Ratings for Dr. Vanessa Gourdine
I would give this place 0 stars if i could. Extremely unprofessional. I made an appt for my child in the Paramus location. It took me 40 minutes to get there from my home in Riverdale. When i arrived, the receptionist informed me that she was unable to locate my appt. In fact, they did not even have my child in the system (so it's not like i showed up on the wrong day. Rather it looks like someone was careless and gave me the appt time but never entered into the system). I was very upset so I asked to speak to someone in charge. I was told that all the providers had left for the day. I asked the receptionist to identify who was in charge. She told me that Dr. Vanessa Gourdine was the owner. On a whim, I asked if she was there currently (expecting the answer to be no since i was told that everyone left for the day). And she said that yes the owner/doctor was in fact there. So, naturally I asked to speak to her. She stepped away to talk to Dr. Gourdine, came back and said she was in the "middle of paperwork" but the manager would call me tomorrow. I then became more upset and said i would wait for her to finish her paperwork. A few minutes later a woman appeared and took the next patient. I asked the receptionist if that was Dr. Gourdine. She said yes. Can you imagine - this woman did not even acknowledge me? She could have easily pulled me aside, apologized for the error and then take the next patient. I was furious. The receptionist than said that doctor doesn't handle those issues - rather the manager did. I've never heard of this in my life! The owner can't handle an upset customer? Especially an owner who is a psychiatrist? I left the office crying over how i was treated. My poor child who suffers from anxiety which was why we there in the first place, witnessed the whole thing. STAY AWAY FROM THIS BUSINESS. If you search you will find other negative reviews as well. I should have done my diligence first. Hopefully, this review can help others.
Dr. Gourdine has been my practitioner for over two years. In this time, I have continued to learn how to be in control of my mental health and also how to make improvements to my overall health and wellness. I have been to many mental health practitioners in the past and none have compared. Highly recommended.
I was under the care of Dr. Vanessa Gourdine for one year. When I first met Dr. Gourdine I had attempted to commit suicide. I was extremely depressed. I was unable to work. Every day was unbearable. Dr. Gourdine recognized immediately that the sleep aid that I was taking had caused a chemical imbalance which deepened my depression and led me to consider suicide. With medication and monthly visits I was slowly able to regain control of my life. I returned to work within the month. Slowly my interests and enjoyment came back. I am happy to report that I am no longer depressed, and I no longer need medication. Dr. Gourdine saved my life.
My parents brought me to see Dr. Gourdine as a child when I was suffering from separation anxiety. I was unable to do anything that would separate me from my parents without experiencing extreme anxiety. After seeing her for some time, I was able to do things on my own. I took some time off from seeing Dr. Gourdine and eventually realized I was still experiencing some anxiety, so I decided to contact her again. She continued to work with me through my anxiety as I was growing up and helped me face things I never thought I would be able to face. Throughout my time in college, Dr. Gourdine helped me build up my confidence and helped me see that I had accomplished so much already. I am now attending graduate school where I am studying clinical psychology, an interest that was sparked by my time with Dr. Gourdine. I am now able to get through my day without feeling anxious and it is a great feeling. Without the great impact she had on my life, I would not be where I am today.
Dr.Gourdine is very highly skilled in her approaches and very knowledgeable about all types of interventions. She is kind, caring and has a great sense of humor. She knows a phenomenal amount of information about health issues. I had several forms of treatment in the past that were only somewhat helpful. she was able to treat my depression as well as improve my overall health as I was having many health complaints that got resolved with lifestyle and nutritional recommendations. She prescribed medication for a short period of time that resolved the depression and anxiety. the only drawback is that she is in high demand and when you want to reschedule a missed appointment her availability is very limited. I highly recommend her and can't say enough good things about her. she also gave great direction over some problems I was having with work and career. she is very warm and easy to talk to.
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