Ratings for Dr. Sharon H. Press
Dr. Press was right on and gave me incredible help at a time I needed to resolve a serious problem. She was exceptionally knowledgeable, but what impressed me more was how well she listened and understood. I was also grateful Dr. Press was cautions and clear i.e. ruling our physical problems for my feelings, and the need to be direct and honest with her, in order for her to help.
My rating of Dr. Press is exceptional. I found her through recommendations from friends in Princeton, who stated that Dr. Press is the best child psychologist in Princeton. I had an emergency with my daughter. She called me right away and made herself available at her office at 8 pm that evening to assess my daughter. She was the only therapist that my daughter has ever openly engaged with. I felt she was direct, honest and very invested in helping my child. I cannot say enough about how great my experience was with her or the results that we achieved working in therapy with Dr. Press.
While Dr. Press will tell you she is the best in her field, knows the most about ADD, knows the most about bipolar, etc. the truth is Dr. Press is the only one who believes these things. She is out for the money only. She doesn't take insurance because it's all about the money. She won't allow cancellations even when a patient is hospitalized because it's all about the money. I saw her a couple of times only--thank goodness I went with my instincts and didn't go back.
Dr. Press was my sister's therapist. My sister was referred to Dr. Press after having emotional difficulties, which included self-harming behaviors, during her freshman year in college. Not only did Dr. Press fail to recognize that my sister was suicidal and severely addicted to alcohol, she brought my entire family in for one single family session, which culminated in her claim that my parents were dismissive and I was manipulative, vindictive, and trying to ruin my sister's life. We only spoke with her during a single 50 minute family session and had no direct contact with her afterward. Instead of addressing my sister's actual issues, Dr. Press spent her time blaming everything on my family. During her time in Dr. Press's care, my sister attempted suicide twice, eventually landing herself in a residential facility where she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, depression, and alcoholism, none of which were even suggested as possible diagnoses by Dr. Press. Awful.
I highly recommend her. She is incredibly smart, with a memory like a steel trap. This comes in handy when I can't remember names, dates, or events. It was terrible reading some of the other patient's comments. She is very caring and compassionate and has shown that she truly cares for our well being.
After about a year of leaving Dr. Press's office feeling terrible about myself, I have moved on and found another therapist. My current therapist is wonderful, compassionate, empathetic and helpful. I made virtually no progress with Dr. Press. She spent most of our sessions talking about herself, her children, her interior decorator, etc. When we did get around to me, she was just plain arrogant in her "I know what is best for everyone" attitude. I do believe she has a lot of knowledge about ADD, she is unable to apply that knowledge because she is too critical of all parents. Scheduling is difficult with this therapist.
Im sure most of these comments are from parents, but im not a parent im acually a kid who used to see Dr. Press. I think i was 6-9 when I saw her and I think she had the opposite effect of helping me. I personally don't remember her personality but I defiantly remember her telling my Mom things about me to make my Mom worry a lot. I also remember taking many medications for various reasons which i personally didn't feel helped me. Im trying not to make this too personal. but if you have a child who you don't want to be socially deprived, I don't recommend her.
I agree that she is very arrogant, pompous, and is definitely out for the money. She does at times make you feel like you are not a good parent. She is knowledgeable on childhood disorders but needs better bedside manners. We also left her to find a more caring compassionate doctor.
I agree that Sharon Press was extremely arrogant at times. While she knows her field and is knowledgeable about childhood bipolar disorder and other diagnoses, she tends to be very domineering and makes you feel like an inadequate parent. I know several people with similar opinions, all of whom, including me, stopped working with her because she made us feel like failures as parents.
She is very knowledgable on Childhood BP and thinks out of the box to help your child. However, her social skills are not the best; she can be very empathic at times and other times she can be arrogent and controlling. She is not flexible on appt time...you have to fit her schedule. If you can tolerate that, then she will do wonders for you child.
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