Ratings for Dr. Don Pezzot
Before I became a patient of Dr. Pezzot's I had been highly skeptical of the mental health industry and had refused to get professional help for years out of fear of being misdiagnosed and simply pushed pills and sent on my way home. I had asked for psychiatrist referrals from my family doctor several times in the past but found all of the sessions to be about the psychiatrists themselves-- they seemed to derive pleasure from being in the position of power and speaking at you without actually attempting to solve whatever it was that you came to see them for. This only served to reinforce my beliefs and refrain from seeking professional help. I had been depressed for most of my adult life and after hitting a very low period of being suicidal and unable to get out of bed for weeks I finally decided to give a psychiatrist another chance. I contacted several of the top rated ones on RateMDs and was able to get an appointment with Dr. Pezzot. From the get-go, he seemed a lot more compassionate, empathetic, caring and intelligent than any of the psychiatrists that I had seen prior. I was adamant about not being put on pills and Dr. Pezzot assured me that his primary focus was on talk therapy. aimed at identifying the cause of depressive symptoms. I hadn't been prescribed any medication and I am doing a lot better. Dr. Pezzot is an amazing doctor who really made me see the mental health industry in a positive light. It'll be a sad day for Vancouver when he retires.
I've been a patient of Dr.P's, seeing him on and off, for 18 years. He is practically family and I'm saddened that he will likely retire in about a year. He is the last of a dying breed of psychiatrists that *truly* care, seeing patients in a comfy and warm "livingroom" setting, using various types of talk therapy, and medications when/if appropriate. I owe the success I have had in life to Dr.P for guiding me in managing my mental health issues. I came to him severely broken, and twenty years later I have a family with kids, a great career, and an education. I love myself and understand my brain and heart. When I came to him I was suicidal and had barely survived some extensive childhood trauma. If I hadn't met him, my life would have been A LOT different, as I had been through an endless number of hospital type settings and psychiatrists in white lab coats who barely even get to know you. Thank you Dr.P. You are amazing.
Dr. Pezzot is a gifted psychiatrist and is very patient-centred. He is one of the few psychiatrists I have ever heard of who respects a client's wish to not take drugs. He creates a very safe environment, and provides excellent suggestions for clients to continue working on their emotional health outside of his office. He doesn't try to keep clients coming to him year after year unless there is a clear need. I cannot say enough good things about this mental health professional who saved my life.
One of the kindest and compassionate Doctors with excellent skills and knowledge. This guy knows his stuff and is able to apply theories into real life situations, allowing one a greater perspective and ability to understand, heal and grow from a place of love.
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