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Dr. Charles A. Fontana

Psychologist

Dr. Charles A. Fontana is a top Psychologist in Elmira, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Charles A. Fontana is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Charles A. Fontana is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Charles A. Fontana is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Elmira, New York, Dr. Charles A. Fontana is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. Charles A. Fontana
  • Elmira, New York
  • Yeshiva University
  • Accepting new patients

What causes depression in some people?

There are many causes for depressive symptoms, that usually come out to situational versus dispositional or brain chemistry causes. The thing to remember is that the brain always READ MORE
There are many causes for depressive symptoms, that usually come out to situational versus dispositional or brain chemistry causes. The thing to remember is that the brain always interacts with and can change with changes in our situation and environment. So we can't just say its nature or nurture when melancholy or sadness can often be the result of the loss of a loved one and could be nothing more than grief.

The question of whether or not it will persist has to do with those factors including your family history, how many relatives have struggled with depressive symptoms with no apparent environmental cause and how much this has happened in your life before. A mental health professional will take a history to help determine to what extent this is situational. Whether it is an ongoing clinical depression or not, there is always hope. If it is a clinical depression, there is always help best with a combination of medication and therapy. I've seen many people do well with just medication and some do well with just therapy. But keep in mind that the therapy needs to focus on specific tasks and skills that help to alleviate the symptoms, while the medication has to be manageable by your body. There is always hope.

Do therapists lead therapy sessions or do I?

You can always call the therapist and discuss whether they prefer to use non-directive methods or more specific cognitive behavioral therapies. Those tend to be more directive READ MORE
You can always call the therapist and discuss whether they prefer to use non-directive methods or more specific cognitive behavioral therapies. Those tend to be more directive and often involve homework and skill building. I tend to prefer to do both, depending on where the person is at and what is needed.