Dr. Michael Messina

I am a Clinical Psychologist in Southlake, TX (License # 36673) providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and assessment to adults, children, and adolescents in Southlake and surrounding areas, like Grapevine, Trophy Club, Keller, Colleyville, Flower Mound, and Coppell.

I treat a variety of problems such as anxietydepression, and child and adolescent disorders.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an scientifically-based treatment approach used to treat emotional and behavioral problems. It is a present-focused, active treatment model that helps the person set realistic goals and track progress. It focuses on changing thoughts and behaviors, which improves mood and day-to-day functioning. CBT strategies help people think differently about their situations, change their behaviors to better work through their problems, and learn new ways of coping with stressors. CBT therapists help people develop the tools they need to work through current and future problems on their own. CBT is a well-established treatment model for many adult, child, and adolescent behavior and emotional problems.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety, another word for fear or worry, is a feeling of uneasiness or distress about some real or perceived threat. Anxiety presents in many forms. Some people are anxious or fearful about social situations, where they may be expected to perform or interact with others in a certain way. Others are fearful of specific situations or objects, like flying or having their blood drawn. Some people experience panic symptoms, such as rapid heartbeat, trembling, shortness of breath, chest pain, or nausea. Others worry a lot about the future and find it difficult to control their worry. This can lead to irritability, difficulties concentrating, and difficulties with sleep.

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What is Depression?

Depression is characterized by feelings of intense sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, and worthlessness that persists for weeks and significantly interferes with a person's day to day functioning. Depression can present in various ways. Some common symptoms include persistent sad or "empty" feelings, feelings of hopelessness or pessimism, feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness, fatigue and decreased energy, irritability, restlessness, loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions, insomnia or excessive sleeping, overeating or appetite loss, physical complaints (e.g., body aches, headache, digestive problems), thoughts of suicide, or suicide attempts.

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