I don't write reviews, but I was looking up Dr. Riabova's phone number and saw the one bad review she has. I would like to offer a counter perspective. Dr. Riabova respects my ability to self-assess. Some other psychiatrists either won't prescribe, or push too many meds, and sometimes discount my opinion because of my mental disorder. In contrast, Dr. Riabova doesn't seem to patronize me, and she believed me when I said that the listed dose is not right for me. At the first appt., she did get a detailed history. I dislike that, too, but it's part of her job. Her questions weren't more intrusive than any other psych's. She realized my blood levels need checked because of my meds--she didn't need to be reminded. She responds quickly if you contact her between appointments. She seems to be competent and is quite adequate for my needs.
Posted: 12/17/2010 • Link to this review
Words fail me, but I'll try. A consummate manipulator who got real nasty real fast when I asked her to lay the cards of the table. She lost all professionalism and lashed out in at me for "trying to dominate the conversation." Because I asked a question? I had told her at the start that I was there for medication management only. In practically no time she imposed her own agenda, demanding a detailed bio with, of course, heavy emphasis on my childhood. She had a couch. I'm surprised she didn't tell me to lie on it. And I do mean tell. Riabova doesn't ask. This interrogation might have been at least tolerable had shown any respect for me or concern for my welfare. She did not. Her demands for the most intimate details of my life were coupled with a contempt she didn't bother to conceal. She interrupted constantly; when I asked her to stop, she told me that I needed to be interrupted. She told me she would continue to force me to make monthly visits against my will until I met her "standards." One of these was the formation of a "therapeutic alliance." Evidently coercion is the way to a patient's heart. I also noticed a couple more things; the more upset and agitated I became, the more she she seemed to light up. Then there was the Smile, which often turned into something else: a self-satisfied smirk. While Ribakova smirks, I struggle to get the toxins out of my system. Why are people like this allowed to practice?
Posted: 3/19/2009 • Link to this review