I've been struggling with what I believed were a multitude of mental-health related issues including opiate addiction, severe depression, extreme anxiety, chronic sleep deprivation, & ADHD for more than a decade. I've seen at least 20 different mental-health professionals and to the individual, not one of them ACTUALLY LISTENED to me. This probably seems cliche but the truth is I had completely lost all hope that I would ever find someone who could actually help me. It felt pointless. My wife found Dr Fernando online, made me an appointment, and begged me to go. I didn't want to because after 10+ years practically begging for help and never getting anything close to actual care, why would I want to? I knew I'd just be disappointed all over again. I went and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made and Dr Fernando has truly changed my life (if you see this Dr Fernando, THANK YOU!!).
For the first time I felt like I was speaking with someone who was actively LISTENING to what I had to say. Most mental health docs I've dealt with aren't really listening, they're just waiting for their turn to talk.
Dr Fernando listens to what I have to say. He asks relevant questions based on something I've actually said to him during the current or even a previous appointment. He remembers personal details about me, my family, or my work. He responds with empathy and compassion. I've never felt judged, rushed, or like he's not 100% present. Since I started treatment, everything has started turning in a positive direction for the first time in I don't even know how long. Things don't feel hopeless anymore. After my first visit, I cried while thanking my wife for finding the Psychiatric Wellness Center for me.
The staff is wonderful, polite, and responsive. The facility is great and super easy to find, and I can't say enough positive things about Dr Fernando.
Thank you. Y'all have helped me so very very much. My family and I are eternally grateful for y'all.