Ratings for Dr. Carl Wiebe
I am surprised by the positive reviews by other patients as I have not had a good experience with him. He appears very disinterested during sessions and when he does offer validation of your feelings it does not feel sincere. His focus is primarily medication. It is my impression he favours some patients over others hence the disparity of opinions. He has a slight pompous and assumes everyone has the money to pay for DBT. He is also forgetful of what he has said in previous sessions again showing a disinterest.
Dr. Wiebe didn't know anything about why I might hear music in my head. I wanted to tell him that he should just google it on the Internet, a lot of people with mental health issues hear it. It is so obviously an internal kind of OCD. Just like "normal people" who hear a tune repetitively in their heads. I didn't know that I was only going to see him twice, make sure your GP knows that. He is a caring individual and I'm sure a good psychotherapist but when I mentioned Dr, Gorman or Dr. Remick (retired) at the Mood Disorders Association he said "they do drugs" Meaning that is all they do - and I'm betting they do it better than Dr. Wiebe.
This doctor has saved my life. He was the one to finally diagnose me properly (after several wrong diagnoses since I was 17). I'm doing his DBT group and it is also helping. I feel like I'm finally getting the care I need with Dr Wiebe and I'm so grateful. He is kind, thoughtful, and compassionate. I feel very lucky to have him be my psychiatrist.
I think Dr Wiebe needs a lot more experience, I gave him low marks for knowledge, but really what he lacks is wisdom. I don't think he has a real grasp of the nuances of mental illness, and isn't good at reading people. I read another review where it was mentioned that 'perhaps he just likes some patients more than others' That makes sense to me. I didn't have a good experience with him, though he's certainly affable, and a nice man. I was fortunate to have been in a good headspace when I met him, so I wasn't dangerously vulnerable and willing to think everything was my fault as I have been with other new Psychiatrists. He really LOVES to talk about himself. I didn't feel listened to, and though he talked about suffering he seemed to me to only really understand it on a superficial level. When I started to unravel emotionally I felt like I left the office with a virtual punch on the shoulder and "you'll be just fine" It was almost comical "buuuut I want to kill myself" "you'll be OKAY" "I think I should go inpatient" "Well I can make an appointment with you in two weeks" Me thinking "Well we haven't talked about anything I wanted to, nothing is going to be different, so why will I be okay in two weeks, do you not believe me?" His answering machine says that if you are part of his life skills class (not covered) you can talk to him in person, but if you're just a regular patient.. go to the ER. That bothered me even before I was in crisis, but when I did go to the E.R. Saying " I feel suicidal" NOT asking for meds He said I was going for medication. That made me realize he wasn't concerned enough to check in on me at all but he had the time to look me up on Pharmanet. I felt as though he had an idea of me, and anything I did was going to fit his picture. I have another Dr. now and am much happier.
Dr Wiebe saved my life. He is constantly trying to help me better my circumstances. He's exceptional with PTSD, and understands the addictive mind. He doesn't assume, he asks, inquires, thinks, and bases his decisions on a great deal of research. This dr has changed my life.
I don't know what Dr. Wiebe does exactly. He doesn't listen or engage in issues that are currently traumatizing , he offers a "that must be hard" and then dismisses it. Our sessions are superficial with me wondering why I came besides getting my script refilled. It seems all actual therapy is only available if you can Join his DBT group. If you can't afford that, don't expect much.
Dr. Wiebe made my symptoms get worse after each session. He seems disinterested in my concerns. Communication with this physician is difficult. I expected a lot of understanding, compassion, and support instead I had disinterest in my problems, no support, no help, other than some meds, that don't work, and statements/comments that I don't feel are appropriate. No patient should be treated with such disrespect. I felt hurt, humiliated and upset. I hope he can still open his eyes and be more respectful, supportive and compassionate. Maybe he should review the standards of Good Psychiatrist Practice. Maybe he prefers some patients to others. I am unsure, but the worst thing for patient is when the doctor is not interested in seeing patient. You go there and you feel, what am I doing here, this doctor is going to insult me or tell me something upsetting instead of something encouraging. I am very disappointed but I still have hope or maybe not. :-(
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