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Dr. Teresa Y. Chapa-Cantu

Psychologist

Dr. Teresa Chapa-Cantu is a psychologist practicing in Harlingen, Texas. Dr. Chapa-Cantu specializes in the treatment of health mental problems, and helps people to cope with their mental illnesses. As a psychologist, Dr. Chapa-Cantu evaluates and treats patients through a variety of methods, most typically being psychotherapy or talk therapy. Patients usually visit Dr. Chapa-Cantu because they have been experiencing depression, anxiety, stress or anger for a significant period of time and are seeking help. Psychologists may perform a variety of exams and assessments to diagnose a mental condition.
Dr. Teresa Y. Chapa-Cantu
  • Harlingen, Texas
  • BS in Psychology at University of Texas
  • Accepting new patients

I think I may be depressed. What do I do?

There are many qualified therapists (masters and doctoral) in the community, but research them well. Too, it is important to have a social network around you, this can include READ MORE
There are many qualified therapists (masters and doctoral) in the community, but research them well. Too, it is important to have a social network around you, this can include family, friends, and even community church.

Do therapists lead therapy sessions or do I?

Just be direct with your therapist at the outset, and try to be clear about what would work best for you.

How can I get over a fear of going to a psychologist?

Try online or phone therapy first. This could introduce you to the process, and make you feel more comfortable.

Do psychologists ever have a "time frame" in mind?

Ethically, it is our responsibility to set a treatment plan which helps to determine a time frame. Depending on the therapeutic approach and the diagnoses, some will be short-term READ MORE
Ethically, it is our responsibility to set a treatment plan which helps to determine a time frame. Depending on the therapeutic approach and the diagnoses, some will be short-term therapy, some will be longer term.

At night, thinking prevents me from sleeping. Can I do anything about it?

If this interferes with your sleep, it seems you are struggling with anxiety. It is important to work with a therapist to address your constant worry.

My son has Asperger's Syndrome. How is it treated?

Research supports a behavioral and interpersonal approach to therapy for Autism. Look into Applied Behavior Analysis.

I'm having some severe chest pain with anxiety. Is this dangerous? What could it be?

It is important to have a physical done first, and rule that out. If there is no physical source, seek therapy for anxiety.

Looking for help with my teenage daughter

I would only recommend she see someone if she has complained about problems, or if you see something is wrong. Otherwise, you cannot "prevent" any issues with an appointment with READ MORE
I would only recommend she see someone if she has complained about problems, or if you see something is wrong. Otherwise, you cannot "prevent" any issues with an appointment with a mental health professional. The best prevention is involvement in your child's life, with love and support.

Patient privacy when it's a child being seen

Hello, in general if your child is under 18, you must provide written consent for the child to be seen. A good practice is for the therapist to discuss treatment options and goals READ MORE
Hello, in general if your child is under 18, you must provide written consent for the child to be seen. A good practice is for the therapist to discuss treatment options and goals with the parents. If it's a teen, they will not disclose details about therapy topics to build trust, but will speak with you if there is a serious concern/threat to life or safety.

Dealing with pain anxiety depression

Hello, I am not familiar with the use of cannabis for treatment. In Texas this is not legal. You may want to contact psychiatrists in the states that have legalized this for medicinal READ MORE
Hello, I am not familiar with the use of cannabis for treatment. In Texas this is not legal. You may want to contact psychiatrists in the states that have legalized this for medicinal purposes.

How to deal with the anxiety of getting cancer?

Hello, I would encourage you to seek therapy from a licensed mental health provider (licensed psychologist, licensed professional counselor, licensed clinical social worker) for READ MORE
Hello, I would encourage you to seek therapy from a licensed mental health provider (licensed psychologist, licensed professional counselor, licensed clinical social worker) for psychotherapy.