Online counseling allows you to work with your mental health provider from the comfort and safety of your own home. Licensed clinical psychologist, Michael Messina, PsyD, of Dr. Messina & Associates, offers online counseling services from his practice in Southlake, Texas. Whether you’re a current patient or looking for expert psychological care to get through the increasing challenges of modern life, call Dr. Messina & Associates today or schedule a counseling session online.
Online counseling is just like in-person counseling, but instead of coming into Dr. Messina’s office, you log on to a secure video chat program.
You can still see Dr. Messina while you talk, which can help you focus on your conversation instead of trying to multitask while you’re on the phone.
Dr. Messina can also visually evaluate your mental health, monitoring your expressions and gestures as well as what you say and how you say it.
Dr. Messina offers child, adolescent, and adult online counseling. He can help you learn to cope with emotional problems, such as:
He also helps children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).
He can provide support and tools when you are facing family and marital challenges and is committed to helping you develop the skills you and your family need to thrive even in the hardest of times.
Dr. Messina sends you an email with a link to the video conference program before your appointment. When it’s time for your appointment, you log on. Make sure that you allow access to your camera and microphone, so you can see and hear each other.
Then, you and Dr. Messina have your regular counseling session. Dr. Messina uses cognitive behavioral therapy during most online sessions. He works with you to help you identify negative feelings and distorted thoughts so that you can learn to change how you respond to them.
You continue to learn and practice different coping techniques and behavioral changes to help you stay mentally and emotionally well.
During your online counseling session, you learn and practice strategies and problem-solving skills to cope with challenging feelings, thoughts, and situations.
Online counseling provides several benefits. First, you can continue to receive the mental health care you need when you can’t make it out of your home or when you simply need access to care in a more convenient way.
For example, you can schedule your appointment during your lunch hour at work, as long as you have a private room to talk to Dr. Messina.
Additionally, you can have your counseling appointment without having to arrange for child or eldercare. You can also save money on gas and other transportation costs.
All of these benefits are available without sacrificing your quality of care; online counseling has been found to be as effective as meeting in person.
If you’re interested in online counseling, call Dr. Messina & Associates or schedule an appointment online today.