Ratings for Dr. John Vanderkooy
Out of all the child psychiatrists I have had, Vanderkooy is the least terrible. That isn’t to say he’s NOT terrible, he’s just less terrible than others. If yelling and swearing and mockery triggers you, he’s the actual worst. He will yell at you and make fun of you until you cry, and he seems to take pleasure in doing so. He also seems to have a very twisted sense of humor (maybe he’s the one who needs a shrink). On the other hand, he seems less quick to throw pills at you and seems to come from a more therapeutic approach, which I appreciate. Aside from the fact he makes you leave every meeting or appointment crying, he does give you actual insight into your problems (even when you don’t understand them) and will (sometimes) explain them in a way you can understand (he uses a lot of metaphors, sometimes they’re confusing and vague as all get out, but every once in a while he has one that clicks perfectly and you understand it really well). He seems very knowledgeable, the problem lies in his aggressive and insulting disposition.
he refused to give me the diagnosis needed he said it was "out of his power" when there were other people who had gotten a diagnosis from him. now i am forced to be quiet during school because they have disregarded my needs because i have no diagnosis. also i don't want him thinking that he cured me or whatever he didn't if anything he made everything worse. he criticized me for everything. he was rude not helpful whatsoever. he blamed me for being this way. he has absolutely no empathy for any of his patients. i am truly disgusted with his work. i do not recommend.
After having a family discussion. I found him not open to any suggestions to help him get a patient to open up. He is very aggressive, blunt and very obvious it is his way or no way. I found him to have no empathy for his patients. I cant accept a treatment plan being " he has to talk to me or he won't get out for a long time" this is for a patient with social anxiety and trust issues who feels he can't talk to someone he doesn't trust, who intimidates and scares him so he gets locked up with no help . I was very disgusted after this meeting and surprised a doctor actually feels that way about his patients. Maybe he has been doing this job too long and he can't deal with it anymore. He seems more worried about his license than his patients
when i was admitted to the hospital for depression and suicidal ideation and stayed in the mental health unit, i was given dr vanderkooy. the first time i saw him he made me cry from his loud (yelling) voice and swearing. he is inconsiderant and insensitive, and left me locked in my room just for crying because he was scaring me. he’s triggering and always seems angry at me, i DO NOT RECOMMEND this doctor, he should be sued and is not suited to be a psychiatrist at all.
Dr. Vanderkooy is the rudest and most inconsiderant doctor I have ever met. He tried kicking me out of a hospital just because he didn't believe my story on a serious suicide attempt that happened lesss than 2 weeks before. My family doctor back home actually had to call him to yell at him to re admit me. He obviously doesn't have a care in the world for suicidal patients. He also lied a lot and his solution for everything was more pharmaceutical drugs. Even ones with serious side effects but he would never say that. If I followed his advice or kept him as a doctor chances are I would be dead right now. No joke, the nurse of my family dr told me that he had me on way to high of a dose of sleeping pills, she was stunned and said it was a high enough dosage to tranqulize a horse while vanderkooy thought it was a small dose and wanted to give me more. I even heard a nurse or two of the staff that works under him say bad things about him. This guy is a terrible human being who should get sued and have his license revoked.
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