Dr. Charles Fontana is a psychologist practicing in Elmira, New York. Dr. Fontana specializes in the treatment of health mental problems, and helps people to cope with their mental illnesses. As a psychologist, Dr. Fontana evaluates and treats patients through a variety of methods, most typically being psychotherapy or talk therapy. Patients usually visit Dr. Fontana 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.
Education and Training
NY State Licensed Psychologist; PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Dr. Charles A. Fontana PH.D.'s Expert Contributions
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. 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. READ MORE
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- Local Lecturing at High Schools -
- Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
- Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
- First Health (Coventry Health Care)
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