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Ratings for Dr. William L. HOLCOMB

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Don't let this shrink mess with your head! There's a lot of issues in this practice. This m.d. takes in a patient base larger than he can handle. Yep, that's only one of the reasons for patients to be driving all around town to get a 30-day prescription. Every month. Every time. The staff is overworked, and the patients are charged for anything under the sun, such as being five min. late for appointments, needing extra medication or canceling Group. Talking about Group, I wish we could skip that part, but it's impossible! It starts with his group dynamics: he's not a certified group therapist. So, in your very first sessions, he's the nicest person around. As he gets familiar with you, he bullies his patients (most of the times in a subtle way) when picking favorites while ganging up on the ones that he doesn't like or giving them no talking time. Talking or not, the patient still has to pay for the group session. Sometimes he's not so subtle, i.e., when he bad talks patients when they're missing group or when - just plainly, he REFERS TO PATIENTS AS MONKEYS. It's degrading and condescending, as he’s is. Other common scenarios: when a group member points out his mistakes, he turns the rhetoric around and blames the patient using broad, wide range statements such as is "you're JUST addressing the world with your angry way as always" or questioning the patient with "are you talking as you are now or the little 10-year-old that you used to be"? which is utterly patronizing and makes you regret that you had ever opened your mouth to confide on him about your troubles. Make no mistake, he will use any information in his arsenal about you to not address any of his shortcomings. No matter what the issue is, he takes NO responsibilities for anything, ever. He will always blame you, the patient. Another cringe aspect of the group therapy is that the cancellation policy is non-existent. Once you're in, you pay for any and every session, regardless if you had/will have the session or not - and that includes the ones you wouldn't be able to attend and that you gave him weeks or even months of notice. In other words, there's NO cancellation for Group unless you figure out how to remove yourself from it completely. On the clinical side, there are issues too. He's stuck on prescribing certain medications and dismisses patients feedbacks about side effects. If you want to change the medication he put you on, switch doctors. This one is NOT going to advocate on your behalf. It's sad to say, but as Austin doesn't have enough psychiatrists to handle the demand, no action will ever be taken against him. Good luck with trying: he has a wide network of "friends" in every aspect that is important for keeping a business: the legal ones (lawyers), the PR/image ones (local celebrities, journalists, and Willie Nelson) and the political one (community mental health advocates, hospital admins, political parties). Until Austin has more qualified mental health professionals, we just have to live with the old stereotype of just another doctor carrying around a God complex.

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flag | Submitted July 7, 2017

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Dr. Holcomb does not listen to his patients, prescribes pills that cause side effects that worsen symptoms that he is supposed to be treating, and furthermore pills that cause new mental illnesses such as schizophrenia! I am so glad I checked this rate my doctor before taking another one of his less than unhelpful prescriptions that could have caused me to develop diabetes. He does not listen to his patients needs and is very ANTI-Parent because he does not want to be caught for being a quack for a doctor.

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flag | Submitted December 27, 2014

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For being a doctor in this specialty, you'd think he'd listen to his patients or maybe even read their chart. Nope! Not this guy. He just likes to prescribe pills for things you don't even have a need for. I was so glad I sought a 2nd opinion... Because now I am actually being taken care of responsibly and with care.

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flag | Submitted April 12, 2014

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