Dr. Pieter Strauss


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Rating: 4.1 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 29 reviews. Dr. Pieter Strauss has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Psychiatrist-related: mental illness, depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse disorders, depression medication, pharmacological treatment, prescription drugs
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RID: 5438128
01/05/14 5 5 5 5 I will forever be grateful to dr. Strauss. In my darkest times, he gave me hope and enabled me to get back on my feet. I felt respected and heard - especially when we had to change my meds and dosages. Without his vast knowledge, care, wisdom and common sense, I doubt it that I would be living the life I do now. I wish him the very best.  Respond
RID: 5433603
29/04/14 5 5 5 5 I am a 30 year old professional in the medical field and I've spent a lot of time with many doctors. Dr. Strauss has been my psychiatrist for the past few years and I can truly say that he is the paragon of psychiatry. He is nonjudgmental and sincerely compassionate, caring, humble, and has one of the brightest minds I know. I am so blessed to have found him and Abbotsford is beyond fortunate to have such an ideal mental health provider like him. He is held in high esteem by his colleagues and patients alike and it is easy to understand why.  Respond
30/03/14 SYSTEM: 1 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 5286444
20/03/14 1 1 1 1 My father visited Dr. Pieter Strauss after being placed in Abbotsford psychiatric ward, he prescribed high dangerous dosages of medication on different occasions, my father went from extreme highs to lows he then willingly called emergency to take him to Abbotsford hospital to Strauss where the hospital denied my father any assistance as Strauss was away on holidays in South Africa, the front counter turned my sick father AWAY and left him with no on call doctor, 1 day later after he had was offered no help or assistance from Strauss or the hospital he took his own life within 10 minutes from the hospital. Strauss denies any contact with my family and I to this day. Doctor Pieter Strauss deserves to have his license REVOKED. I don't know how he continues his poor practice each day knowing my father who was simply asking for help is now DEAD. The amount of pain he has caused my family along with others is horrific.  Respond
RID: 2654289
22/05/13 1 2 1 1 I have a low opinion of him. In my case it was a family member and he did nothing but prescribe and re-prescribe, change it here and there. Spent little to no time actually talking to the person about their issues. Doing research on some of the prescriptions I was pretty amazed and I talked to pharmacists about the prescriptions to confirm what I read. He also has a habit of rescheduling appointments and given he books people out months in advance so he is very hard to see. 
Insurance: BC Med
RID: 2518409
01/01/13 3 5 5 5 Excellent psychiatrist. Very caring and knowledgeable. He treated me with respect. He was willing to do things a bit different with medication to see if I was able to take it. When I went to see him, even though I had not see him for a bit over a month, he was right up to speed on every aspect of my situation. I would highly recommend him. 
Insurance: MSP
RID: 1631685
11/11/11 3 5 5 5 Dr.Strauss has without any doubt saved my life. He is a compassionate, knowledgeable and professional, I have never seen anyone as excellent as he is. I am an experienced manager and was hospitalized under his care having an opportunity to see how he deals with staff and seriously ill patients. The manner in which he leads the Psychiatric Department is very impressive and he sincerely cares for everyone there. In my opinion he does not suffer opportunist fools gladly and this I respect as well, too many patients take chances and often gets away with it, we need more doctors like him. Thank you so much for the significant difference you made in my life. Your passion and caring is a blessing to our family and Abbotsford as whole.  Respond
RID: 1489740
18/07/11 4 5 5 5 Here is a Dr. with both brains and a heart. He is well respected in the community and a real gentleman. Dr. Strauss offers life, encouragement, knowledge and hope. Simply stated, he is the best of the best.  Respond
RID: 1462207
11/06/11 3 5 1 2 Not the one for you if you need to see the patient more than once every three months. Hes to busy and admits hes a hospital doc first and office second. He will prescribe the patient medication but then if it doesnt work and needs tweaking he wont see you even for five minutes to fix it. You must wait for your app which leaves the family to have to deal with the affected member by themselves. He tells you to go to the hospital for any tweaking which is useless as hes to busy to put a file down there and noone knows what to do. Currently looking for a new physicatrist with more availability.  Respond
RID: 1420539
19/04/11 4 4 5 5 I too am one of the lucky people who have been blessed by this incredible man. I suffered a huge loss when my daughter passed suddenly and the aftermath that followed her passing. My life was turned upside down and I was refered to another psyciatrist who wanted to hospitalize me. My family Dr. managed to get Dr. Strauss to take my case and all I can say is Thank you to both of these men. Dr. Strauss is a caring, compassionate, kind man who listens and understands. My life has been slowly getting better with his help. He has made me feel like there is hope and that I will start to feel "normal" again. I know that I have a long road ahead of me but I feel confident that with Dr, Strauss' help I will continue to make progress.  Respond
18/04/11 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 1293947
15/11/10 5 5 5 5 Dr. Strauss was very helpful. I can honestly say I do not believe I would be living today if I had not been referred to him when I was. He is positive in his attitude towards people and life and that reflects strongly in his therapy methods.  Respond
RID: 1291265
11/11/10 4 4 5 5 Dr. Strauss saved my life. After dealing with a number of psychiatrists, he was the only one I felt really listened and reflected back to me his perceptions of how I was feeling. His words of counsel are to-the-point, and always seem to make me feel better. His ability to fine-tune my medication regime has made a huge difference in how I live my life. He is always encouraging, but is not afraid to help me face the tough stuff. He genuinely wants to help and has a good sense of humour. I have complete faith and trust in him. Thank God for Dr. Strauss.  Respond
RID: 1192552
18/06/10 2 1 1 1 He made a diagnosis on the first session on very superficial info: 1 two-sided form, 1/4 of which was contact info, the rest overview of family med. history etc., then asked me random questions for 20 min. ie. "Have you ever been abused?" - very general. No further examination, just bam - DIAGNOSED and told I *must* go on meds, and tho I felt totally uncomfortable with this he assured me that I could simply go off them if I didn't like them. I had a bad reaction to the meds, told him so, he told me I needed to increase my dose, and kept upping me, making it worse, till another doc told me I was above the safety limit for my weight/height, then he goes away on Christmas holidays earlier than planned leaving my prescription hanging, and I went from too much to zero and this was not the kind of drug that you can just "go off of" - sudden total withdrawal was hell. When I told him of all this, he started asking inappropriate questions, and then yelled at me for not answering. Stay away!!  See Responses
RID: 1157614
26/04/10 1 1 1 1 It might be abit unfair as all i`ve got from strauss in 6 months is a handshake, 1 message given through a family member to pass on. He promised he would be in charge now as a specialist to help my husband as he was in my opinion was days away from death from being wrongly prescribe & over over medicated by a different doc. Strauss removed ALL meds & my husband started to thrive! but poof where did Strauss go, not one word, not one follow up until 4.5 months later when in an emergancy situation he appeared and prescribed medication but within a week he was gone again on a 3 wk vacation leaving no one to follow up on my husbands care. This case is not over. We`ll see if his ratings change but for now we do not have a sense of security with this doctor as he felt it was ok to leave my husband in a 5 point restraint and druged into a palative stupor for 5-6 days.  See Responses
RID: 972826
26/08/09 5 5 5 5 I thought he was a very sincere human being who enjoys helping others. He heard me out and tried to put himself in my shoes. I really appreciate doctors who don't throw medication at you. He helped me talk out my feelings and i felt very safe knowing he cared about my situation.  Respond
03/07/09 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 909182
09/06/09 5 5 5 5 I don't typically do these things, but I just HAVE to for Dr.Strauss. His genuiness and caring brought me from literally the brink of death. I am under his care for mental disorder, but have ongoing hope and feeling as 'someone out there gets me'. I can live a normal fulfilled life, with a dibilitating illness thanks to him!  Respond
RID: 774631
27/01/09 5 5 5 5 Dr. Strauss is as bright, efficient, compassionate and insightful as they come. His efforts and abilities are stellar and, though not infallible, his care is thorough and safe. I feel fully supported by him and use this as a jumping-off point to support myself. He is not super-human - we must do our own part to heal ourselves.  Respond
RID: 770723
22/01/09 1 4 3 3 NO FOLLOW-UP for missed appointments - it sure would have been nice if he'd called to see if I was okay. Receptionist is not helpful at getting a missed appointment either. It is impossible to get him on the phone to confirm or change your appointment. Appreciated his encouragement to keep going but did not diagnose me properly and prescribed wrong medications that just made me worse.  See Responses
RID: 736048
04/12/08 5 5 5 5 Working closely with Dr.Strauss we can really appreciate the care he provides for his patients. Numerous patients have remarked on his excellent compassion. He is a rare gem in the Abbotsford pool of psychiatrists.  Respond
RID: 718260
09/11/08 1 5 1 1 Horrid! Dr. Strauss put me on medication which he later confessed he did not even know the side effects of, another doctor confirmed it was way too much of this medicine, Effexor XR, and he screamed at me when I refused to tell him what the side effects were, because I felt this was information he should already know since he is prescribing it. See someone else!!!  See Responses
RID: 703061
16/10/08 5 4 5 5 I have been suffering from mental health problems since 1977 but was not diagnosed correctly until I met Dr. Strauss in Emergency, 2003 (I believe). He talks to you NOT down to you. He does psychotherapy as well as medications. If need be, he works with other clinics such as UBC Mood Disorder Clinic or detox clinics for concurrent disorders. I believe that if I was not his patient I would be dead. At present, I am just coming through a depressive episode and I did not drink which means something to me. It is hard to face life when feeling hopeless and helpless. Dr. Strauss does not avoid discussing these emotions, he just gives you a different perspective which I find hopeful. He is excellent as a psychiatrist, has a large practice because he is so good and seems to manage it with the assistance of his efficient receptionist, Ansa.  Respond
RID: 698943
09/10/08 5 5 5 5 I was fortunate to be able to be squeezed in as one of Dr. Strauss's patients, after a recommendation. Having dealt with agoraphobia, social phobia, depression and GAD for 20 years...I have seen other psychiatrists. Dr. Strauss is a breath of fresh air, most compassionate, genuinely caring, patient, a remarkable listener, articulate, intelligent and even humourous. He is a model of what other mental health professionals should be, and he puts you at ease. Some doctors make you feel uncomfortable (though not my surgeon father who lived a modest life and doesn't like how doctors often feel they are superior to other people). Not Dr. Strauss. He is the real deal, warm and affable. Though I know he can't "cure me" like magic, I am always grateful for each session. No matter how low I may feel, I always leave feeling better than when I entered.  Respond
RID: 623546
25/06/08 5 5 5 5 I am a healthcare provider in psychiatry and experienced PTSD. The treatment that I received from Dr. Strauss was the best possible. He is proffessional, compassionate, and gifted.  Respond
RID: 458955
07/12/07 4 5 5 5 I am the poor in a real and very terrible sense of the word. I have not met with this depth of compassion and yes, intellect, in another. Pieter saved my life, to me he is grace.  Respond
RID: 367781
16/07/07 5 5 5 5 A true credit to the medical profession here in B.C. and a sincere loss to his former patients in South Africa. I knew Dr. Struass when he practiced psychiatry for the Fed. Gov't. and was then also a remarkable and professional man. After an unusual situation at work, the Dr. came and apologised to a number of staff including myself, taking responsibility for an incident that he felt he could have prevented had he taken the other advice offered him. I gained tremendous respect for this fine Dr. after that incident. I have also visited Dr. Strauss at his private practice and I could not have been happier. WHAT A GREAT DOCTOR.  Respond
RID: 318599
14/05/07 5 5 5 Dr. Strauss is a kind & caring man, he has great humor.Wish all doctors could have his bedside manners.  Respond
RID: 307962
03/05/07 5 5 5 I'm sure it would be impossible not to like and respect Dr. Strauss. His compassion knows no bounds. He is kind, approachable and completely nonjudgmental. I have never known a physician to be so open and accepting. He displays none of the aloofness that is typical of psychiatrists. There is a sense of optimism that permeates his entire space and regardless of how I feel when I arrive, I always feel better when I leave. He has helped me tremendously over the past few years and it is because of him that my life has improved tenfold. God bless this man!  Respond
RID: 288284
19/04/07 5 5 5 Several years ago Dr. Strauss helped our then teenage son through a very difficult time. The other people who left comments on this site have hit the nail right on the head. Dr. Strauss was EXTREMELY professional and compassionate. His sense of humour was (pardon the pun) "just what the doctor ordered" and we, too, will be forever grateful for his services.  Respond
RID: 237361
27/03/07 5 5 5 Dr. Strauss has been extremely helpful to me. He diagnosed me accurately, explained my illness at length, and discussed the treatment options fully. I am no longer seeing him, but I will always be thankful for his clinical knowledge and his amazing wisdom.  Respond
RID: 181861
10/03/07 5 5 5 This physician is so respectful, provides a safe environment, has excellent assessment skills, is thorough. He is an outstanding psychiatrist. Has a sense of humour. Works from values such as positive regard, optimism, and hope. This I know through working with him and later as his patient for the last year.  Respond
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