Melanie C. Geyer, LCSW

Name:Melanie C. Geyer
Specialty:Social Worker—Clinical
Review:1 client review
Location:4740 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-769-0205

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1 client review of Melanie C. Geyer scored 1 out of 5.

Not amused. Not impressed.
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by chrisduggins, Jan. 25, 2012

I have to admit I was at first at ease with Melanie.
She is more timid looking and soft-spoken that the majority of Therapists I have had.
Over time, I noticed slight changes in our meetings, and eventually I had to leave due to her persistence that victims of abuse are responsible and guilty for their abuse.
In short:
An unapologetic labeler. She manipulates clients into trusting her, and has a strong "blame the victim" repertoire, while at the same time projecting and exaggerating faults of abuse victims.
Wrote a book called "Human Boundaries and Personal Abuse: A Christian Perspective on Personal Boundaries, Boundary Violations and Abuse" which lends credence to the belief abuse happens solely to "guilty people".
At first I thought I was getting better, but eventually I was told labeling myself was very important, and that learning how those labels define my limitations were central to my understanding "my place".
It was rather dehumanizing.
Eventually, when confronted about the inconsistencies of my Diagnosis, she at first admitted them & apologized, but then later played guilt ridden and eventually used the sympathy to defended them, and even tried t encourage me to come to the defend the diagnosis as well.
Over all, I give her a zero, because all of her attempts at trying to help were really set-ups to place blame, and attack her clients, to selfishly reinforce her personal beliefs/faith within her personal life.
All attempts to discuss this behavior so far have been blocked by her current employer, Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)

* this reviewer has be with this therapist for 1 - 3 years
* this reviewer had 6 - 10 therapists before.
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