Ratings for Dr. Stephanie Mason
I booked a short appointment with the Doctor. During the appointment, she answered several telephone calls, and even left the interview room. When she returned, the appointment time was over.
I have met with Dr. Mason many times and each time is more delightful. She has helped me more than I could ever explain on a website like this! Dr. Mason is very professional, knowledgeable and enjoyable in general. I couldn't be more elated with Dr.Mason's ability to provide insight and guidance in my life. Thanks again!!!!!
Dr. Mason is specialist and I know she sees many patients. You are lucky to get 45 minutes. Other psychiatrists keep their appointments short and focus only on medication. If she changed your appointment she had to priorize, and I don't think she would say you were low, but you might have been more healthy than the person who needed her time.
She kept cancelling appointments with me and was often late (and would kick me out on the hour, reducing my appointment time to 45 mins). She blatantly told me that I was "low priority" based on a few questions she had asked me during the initial intake interview and didn't even take my suicidal ideation seriously. Terrible!
I was referred to Dr Mason after years of less than helpful treatment from GPs for my major depressive episodes. She told me one day I would stop cycling through these episodes but after ten long years of me relief even when medicated - to be honest I didn't really believe her. She was right and I was wrong. Thanks to Dr Mason I have been almost completely symptom free for ten years. It got to the point where I couldn't really remember what it was like to be depressed - a state I thought I would never achieve. Dr Mason has always been very honest with me even when I was sabotaging myself. She held my hand through a divorce, the suicide of my next love and the sudden death of a third. I would trust her with my life and yours. She is respectful, willing to be helpful, and more available in difficult times than any other doctor I have ever known (and I was raised by doctors). Dr Mason uses a style of psychiatry that is old school - you actually get to talk to her as opposed to conveyer belt drug therapy only which is all modern psychiatrist have time for these days in underfunded mental health care. She could rush you through, see more patients in less time and make more money - but she doesn't. She gives you time to actually discuss your concerns and actively involved you in your own care even in terms of how your meds are working (or not working) for you. Most importantly she gave me hope. Even after the loss of a marriage and the subsequent death of two spouses - I have hope, for myself, for the world and for you.
Dr Mason left me much worse-off than I had been before I was in her care. After hospitalization, a good psychologist referred me to this doctor who immediately diagnosed and medicated me for ADD. Pursued 2+ years of appointments hoping to learn life management/ coping strategies for consecutive major life events I had been facing. Ended the so-called therapy but not before Dr Mason (first) betrayed my trust during marital counseling, for which I later learned she had no credentials or training. I persevered with her because i was desperately distraught and confused. I finally ended sessions (however) only after I realized that (what amounted to) social visits continued only so Dr Mason could satiate her curiosity about my (somewhat well-known) family, who she ALSO had traipse in. I had thought to raise my concerns with the licensing body for her field, but know that people in this particular field can (of course) abuse a patient's trust with impunity; they can flutter their hand dismissively and waive complainants off citing their very own patient diagnosis as a person's cause to complain. A very discouraging field, and a very discouraging doctor, indeed.
Dr. Mason is wonderful. There is not enough posotive things I could say about her. She helped me through my addiction that brought me to near death and was at my hospital bed when I overdosed. She never judged me, only listened to me And encouraged me. She saved my life and always made herself available to me. We need more doctors like Dr. Mason around. Thank you Stephanie!
I have been a patient of Dr. Mason's for more than ten years and in that time, have found her to be the most compassionate, non-judgmental, professional I have had the priveledge of knowing. She has gone above and beyond to help me in my mental illness; things like filling out tedious forms, writing letters, referring me to specialists in other disciplines when my family doctor "couldn't" help, listening and guiding me along paths to better and stronger mental health. Dr. Mason does not confine her scope of care to one hour appointments. When I was in hospital for reasons unrelated to mental health, she visited and called regularly. I never felt alone. I know I can call her any time, night or day, and get the same calm, soothing voice at the other end of the line. She truly understands her discipline and puts that understanding to valuable use with her patients. Over the years, I have unfortunately had to access the services of numerous medical specialists and I can honestly say there have been none better than Dr. Stephanie Mason, regardless of specialty. She is the absolute best, and without her in my life, I'm not so sure I'd be alive.
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