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Recent Counselor Reviews in Port Byron

  • A
    Scaturo, Janis l.
    My daughter continues to see her, and we're delighted to have Janis as another support for our daughter. About a month ago, I contacted Janis to explain a challenging situation with my daughter and received outstanding--and free--counsel in the process. Janis has 38+ years experience as a CSW and is just so wise in a common-sense kind of way. An added benefit is that it's very easy to schedule with her, unlike the counselor for our other daughter. Sadly (and understandably) Janis won't work with siblings. It's too confusing to keep things straight with different family members. Highly, highly recommended!
    - Fred K.
  • A
    J Alexander Davidson Esq
    Alex is an A++++ attorney. He has been with my family for over 12 years and we will continuously seek his legal counsel as our lives progress. Anyone would be lucky to have an attorney like him in their corner.
    - Sarah d.
  • A
    Bright Path Counseling Center
    The staff at Bright Path Counseling Center are very friendly and they have a wide range of treatment.
    - Veronica A.
  • A
    Jaffe, Dr. Janet E.
    She is very intelligent. She is down to earth. She is compassionate and professional. She is always on time.
    - Cindy S.
  • B
    Psychological Healthcare
    Denise is professional and helpful. I don't feel like we are a great fit and she does provide quality counseling on how to improve and grow. The sessions are only 45 minutes and I wish they were a full hour. The downtown Syracuse office is a bit run down and not particularly comfortable or relaxing. The music they play in the waiting room is often overly intense. I like classical but something but sedate would be nice. I love that they can sent you txt messages to remind you of appointments.
    - Jamie K.
  • D
    Confidential Counseling & Evaluation Services
    Their prior claims over the last year (at least) to offering "O.A.S.A.S. approved" services has turned out to be all-but completely BOGUS!  Beware.  Counselor lead "education" group sessions were being facilitated by a staff member who did NOT have either OASAS-certification NOR EVEN ANY professional counseling degree. Otherwise? Staff was quite amiable when they were interested, or found it in their interest to communicate accurately--if at all-- and they certainly have had their own eccentric ways of going about their business.  Their group counseling sessions have worked well enough for many thus far, especially if you happen to be the boisterous type and feel more at ease in an environment where swearing and vulgar subject-matter's not only allowed but encouraged; you'd get at least your fair share of 'air time'.  They have no psychiatrists or social workers on staff, and despite being misinformed their 'counselor' had an L.M.H.C. she did rather prove to apply no more practical 'sensitivity' than the vast majority of (L.)C.S.W.s without any remarkably better grasp on how people with certain mental/emotional health troubles may find themselves coping in the real world with their personal, psychological, and social problems-- as opposed to the obsolete standard of being 'social worked'? {'One size fits all'+'it's all in your head' 'mental disciplinarian' approach?} Only she was more subtle about it as she took her sweet time getting 'round to each person, given about half their clientele were supposedly 'recommended' mandatory minimum program attendance durations of at least TWICE as long as most other more prominent clinics in Onondaga county-- and their Administrative Director will brook no direct, pertinently specific questioning about it.  As a matter of fact, once you've signed their counseling contract you won't be burdened with any further client information paper-work whatsoever!  So no worries about keeping a folder full of boring 'psycho-babble' outlining what you're supposed to look+feel like when you ...eventually... 'graduate'.  But don't forget to bring your own refreshments for your last session send-off social which others are paying to attend so as to avoid being more obviously ignored otherwise.  & now enjoy your choice of featured films: " Silver Linings Playbook" / " Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs"--the group counselor has a terrible headache today from keeping track of all her ' gainfully employed', pathological lying!  =Oh, 'how am I doing'?  'Not bad for not good.'  How 'bout you dear fearless leader?  'Pretty good for incredibly bad' is it still?  ] = They're operating a 'CASH ONLY' mental-health advisory practice, however the out-of-pocket cost is fairly reasonable to anyone living considerably above the official 'poverty line' and may well be a great bargain to many compared to the more bureaucratically-entrenched service-providers to-which public health insurance segregates those of us who can't afford to feed ourselves properly --whell, because "You Just Haven't Earned it Yet, Baby".  They've recently had serious 'class'-scheduling obstacles limited to a one day a week, afternoon-evening hour they can barely manage at bare-bones staff over the last year. "Transcribed from a telephone interview" Angie's List service center; ( corrected--as usually necessary--by 'A-List' member)
    - Barbara C.
  • F
    Conifer Park
    Practice failed to deliver completed evaluation documentation in State-required time-frame of six months.  By the time it was finally produced and delivered it was already out-dated and effectively useless according to the government agencies which required it.  I was left no alternative but to have a lawyer send them a formal request of release of the documentation in order to obtain a copy for myself.  What's worse is the practitioner who'd performed the alleged 'service' had ZERO training in psychology, therefore only a 'casual acquaintance' with my particular, yet quite common psychological disability.  He'd also called me about a month after the appointment to [ mis]inform that "No further treatment is recommended, at this time."  Which as turns out, was NOT to say they weren't 'recommending' treatment according to the evaluation I eventually had to spend half a year attempting to wrest copy of from out of their office!  Only, literally, "not [that] time".  & that was all I knew of the matter, for HALF A YEAR.  I suppose Mr. Cotter thought he was doing me a favor by only giving me the supposed 'good news'--at all?  Which of course, only made other matters ridiculously more complicated for myself by the end of the year--including having to seek yet another evaluation elsewhere to satisfy the governmental programming obligation.    + who supposes they provided a professional referral to any qualified practitioners for the treatment I actually needed?  = Ha.    In short, I was defrauded by Conifer Park and should've reported the criminal INactivity to my health insurance company at very least. BEWARE: 'c.a.s.a.c.' certifications do NOT signify any psychological nor medical-doctoral education than you or I probably had in high school 'health class' of reasonable 'practitioner' substance.  { A 'casac' may not even possess any better education than a mere g.e.d. =NO 'higher education' whatsoever.}  It is a 'certification' conferred by a NY State government agency, which is NOT either the Dpt. of Health, nor the Education Dpt.  I.e. it is NOT an accredited college 'degree' of 'higher education' in health care!  & yet the state government insists on relying on these 'certificate'-holders to make 'official' determinations which seriously --if not overwhelmingly-- impact not only the lives of those they're ostensibly 'evaluating', but their loved-ones and families no less, at very least.  As such the entire state-sanctioned 'O.A.S.A.S.-certification' 'racket' should either be done away with or made directly subject to the State Education Department, as a matter of otherwise glaringly obvious, systemic civil rights abuses at this VERY late date.    Oh, but otherwise, of course, their counselor was quite 'friendly', if only that actually translated to any reasonable quality of 'health care', or that he, personally had any official decision-making authority of fair discretion as opposed to performing pre-mandated assessments by the numbers, based on grossly over-simplified 'official' questionnaires which could've been writ by a precocious 12-year-old. My 'evaluation'?  =yet another 'mental health factory' to steer clear of, if at all possible.
    - Barbara C.
  • F
    Koon, Jennifer L.M.S.W.
    [to be completed later] -probably about the dozenth health care provider listing I've contributed for this region at this point-- not counting other more basic service-provider businesses--whell, you're welcome too, C.NY!  Way to value those 'human resources', eh-wot?  X ]  " Where ever there is ingratitude and discourtesy, you may 'look forward' to... the usual, 'accustomed' abuses." This so-called 'mental' health professional could not have been much more unprofessionally 'unclear on the concept' of personal predicaments with typical symptomology and social/support services failures, discriminatory practices+abuses in general based on her pat, off the cuff, 'take charge' advisement responses; which seldom if ever missed-a-beat of either pausing to reflect upon what ever I'd said for myself, and certainly never offered anything of a basic interpersonal acknowledgement for how anyone could reasonably be expected to feel about the very personal, emotionally-charged nature of situations one's otherwise expected to 'open up' about.  What's more--i.e. LESS--she absolutely wasn't encouraging anyone either by her attitude nor-- heaven fore-fend, actually asking!  Clearly, yet another glaring instance of 'care' service personnel who desperately require 'sensitivity training', or at least better 'psych-screening' themselves before being considered for employment to any practice which genuinely 'cares' for its patients' rights. Suffice it to say, that 'community service' in particular was little better than yet another of several miserable cases of 'support group' 'deaf+dumb' leading the blind which are numerous in this region.  It appears that this appointed group leader, Ms. Koon suffers from 'depression' herself and yet makes no real, meaningful distinction between the 'clinical'/'Major' type and the 'common' variety, bafflingly enough.  =Unfortunately, not at all an unusual misconception among 'Social Worker'-degree holders and the college-programming which produces them, throughout the entire field of 'mental health', nation-wide.  & of course, that unkind of incompetence (if not 'diminished capacity') can ONLY present a program which fundamentally presumes 'guilt' of a failure in 'thinking' on the parts of all attendees, w/o necessarily any opportunity to 'disprove' the still+ever-popular 'mind over matter' 'cognitive' mental-approach theory; i.e. if one suffers, it must largely (if not solely) be attributable to one's own 'thought process' + ( supposedly, necessarily direct 'cause+effect') behavior, ...which irrefutably translates to: 'no one and nothing else in this world-round does any real 'treatable' harm to anyone.'   {NOPE, not even the disease you've been diagnosed with has THAT kind of power over ... 'The Will to Power'??  Whell, thank you again, Sigmund Freud, and just when we were ready to let you rest in peace in your certifiably antique grave.}  a.k.a. your classic 'blame the victim' mentality--only here we're supposedly being 'treated' for our severe psychological diseases as if we created our disability ourselves.  ( Personally, I'm not inclined toward taking the lion's share of credit for nature's own handiwork, 'in sickness' any more than good 'health'.  I leave that to those with the more serious psychosis + 'grandiose disillusionment' issues. ; )  My having also informed her up-front that I'd already had 'cognitive'-oriented therapy and benefited as much as possible from, didn't seem to phase nor 'plus' her in any marked way--I honestly don't think she even knew what I was talking about.  On the contrary, she could very easily have informed me in advance that such a 'thinking better to feel better' approach was all that was on offer and saved us both her own time-wasting discourtesies and uncalled for rudeness.  But of course they probably get reimbursements by the body-count, and there was, yet again, making someone else's day instead of having mine improved by any such elementary 'wisdom' proffered in the guise of genuinely compassionate 'support'. So if attending any 'd.i.y.' group sessions under her circus side-show tent especially, be prepared to 'stand and deliver' your own 'results' under 'friendly' instruction, but expect no quarter of genuine sympathy.  If you don't require 'the human touch' you'll probably be just fine!  Otherwise don't waste your time being duped by the standard-issue substitution of 'advisement' for actual 'care'.
    - Barbara C.
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