ED Magedson – Founder
Michael S. Burns There Is Hope Counseling Service Commack145 Commack Rd. Commack, New York United States of America
I started seeing Michael S. Burns of There Is Hope Counseling in the beginning of 2009 for depression and postpartum depression among many things. i was reffered to him through my insurance, Fidelis/medicaid, and also was in need of a doctors note for a pending dissability case. When i first met "dr." Burns i thought he was a bit eccentric, but harmless. My first session was mostly me telling him about my past, medical background, small talk. The second session i started to feel uncomfortable because mr.burns started going on and on about my weight ( im on the larger side since i just had a baby) and told me he was putting me on a diet...which i questioned since he was a THERPIST (or so i thought) NOT a dietition. My diet was as followed: 1500 points a day, i eat HALF of EVERYTHING and ANYTHING i eat is 100 points. EX: i eat half a cheese burger and the bun is 100, the cheese is 100, the meat is 100, the pickles are 100, etc. i thought this was absurd because OBVIOUSLY if you eat half a celery stalk and half a hotdog they arent equal in caloric measure! i then told him my problem with eating was mostly snacking, to which he pulled out a bottle of lemon juice from his cabinet and told me to drink lemon juice NON STOP and to eat whipcream all day, strait out of a can. THIS is when i started ( i know that sounds stupid but i was in a bad place) to susspect mr.burns was a complete NUT job.
The next session i came in and stated i was having a mental breakdown, and he told me i could get some nice clothes from macys. I stressed that i was having marital problems with my live in boyrfriend and he told me to dump him, and basically called my boyfriend a fairy. he also told me more about eating and weight which seemed to be his big topic, and told me some of his patients were over 300 lbs and MUCH bigger than me...i found it strange since your not supposed to talk about your patients with other patients. From the day i met him until my last session, i think there were 3 or 4 at most, i stressed to him that i NEEDED a notice of care for my dissability case to prove that i was actively seeking medical attention for an ongoing problem. he assured me we would talk about it next week and hed write a letter. HE NEVER DID.
The following week on my way to the appt, i left the house at 11:30 (my bf driving, baby in car) to make it to my noon appt, when i was halfway there (its about a 30 minute drive) i started having a terrible asthma attack. I used my albuteral inhaler but it was not working since i could not breath in fast enough, so i had to have my bf turn around and go all the way home to use my home nebulizer. It took some time to get me and the baby in the house, set up the nebulizer, take the treatment and recover and when i was feeling better it was nearly 3pm. I IMMEDIATELY called the dr ( i had previously thought my bf would do so sooner but he was more concerned with my health) and left a mesasage explaining what happened and to have someone call me back. I then tried to call almost every day that week because when i met mr.burns the first time, he assured me that if i EVER needed anything i just had to call his number and he always got back to paitents within an hour or 2 at most, and this was something that encouraged me to see him, because it sounded like he cared.
needless to say he never called back and when i finnally got his receptionist on the phone she was the rudest you know what i ever spoke to via telephone. she basically said i owed $90 for the visit no matter WHAT happened and swore i never called. i said i could get my phone records and PROVE i called, and she said if i did theyd wave the fee. She told me to get the phone records and fax them, and i said i would asap. i explained that it would take a while to get the records since i had to wait for the end of the billing period and she said whatever. i asked to speak directly to the doctor and she gave me such a hard time. i called mr.burns on his cell or the number the receptionist gave me and he basically said he doesnt care what happened i owe for the visit, and since i was a no show (his fave name for me) he didnt even want to see me anymore. I asked if i could at LEAST get the letter because the court case was that week ( i lost!) and he said that not only did he never say hed write a letter, but he wouldnt ever write a letter for free, id have to pay him. i was appauled and called back the receptionist to cancel all my appts and tell her id never be back.
i got the phone records and was going to fax it so i called up and asked the receptionist what the fax number was. she told me she couldnt give it to the public, and im not even a patient. i told her she said i could fax it, and she said something and cursed under her breathe and hung up! I had my mother call several times and she snapped at her too and hung on on her as well. I then got a court summons in the mail, he was sueing me for the visit cost AND court costs. I mailed the phone records with a note pleeding that i was unemployed and broke and rainsing a child and to please wave the fee. No luck. When i got to small claims court it was a 9am call and mr.burns showed up at 10:15. He was irratick and furious and screaming at the judge. He brought up things i had discussed in session and tried to use them against me. he said i never called, i showed them the phone records. He said i didnt have asthma, showed them a doctors note. He said i was just trying to get notes from doctors to live of the government and that even if i had a medical emergency he didnt care and i should pay in full.
The judge tore him apart and needless to say he stormed out and weeks later i got the papers that said i had won! i was so happy to be done with everything and was still too scared to get a new therapist. A few weeks ago, i got a letter of appeal in the mail stating hes appealing and still taking me to court next tuesday, the 9th of october 2009. i found this site with the other report on this quack and was hoping to find othere out there to help me make a case against him and STOP him from praying on innocent people in bad situations. This man prays on the weak and the vulnerable and is sick. He is a miser and total pig and needs to be STOPPED. IF you have had a simliar story in regards to mr.burns, contact me. Your NOT alone!
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