Dr. Michael Elterman


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Practice: Dr.Michael Elterman , Registered Psychologist
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Rating: 2.8 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 21 reviews. Dr. Michael Elterman has a fair overall rating on RateMDs.com. neutral

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Psychologist-related: counseling, psychological trauma, psychological problems, mental illness
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RID: 3656544
15/01/14 5 5 5 5 I had an excellent experience with Dr. Elterman. I was very intimidated I had to have a Section 15 report done at all (an attempt by my ex-husband to stop a move to a different province), let alone that I had to expose my daughters to it. As it turned out Dr. Elterman was a gem with the children and they had fun with him. He also saw right through my ex'es web of delusions & lies and not only was I able to move, he said it would be detrimental for them not to be in my care.  Respond
RID: 3650289
07/01/14 1 1 1 1 I'm afraid my experience with Dr. Elterman was also not a positive one. He was clearly swayed by the lies of my psychopathic ex-wife and took her side. He tried to put words in the mouths of my witnesses and in his report twisted what they said. My ex continued to poison my daughter's mind against me between the ages of 6 and 10 and she has since become estranged from me. Her life is now a mess. She's attempted suicide at least once and run away from home. On the personal side, I too found Dr. Elterman disheveled and unprofessional in appearance. His handshake was weak and his hands told of a man who has never done an honest days work in his life. Yet people have to pay a king's ransom for his "services." 
Paid (or co-pay): $5000
RID: 2871206
21/09/13 4 3 5 5 I saw Dr. Elterman as an adult woman years ago. He was very calm and I could discuss nitty gritty unpleasant things with him, with complete ease. He was very understanding, kind, and helpful to me in helping me with past history of a sadistic, abusive father. Now many years later with my father's death, and upon discovering written documents from my father, as well as family verification, EVERYTHING Dr. Elterman said was true. I retain a warm grateful spot in my scarred heart for the words Dr. Elterman said to me so many years ago. I felt he welcomed me to sessions as if I were worth a million dollars. I am grateful to Dr. Michael Elterman.  Respond
RID: 2853223
12/09/13 5 3 4 4 He was sensitive,gentle and cared. He really tried to help me regarding my father. He apologized when he upset me.  Respond
RID: 2712276
18/07/13 5 4 5 5 Elterman has over 7 years made 5-6 reports for us in a very acrimonious case, involving PAS against the father (me) and serious enmeshment. I respect Dr. Elterman's level of integrity knowledge, he is very intelligent. Naturally he subjects himself to criticism - remember that Elterman works within a court system essentially 10 years behind psychology and no matter his recommendation is, it leaves at least one person who is mad as hell. I have not been happy with what has happened over the last 7 years. I would have preferred something more radical to happen BEFORE my kid took to violence due to coaching and enmeshment with his mother. As it stands now, I have legally "won". I have had full custody for 2 years, but illicit access, extended phone access, gamesmanship in court, reneging on agreements etc. has caused the PAS to pass the line. I am now at a point where the kid does not want to be here. The courts don't enforce what they rule. Elterman, however, does a good job.  Respond
RID: 2667209
31/05/13 2 3 2 2  
Paid (or co-pay): $7500
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RID: 2465725
04/11/12 1 1 1 2 Dr Elterman came highly recommended by our first (unexperienced) lawyer. Our second lawyer told us he was one of the worst in BC. We found out the hard way. He appeared completely distracted and uninterested. Upon receiving our report it was clear he did not understand the situation my step daughters or how desperately they wanted to live with their dad.He downplayed their moms admitting to violence against my husband and girls. We never showed the report to the girls but they found their mothers copy. They claimed he lied and within a month they finally got up the guts to confront their mom and threaten to report her to the ministry (she already had a record & dr E knew this). They moved in with us on the condition that she not have to pay child support. Thankfully they were finally old enough to confront their mom. I have since seen 2 other reports done for other people. Most expensive copy and paste jobs ever  Respond
RID: 2414986
31/08/12 3 3 1 1 When my ex-wife decided to falsely use the sexual abuse card to attempt to gain sole custody, Dr. Elterman was brought in to interview my 3-year-old daughter after another doctor found NO evidence of sexual abuse. Thanks to this genius's conclusion, that 'due to her level of comprehension, one can't rule out sexual touching,' I was subjected to the polygraph from hell in order to clear my name. I passed (DUH) and while you may not be able to rule it out, you also can't rule it in, especially since there was not even an attempt to interview me - never mind thoroughly interviewing my ex-wife to flush out her motives, which even the RCMP found completely transparent. So no, I have not had any contact with this man, but his affect on my life was brutal through complete carelessness.  Respond
RID: 1730395
06/03/12 5 4 5 5 Dr. Elterman wrote a very insightful report for our family. The report was to resolve our child custody and parenting issues. His focus on what was in the best interest of our children was much appreciated. Disputes related to children are very difficult. I believe Dr. Elterman does a very good job of identifying the problem and finding an unbiased solution.  Respond
RID: 1728687
04/03/12 5 5 5 5 overal wasnt rude,wasnt jusging, wasnt out of line, was fair, was quiet and did look into things as best as he could, overall he was honest and he is clearly doing a topic of wich not everyone would be happy i notice the negative feed backs are all on here and positives are deleted..so i did have a good experience ...AAAA plus for being fair and not shure why this sight wouldnt keep the positive reports on here??// so i gree with the other reporter that clearly the people who report negative must have not been forthcoming..and go posibly caught for there shortfalls...  Respond
RID: 1577954
02/11/11 3 3 1 1  
Paid (or co-pay): $10000
RID: 1527071
31/08/11 3 3 1 1 i have tried two previous times to leave a rating for dr elterman; would they please get posted. this is my third attempted posting., when i have returned to this page, it states that my posting is under review...now it is gone again. dr elterman performed a biased, erroneous, report in which he disregarded rcmp files in which the father had been seriously attacked, and involved in the drug trade. 
Paid (or co-pay): $3500
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RID: 1524048
28/08/11 1 1 1 1 this clown ha made a fortune doing court-ordered assessments in custody hearings.He was paid off my ex-husband "Bernie the Attorney" to order a YEAR of sole custody to this man both knowing I had no money or emotional strength after this unexpected and traumatic treatment. They nodded and smiled to each other at the end of Elterman's testimony while I sat in tears and shock. As a social worker for years, I knew that sole custody for a year to this man would mean the end of my world, since he is a sociopath and has money and resources to alienate my kids and leave me penniless after 18 yrs of marriage and supporting him through law school, leaving my career to raise my babies This pig elterman ruined all our lives-me,my kids-who were put through a passive-aggressive brain-washing --we lost each other and I had a complete break-down complete with depression and alcohol to try and self-medicate the pain. All holidays, all graduations and other activities excluded me; and now he is the of the mother of my 1st grndson.  See Responses
RID: 1522251
25/08/11 1 3 1 1 Michael Elterman was referred to my ex-husband & I to help us work out the custody issues for our children during the course of our divorce proceedings. he came highly recommended and I was very disappointed after meeting him. His appearance left much to be desired - he was very unkempt and actually looked dirty. I found him to be extremely cold and arrogant. He was very rude with me and very friendly with my ex-husband, which was, in my opinion, completely unprofessional. My children did not like him at all and expressed a desire to be counselled by someone else after they each saw him once.  Respond
RID: 1408725
06/04/11 5 5 5 5 thank you for all your help you have done for our family, we were really pleased with his outcome.  Respond
27/09/10 SYSTEM: 2 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 1245458
07/09/10 1 5 1 1 Dr. Elterman was our counsellor when my brother and I were young boys he was a terribly cold human being. I was 8 years old and my brother was 10 at the time we are now 17 and 19 we both agree he did not make anything happen as far as doing something we wanted he asked us if we had a prefered arrangement with seeing of our parents we said we wanted to live with our mother he did not allow that to happen he favoured our father whom we did not want to be with. Dr Elterman from what we both remembered was very rude and arrogant and would often take off his sandals and pay with his fingers inbeetween his toes and then smell them more than he would actually counsell us he was a terrible person and I hate him with all my heart and my brother feels the same.  Respond
RID: 1213780
22/07/10 4 5 5 5 I was extremely surprised, when I read the comments below- as I, on the contrary,have had a wonderful experience! I have been seeing Dr. Elterman for over a year now, and without his help, I would absolutely still be in the dark place i wanted to get out of so badly. Not only has He listened to all of my problems, but the manner in which he helps me figure them out/ advice given to me is in a very structured way-thus easily understood.He tells me things that are true, even if i dont want to hear them, and this is exactly what i need. I love that after every session, i walk out with such freedom, and such optimism. I would highly recommend Dr. Elterman to EVERYBODY interested in seeing an extremely knowledgeable, pleasant, reliable doctor. Choosing Dr. Elterman was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I cannot express how thankful I am for having found Him through friends who have found Him very helpful. I am tremendously grateful for having Dr. Elterman in my life!  Respond
RID: 1086716
22/01/10 5 4 4 4 Dr Elterman does custody and access assessments and in every case someone feels that he did a great job and someone ends up disliking him. That is the nature of a child custody evaluation. It is not like other services. Every case ends up with one parent having hard feelings and being bitter about the outcome. The satisfied parents dont complain. Think about that .  See Responses
RID: 926745
01/07/09 2 2 1 2 He was asked to do a follow-up report for an ongoing problem with custody and access. He does not check his facts nor does he deal with factual information. His report is one sided, again and offers no practical solution. It has caused endless problems for a 7 year old little boy who did attempt to tell him what he wanted and what problems he had with the way Dr Elterman had divided the access. Infact no thougth was given to this little boys needs or his ability to have a life in his primary residence.  Respond
RID: 897259
26/05/09 1 2 1 1 Had a court ordered report done a few years ago. Report was one sided, biased, and it left out pertinent information. Spent much time talking on the cell phone. Very disappointing. I found him negligent and unresponsive when I confronted him. Does not seem to understand the concept of factual evidence.  See Responses
25/03/09 SYSTEM: 3 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 840562
24/03/09 5 5 1 3 His Reports err on the side of caution when it comes to certain issues. He does not give black or white answers which in my case has cost me the relationship between me and my children . I cannot comment on the specifics online other than to say that a similar story to mine was on the tv show W-5 many years ago.  Respond
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