Delray Holistic Therapy

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17 reviews
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  • Katie C.

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    I did not hire David for hypnotherapy. He actually talked me out of hypnotherapy. With that said, I would like to explain my rating. I was seeking help with anger management. Throughout the course of our session he recommended that I focus on taking care of my anxiety and the anger should follow. This seemed logical to me. For an hour and a half he explained to me the evolution of people and stress levels, managed to mess up his interpretation of my medications *twice*, insulted my doctor about four times, discounted my anxiety diagnosis, and rambled on about how he  does his therapy and his qualifications. One of the reviews I read prior to calling him stated that he talked about his qualifications for almost the entire time. That was the only negative review I saw and I really didn't want to believe it. I should have listened. Somewhere in the hour and a half (which is $187.50) he talked, he told me the solution to my problems. A technique that he invented, that another therapist uses and doesn't ever give him credit for, but was invented by the ancient Indians hundreds of years ago. It's box breathing. I googled it and found literally *hundreds* of videos, pages, and testimonies about it. The videos were about 10 minutes in length. I've tried the exercise numerous times. It has helped but not to the extent that I needed. I just don't think that it should have taken him 90 minutes to tell me a technique he could have explained in 10. I am disappointed because I needed tools that I can use to manage my anger which comes out of nowhere and is zero to six million in a fraction of a second. I don't need something that I have to remember to do. I need tools to manage the fury when it raises it's head and I can't stop to think let alone control it. I am also disappointed that his "brief therapy" didn't work. I am also sorely disappointed that he took an anti-inflammatory drug for an anti-depressant and told me more than once that I am over medicated. He argued with me about what the drug was for. How can he say that I am over medicated when he was so wrong about the medications I'm actually on? To be fair, it hasn't yet been a week. I have done the breathing and I will continue to try it and keep an open mind. I will update this review if I feel it's necessary. I want to say that I don't feel like this was a good use of my time and especially my money. The last 15 to 30 minutes was an infomercial about how he would treat me with hypnotherapy for another issue I had written on the questionnaire. We spoke about sleeping and he spent at least 15 minutes talking about how we sleep and why we sleep and how melatonin (which I have used for *years* because I was on overnight shifts) doesn't work. It works. I told him this and he argued with me again. I don't feel like he heard me. I don't feel like he heard me when I said I need anger management. I don't feel like he wanted to hear me at all. I feel like he talked to me like I was a child. I told him I am in the medical field. I know a lot about medicine and human bodies. He didn't hear that at all. I didn't need him to tell me I was on the wrong medications, or that I was over medicated, or that my doctor gives me medications because he wants to get me out of his office. My doctor spent an hour with me talking about what's going on with me and he had a full house. He's amazing. I am going on and on because I am frustrated. $250 for a breathing technique and an infomercial about how he'd treat me with hypnotherapy. Not ok. I am not saying don't hire David. I am only giving an honest account of what went on and how I feel now. I am disappointed and I feel taken advantage of. In the future, I will not tolerate misuse of my time and payment for something I don't feel is going to work. I will work on recognizing these things sooner and not let myself be taken advantage of. If you are looking for anger management, go somewhere else. If you need help with anxiety and stress try the box breathing.

    Nov 19, 2017Verified
  • Loretta J.

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    No response from this therapist from phone and/or electronic communications

    Feb 7, 2017Verified
    Dr. David R.'s reply

    Hi Loretta, Yes, I am still in business. I have been out of the office far more than in lately, because my 96-year-old father has been in the ER then ICU. Anything could happen at any moment, and he's far from in the clear yet. I've had to cancel 7 appointments already. It's difficult enough to cancel appointments from a hospital (no computer, no cell phones in most critical care rooms, etc). At this most scary and difficult of times, I was hardly in a position to send quotes to potential 1st-time clients, because I still don't know exactly when I'll be free to be back in the office. If you thought, after such a short period of time, that I was no longer in business, then you could have called and left a voice message, or visited my website and sent me a secure message from there. I would have found a minute, at least to text you. Or, you could have simply concluded that I was out of business. How does that lead to a 1-star review? I sympathize with your frustration, but I ask that you think for a moment about how 1-star reviews are actually understood by the public. The impression is that you were my client at some point, and were very dissatisfied. We both know that's not the case. The problem with leaving a 1-star review of a professional whom you've never even met is that it will be interpreted as a negative evaluation of my services. If you believe that it's fair to review a therapist of whom you have never been a client, then that's your choice. If I went to a restaurant and found that I couldn't get in because I hadn't made a reservation, I would not leave a negative review of the restaurant on Yelp. If I went on a Sunday and saw they were closed, I would similarly not leave a negative review, because in both cases I would have zero knowledge of the quality of the food, service and atmosphere. Please reconsider and retract your review. I routinely exempt my clients from having to pay for no-shows in cases of medical emergency. It seems only fair that this work both ways. One cannot control or have a prepared plan for handling sudden medical emergencies, because we cannot predict how long they will last or what the outcome will be. I haven't even had a full 8 hours of sleep since I was rushed to the hospital directly from the office by my sister. I was so upset that I forgot to lock the office. Luckily, management was kind enough to lock it for me. Thanks, David

About this pro

1. No dredging up your past. No endless psychoanalysis. No blaming. No discussion of past mistakes. No endless search for underlying issues. No use of psycho-babble like ADHD, OCD, Bipolar, Co-dependent, etc. Sticking a label on someone has never once helped that person -- but it has quite often made things worse. 2. Expect success in 2 to 5 sessions. Occasionally just one. Never longer. It's all about solutions; all about the future, not the past. It's about what works and what is likely to work even better, not about all the things that didn't work. 3. My work is not about the lengthy and expensive search for profound insights. Expect effective solutions that begin to work immediately after your first visit, and make problems disappear very quickly and indefinitely, whether or not you or I fully understand their root causes. Perhaps that sounds odd, but I'll prove it works. When a therapist identifies his or her goal as "discovering underlying issues," be suspicious. Ask specifically how that will make problems go away. Understanding the roots of a problem is sometimes interesting and occasionally possible -- but therapeutically it is a huge waste of your time and money. Most of the time, talking or even thinking about unhappy memories actually gives them more power to hurt you, as your brain strengthen those memories each time you access them. Here's a good question to ask yourself. Which is more important: Spending months looking things that didn't work? Or easily allowing the problems simply vanish indefinitely, in 2 to 5 sessions, by creating solutions that wil work? There is rarely any doubt about my efficacy in helping people to find life solutions. I am not 100% successful, but every case presents another opportunity for me to learn something important, and I grow steadily more effective, even after 40 years. Unlike other therapists, who quote fees per hour but give you only 45 to 50 minutes, my clients get a minimum of 2 hours per session. That's because I never schedule appointments back-to-back. You may shed tears during a session, but no one leaves in that state of mind. I allow a session to go as long as necessary to ensure you leave smiling and hopeful. A bonus: no one ever has to wait when they arrive, I am always ready to see you the moment you arrive. These are just a few of the very significant differences between Delray Holistic Therapy and all the rest. These are just a few of the reasons for the extraordinary client loyalty I've proudly earned.

Years in business

40

Times hired on Thumbtack

51

Number of employees

2

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    Q & A

    • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
      If, after the first hour, you declare that it was a total waste of time, then there will be no charge. Not one penny. I know of no other therapists who offer such a guarantee or any other. I also help some desperate homeless families for free, every month.
    • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
      None. Every client is unique.
    • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
      I spend hours every week, reading a dozen professional journals in my field and related fields. I was trained at Cornell as a psychologist in 1979, before I returned to graduate school 25 years later to be trained as a specialist in couples and individuals therapy, so this came very naturally to me. I was then trained and Board Certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy, which is amazingly powerful when used in the right way and for the right reasons. Reading about the most current research in therapy & counseling is the only way to remain up-to-date with recent advancements worldwide. Nowhere in the world are there types of therapy newer than what I do now. It is a rare day when I don't learn something very important from my clients. I correspond with Master Therapists weekly, all over the world. Finally, I take Continuing Education courses every year, to ensure that my skills are sharp and up to date.

    Business hours

    Eastern Time Zone
    Sunday10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Monday10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Friday10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Coverage Area for Delray Holistic Therapy is about 30+ miles of West Palm Beach, FL.