Ratings for Dr. Robert Countess
One of the top two psychiatrists I've ever had. Empathetic, cultivated, seems to understand me, encouraging, positive, great sense of humour, not inclined to over-prescribe or attribute everything to meds vs. no meds (has understanding of family dynamics and psychological causation). Re: The comments some have made re: female & "go out there and get a job", I felt very encouraged by the fact he kinda dissuaded me from trying to fill out a Disability Form. A) They're super-onerous on everyone involved, including the doctors, that they were not really written *for* unfortunately (I know a bit about this -- they came down thru legislation, and there's a bit of a disconnect btw what public servants are looking for on the forms and how MD's are trained to talk about disease) ... Anyhow, B) the flipside of his reluctance was also a genuine sense that I was capable of working, and to not let my bipolar or the stigma or my own self-esteem ruin my chances at a happy & productive life. He quoted examples of people he'd known with my condition who held down long-term jobs and had stable lives ... His pep-talks were helpful to me, and I am truly grateful. Also, I just want to throw this in, about being "seen" clearly by him -- we talked philosophy and existentialism (if memory serves) -- there's a part about being "out there" that's just normal to him and part of being a thinking person. I appreciate that he recognizes against-the-grain thinkers himself, and hasn't -- like other psychs I've had the misfortune to meet -- chalked all of my mind up to my disease. Thank you, Dr. Countess.
Many people are saying that Rob doesn't bother to listen to his patients. I've heard from a lot of people, and can confirm this. One of the things you're really going to dislike about Robby is his ignorance. Can you imagine having a psychiatrist who doesn't even treat you like a human being? Isn't it nice to know that there are so many more competent doctors than Mr. Countess? Sooner or later, you'll want to find a new psychiatrist.
I saw Dr. Robert Countess when he was a resident at Victoria General Hospital in 2014. He was supervised by Dr. Sarah Pitcher. He seemed pleasant enough. I wished he had been more careful when writing his report about me as some of it were inaccurate. I was also prescribed Seroquel which is not suitable as I have hypothyroiditis. To this day, I continued to hallucinate.
Dr. Countess is an amazing Psychiatrist, the first one I have ever been to that didn't make me feel like I was seeing a Psychiatrist. He's very knowledgeable and easy to get along with. If you're struggling with any kind of anxiety, be it social or general he is among the best in the valley.
This doctor works out of the Comox Valley Mental Health & Substance Abuse office in Courtenay, B.C. although he also supposedly works at St. Joseph's hospital in Comox. The treatment that this doctor provides can only be described as shabby and misguided. His nauseous arrogance does nothing to cover an obvious incompetence to treat vulnerable female patients. In over 10 years of psychiatric treatment, I've never been asked if I've had abortions during an initial intake interview. The causal link between what happens in a women's uterus and what happens in a woman's mind is an archaic patriarchal delusion disseminated since Hippocrates. This nonsense has no place in modern day psychiatry. How this detritus ever managed to rise through the ranks of medicine without being properly educated is a travesty of untold proportions. He actually suggested that I default on my student loans because he felt I shouldn't bother trying to improve my circumstances through more education. He's a dangerous imbecile. Try to avoid if at all possible especially if you are female.
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