmond

SportsParenting Discussion Group at Richmond Olympiad

SportsGirl Clinic at FC Richmond Soccer Club

Rehabilitation Psychology at CJW Sports Medicine Physical Therapy and Sports Training

Positive Awareness As A Gateway to Cognitive Rehabilitation at 2014 Rehabilitation of the Adult and Child With Brain Injury Conference

Family Cognitive Retraining Education at 2014 Brain Injury Association of Virginia Annual Conference

Family Cognitive Retraining Education at 2013 Rehabilitation of the Adult and Child With Brain Injury Conference

The Self-Directed Athlete at Virginia High School League Leadership Conference

Monthly Journey Back From Chemobrain Workshops at CJW Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital

Conquering the Chemobrain Challenge at Pink Mondays, CJW Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital

Cognitive Retraining of Chemobrain at 2012 Rehabilitation of the Adult and Child With Brain Injury Conference

Certification Training Workshop called Journey Back From Chemobrain for oncology medical staff at the The John Theurer Cancer Center, Hackensack University Medical Center

Cognitive Retraining at Virginia Commonwealth University Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department's Grand Rounds

Journey Back From Chemobrain at St. Mary’s Hospital Brain Tumor Support Group and St. Francis Hospital Breast Cancer Support Group

Support Group Facilitator, Cancer Survivor Support Group at The Hawthorne Cancer Resource Center 

Gymnast Education Workshop at Richmond Olympiad

Coach Education Workshops at Richmond Olympiad

Parent Education Workshops at Richmond Olympiad

Athletic Performance

Silver medalist in 800-meters at the U.S. AAU National Track and Field Championships

Top-ten finisher at the U.S. AAU National Cross-Country Championships 

Co-captain of cross country teams that won the USA Track and Field Federation’s National Championship, and teams that were ranked the top cross country team in the United States by Track and Field News

Member of teams that won NCAA conference championships

Member of a distance-medley relay team that set the New Jersey state record that stood for over 30 years

New Jersey All-State cross-country runner