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    Psychiatric & Family Services
    During the first session, Dr. Donley was gentle and humble; however, he was also rigid and closed-minded. For instance, if he hadn't heard of it, then it didn't exist. He stated he was just a general psychiatrist and didn't think he could help me. My condition is common and treatable by a solid psychiatrist, and honestly, it was a let-down to hear Dr. Donley say he would be unable to attempt to find a more effective treatment for me. At the same time, I did respect Dr. Donley for acknowledging when a condition was beyond his abilities.
    It was certainly surprising, however - Dr. Donley has been practicing for ~40 years, and he's the namesake of the psychiatric group's office. He's also a member of the Kansas Psychiatric Society (a state branch of the American Psychiatric Association). I expected more.
    I was surprised when he asked me to schedule in a month to come see him again. He said he would like to try a specific type of psychotherapy next time and that I should book a full hour with him. I was encouraged. I'm open-minded when it comes to treatment - whether it's psychotherapy or medication - and I put in the work that's asked of me. I'm genuinely committed to living a higher quality of life.
    The second appointment went poorly. Dr. Donley had seemingly forgotten about the psychotherapy method we were going to try (meanwhile, I had done "homework" on it and was looking forward to trying it). Then, the session digressed. The tone remained cordial and polite, but I've learned from previous experience that it's important to respectfully be your own advocate.
    Dr. Donley made declarative, but outdated, statements about treatment options and ideas I was trying to discuss with him, and he did so in a way that cut down my efforts to collaborate with him and find answers. I bashfully tried to clarify my confusion. Dr. Donley did not take this well. I noticed he was flustered and containing himself. Shortly thereafter, he ended our appointment 10-15 minutes early.
    Otherwise, there were a few other things I noticed during my brief experience:
    1.) Dr. Donley came across as highly averse to medication treatments. While I'm open to both psychotherapy and medication treatments, I consider Dr. Donley's approach to be agenda-driven, rather than necessarily in the patient's best health interests.
    2.) Dr. Donley seems to prefer more of a gentle authoritarian approach, rather than a genuinely collaborative approach. His approach made me uncomfortable and also precluded the potential for successful treatment.
    3.) Dr. Donley, unfortunately and surprisingly, demonstrated a stigma towards my condition. I never asked for a prescription from him, yet he made comments and had an attitude that made me feel like a druggie for even having my condition and coming to him for treatment.
    Per another reviewer here, I wish I'd had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Scott Jones, D.O. after it became evident that I'd no longer be seeing Dr. Donley. I'd been 50/50 between Dr. Donley and Dr. Jones in the beginning, which is frustrating in hindsight. Oh well.
    - Theodore O.
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    Ku Medical Center
    - Ron B.
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