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A heart attack at the age of 35 changed my life.dr francisco martinez mesa psychologist miami coral gables

It didn’t make sense, though.  I ate well and worked out regularly. But when I looked closer at my life, there was one aspect of my health I’d ignored: my mental health.  I’d been having panic attacks since I was 18 when I was balancing the demands of going to college, completing vocational school, and back-breaking work at a furniture factory.  Getting married, having a child, and going to medical school turned up the pressure and made me more anxious.

Being stressed out became a way of life for me.

I’m Frank Martinez-Mesa, a licensed psychologist serving Miami, FL, and the surrounding neighborhoods of Coral Gables, Brickell, Doral, Pinecrest, Dadeland, and South Miami. Sitting in my hospital bed, I decided to make radical changes to my life.  My journey to overcome chronic stress and anxiety, combined with my medical knowledge, has become my area of expertise since becoming a health and neuropsychologist.

You can let go of anxiety, stress, and depression as a lifestyle, too.

And it’s easier than you think…when you have the right support.  That’s where I can help you. My experience taught me the importance of mental health on the progression of chronic disease – whether it’s heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic pain, headaches/migraines, chronic fatigue, or a major diagnosis like cancer or diabetes.  I recovered my physical and mental health, and now I help others (like you) to do the same.

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My therapy style is solution focused and time limited (on average 6 to 12 sessions).  Because I don’t subscribe to any particular model for therapy, I’m very eclectic in the techniques I use with my clients.  So whether it’s CBT, a sketch on a paper, mindfulness, or humor, I’ll use whatever strategy, tip, or hack from my toolbox will help you feel the relief you’re looking for and get closer to your goals.

Don’t let chronic anxiety, chronic illness, or chronic pain hurt your mental health, too.

I’m ready to help you achieve a great quality of life. Take the next step now.

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The Official Bio

Francisco Martinez-Mesa, M.D., Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist/ Clinical Neuropsychologist, FL PY#7713

Francisco Martinez-Mesa, M.D., Psy.D., is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist and fully bilingual in English and Spanish, specializing in neuropsychological treatment and assessment. Using hypnosis, meditation/mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), Dr. Martinez-Mesa helps people return to leading full lives after the emotional toll of facing the physical effects of chronic disease.  He combines his knowledge of medicine and psychology to treat anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and stress resulting from chronic diseases (e.g. diabetes, autoimmune, cancer, and cardiovascular disease like hypertension, heart attacks, and stroke), chronic pain (e.g. fibromyalgia, neuropathy, headache/migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, sport injury, and restless leg syndrome), and chronic fatigue. 

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Martinez-Mesa supervises clinical psychology interns, residents, and students at the Neurobehavioral Institute of Miami.  During his career, he has been affiliated with the Department of Behavioral Medicine at the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Employee Assistance Program.  Additionally, he served as Assistant Professor, and later Director of the Undergraduate Psychology Program at Carlos Albizu University.  Dr. Martinez-Mesa also has the distinction of being a founding professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University where he currently serves as a clinical professor.  His research interests center around the areas of medical psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, neuropsychological testing and instrumentation, and hypnosis.

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