The Jewish Voice
Upper West Side Shrink Gets Licensed Pulled Due to Bizarre Behavior
By Denis Cyr
June 17, 2020
In a story that seems like a plot of a comedy movie, a psychiatrist lost her license because of her own mental illness.
After a series of incredible complaints, an Upper West Side shrink by the name of Dr. Irene G. Gurvits has had her license revoked by the state, New York Post reported.
Complaints reportedly began eight years ago, and she has been called out for some pretty insane behavior.
Patients report that she smoked throughout sessions, was “constantly eating pretzels,” left her office door open during private sessions, talked to patients about her personal life and more.
One former patient told The Post that whenever he mentioned his social anxiety, the doctor would reply with “that’s bullsh*t” and “who cares?!”
Another former patient says Gurvits pressed him to help her with her insurance issues, and to help her mother shred documents.
Two other patients report that Gurvits refused to prescribe their medications until they “helped her move.”
Reviews from online services Google and Yelp from actual patients really make it clear, Dr. Gurvits needs to see a psychiatrist herself:
This woman should not have a license to practice medicine. She will tell you more about herself, and her trauma history, than talk about you. Go expecting to give therapy.”
“This doctor is JUST PLAIN NUTS! She told me that she’s actually a schizophrenic, then denied it, then told me it was true. She started calling me at midnight and asking what I was doing, then sent me bizarre emails talking about drugs that they’d fed her in the hospital to “shut her up.” Frankly, Dr. Gurvits is not just mean and crazy; she’s also dangerous and frightening.”
“Do not see this doctor she is incredibly rude and unprofessional. Her office is a dump, there’s no receptionist so good luck getting in touch with her, and she lost my medical chart. She also left the door wide open while seeing another patient, so I heard the whole session, including Dr. Gurvitz taking a personal phone call in the middle of it. The other patient walked out and verbatim said to me, ‘she is the WORST.’”
The Post also revealed at one point her own lawyer recommended she seek psychiatric help herself. Documents reveal that Gurvits was evaluated and diagnosed with major depressive disorder with psychotic features.
The Department of Health website states that “The Hearing Committee sustained the charges finding the physician guilty of committing professional misconduct by failing to comply with an order; practicing while impaired; having a psychiatric condition which impairs the ability to practice medicine; failing to produce records and failing to maintain accurate patient medical records’, I love UWS blog reported.