Health Psychology Specialist

Dr. Messina & Associates -  - Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Messina & Associates

Clinical Psychologists & Psychiatrists located in Southlake, TX

If you’re living with a mental illness, you’re also more likely to experience chronic health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. Health psychology uses counseling and other similar techniques to improve your physical well-being. At Dr. Messina & Associates in Southlake, Texas, skilled psychologists provide health psychology services to people of all ages. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online or call the office today.

Health Psychology Q & A

What is health psychology?

Health psychology is a branch of mental health care that studies psychological and behavioral processes and their effects on health, illness, and medical treatment. 

A variety of factors influence health and illness, including genetics, environment, and diet, but psychological factors like anxiety and depression also contribute. Therefore, achieving optimal mental health directly influences your energy levels, physical performance, and daily life.

What are some illnesses that can benefit from health psychology?

The providers at Dr. Messina & Associates use health psychology to help manage various illnesses, including:

  • Hypertension
  • Migraine
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Insomnia

Health psychology can provide you with the necessary tools and insights to limit uncomfortable side-effects and improve your quality of life.

Who can benefit from health psychology?

Anyone who wants to improve their physical health can benefit from health psychology. That is particularly true if you participate in bad habits like using tobacco or consuming excessive amounts of alcohol. 

Though many people use substances to cope with strong emotions, over time, self-medication increases the risk of serious health problems.

Health psychologists, examine the psychological factors that influence these choices and make recommendations to help you change them.

You might also benefit from health psychology if you struggle with:

  • Tension headaches
  • Autonomic nerve dysfunction (dysautonomia)
  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
  • Reynaud’s syndrome

Health psychology can even provide tips for better managing grief by teaching you healthy coping skills.

What happens during a health psychology appointment?

A health psychology appointment begins with a review of your mental and physical health history and a discussion of your symptoms and goals for treatment. After gathering this information, they have you fill out a questionnaire to provide more detailed answers.

They uses this questionnaire to develop a custom treatment plan. Usually, this includes a combination of talk therapy, healthy lifestyle changes, and, if necessary, prescription medication. 

Ultimately, the goal of health psychology is to improve your mental well-being and physical health by implementing healthy habits and positive thinking.

To achieve the best possible results, follow the providers’ instructions carefully. Attend all of your follow-up appointments and closely adhere to your custom care regimen.

To learn more about the benefits of health psychology, schedule an appointment at Dr. Messina & Associates. Book a consultation online or call the office today.

What is health psychology?

Health psychology is a branch of mental health care that studies psychological and behavioral processes and their effects on health, illness, and medical treatment. 

A variety of factors influence health and illness, including genetics, environment, and diet, but psychological factors like anxiety and depression also contribute. Therefore, achieving optimal mental health directly influences your energy levels, physical performance, and daily life.

What are some illnesses that can benefit from health psychology?

The providers at Dr. Messina & Associates use health psychology to help manage various illnesses, including:

  • Hypertension
  • Migraine
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Insomnia

Health psychology can provide you with the necessary tools and insights to limit uncomfortable side-effects and improve your quality of life.

Who can benefit from health psychology?

Anyone who wants to improve their physical health can benefit from health psychology. That is particularly true if you participate in bad habits like using tobacco or consuming excessive amounts of alcohol. 

Though many people use substances to cope with strong emotions, over time, self-medication increases the risk of serious health problems.

Health psychologists, examine the psychological factors that influence these choices and make recommendations to help you change them.

You might also benefit from health psychology if you struggle with:

  • Tension headaches
  • Autonomic nerve dysfunction (dysautonomia)
  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
  • Reynaud’s syndrome

Health psychology can even provide tips for better managing grief by teaching you healthy coping skills.

What happens during a health psychology appointment?

A health psychology appointment begins with a review of your mental and physical health history and a discussion of your symptoms and goals for treatment. After gathering this information, they have you fill out a questionnaire to provide more detailed answers.

They uses this questionnaire to develop a custom treatment plan. Usually, this includes a combination of talk therapy, healthy lifestyle changes, and, if necessary, prescription medication. 

Ultimately, the goal of health psychology is to improve your mental well-being and physical health by implementing healthy habits and positive thinking.

To achieve the best possible results, follow the providers’ instructions carefully. Attend all of your follow-up appointments and closely adhere to your custom care regimen.

To learn more about the benefits of health psychology, schedule an appointment at Dr. Messina & Associates. Book a consultation online or call the office today.