Dr. Mazer is one of the finest psychiatrist we have encountered, and we fully believe that he is responsible for saving the lives of both of our sons. He is caring, creative, and while to some unconventional, it is this, which makes him effective. Other psychiatrists we have seen simply prescribe medications and spent a minimal amount of time actually talking to either of our sons or to us. In addition, the other psychiatrists we have seen were not able to fully address the complex range of conditions that our older son, in particular, faced. Dr. Mazer, on the other hand, brings a unique combination of medical and pharmacological expertise with the ability to counsel – and he also brings tremendous empathy, humor, and sensitivity, which renders him all the more effective.
Parents of two sons with ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, OCD and Major Depression
I give my wholehearted support to Dr. Mazer for his tremendous skill and dedication as a physician and therapist. My teenage son has Asperger Syndrome. Dr Mazer established a trusting relationship with my son and has helped him to discover his strengths, self-esteem, and values. Dr. Mazer is unique because he understands, and cares about, adolescents who have Asperger Syndrome. No other health care provider has been able to help my son accept and appreciate himself the was Dr. Mazer has. Others approach my son as if there are deficits to fix. Dr. Mazer celebrates the difference and sees them as strengths to build on. I am eternally grateful to Dr. Mazer for the therapy he gives my son and for the way my son has blossomed under his care. We are fortunate to be working with him.
Mother of a son with Asperger Syndrome
My son has severe autism and takes numerous medications to control seizures and various behaviors. I was referred to Dr. Mazer by The Wellness Project through Alpha Resource Center for an evaluation on my sons medication. Dr. Mazer was very helpful in evaluating his needs and working with multiple physicians in finding the best treatment for my son. Dr. Mazer has always been very patient, attentive, and responsive to my son and myself. Dr. Mazer has a unique ability to not just treat symptoms, but to evaluate his patients as individuals, with individual needs, as well as strengths. My profession has brought me into contact with many mental health professionals and physicians and few are as thorough as Dr. Mazer. He goes that extra step with his patients and takes the extra time and energy. He always addresses any concerns and patiently answers all my questions. I am grateful that he has been involved in my child’s care.
Mother of a son with autism
Since my son moved to Santa Barbara, California last year to attend school he has been under Dr. Mazer’s care. My son has had social anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and depression for several years. Our entire family have been deeply impressed with the care, empathy, and professionalism of Dr. Mazer. My son was particularly impressed with the genuine concern and compassion he evinced during treatment sessions. Dr. Mazer is someone who goes the extra mile and is willing to adapt to his patients’ unique needs. Our past experience with our son’s previous psychiatrists initially made us skeptical. We have found psychiatrists to be cold, impatient and distracted. We were delightfully surprised when we met Dr. Mazer, he was a breath of fresh air. He is someone who genuinely cares about the lives of his patients. We hold him in the highest possible regard. Thank you.
Parents of UCSB student
My 15-year-old son has been seeing Dr. Mazer as his psychiatrist for over two years now. I cannot begin to express how fortunate I feel to have found Dr. Mazer. Prior to starting with Dr. Mazer my son had seen four other psychiatrists. He did not feel a connection with any of them. Dr. Mazer on the other hand was able to reach my son right away, and seemed to truly understand his struggles from the start. It has been his thoughtfulness, and open mindedness throughout my sons treatment that has made all the difference. In fact, my son has to select someone to speak on his behalf at his graduation from middle school, and he chose Dr. Mazer. Not only did he accept the invitation to speak, he was instrumental in making that moment one of my sons greatest accomplishments. Dr. Mazer has a holistic approach in the care of his patients, and is unlike any other health care provider I have known. Today my son has a stable mood, his ADD is under control, and he continues to make progress in his life daily.
Mother of son with ADHD and Mood Disorder
The reason we were so fortunate to become patients of Dr. Mazer was because we were having a family crisis and I called a long time friend asking for a referral to a psychiatrist. She told me about Dr. Mazer, and although he was not accepting new patients at the time, he said he would be willing to take on our family situation. Well, not only was he willing, but he called that night and we met with him the following day. What doctor does that nowadays? He deeply cared about our situation and helped us tremendously to a successful outcome. We are forever grateful for his compassion and wisdom.
Family experiencing relational problems
I have a 39 year history of chronic and frequent migraine headaches and related temporal and facial sinus pain, along with accompanying major depression. Over this period of time I have seen well over 50 doctors, including 7 neurologists, 4 different psychiatrists, and 3 specialty headache clinics. In all the cases my relief has been limited and temporary. I have been seeing Dr. Mazer now for over 4 years, with my initial hope being only to learn how to cope, rather than curing, my lifelong disorder. Dr. Mazer has been very successful in helping me, not only in coping with these problems, but in reducing a great deal of pain, and the frequency of my migraine headaches, and lessening the severity of my depression. The genuine nature of Dr. Mazer’s compassion and enthusiastic interest in my improvement have been singular. His focus on me and my treatment is not limited to the duration of my quarterly appointments. He often has done research relevant to my case, or inadvertently come across information pertinent to me and passed it along. As a result of the consistency of the unique qualities of Dr. Mazer, I have yet to leave an appointment without a more optimistic outlook than when I arrived. I am very grateful for my association with Dr. Mazer.
Patient with chronic migraine headaches
Two years ago my son was depressed and in danger of hurting himself and our daughter. The only option our insurance was offering was a doctor outside the area, who did not have an opening for over a month. Dr. Mazer accepted us as patients and scheduled an immediate family crisis session. We are now a thriving family who enjoy being around one another and the combination of medications and psychotherapy has worked miracles for our family. In the past, we had experienced very dry, uncaring, and arrogant doctors whose approach made it difficult to open up and receive help. Within a minute of our family meeting Dr. Mazer we knew instantly that he was the doctor for us. His psychological insight and brilliant way of moving a conversation into a creative and fun solution that works is absolutely unmatched.
Mother of son with clinical depression
When we first came to see Dr. Mazer both my husband and I had reached the limits of our parenting strategies and needed professional guidance in understanding and supporting our children. From the beginning we found Dr. Mazer’s temperment, communication style, and deportment with my children to be exemplary at all times. In the challenging situation of eliciting information from my then 11- year old daughter, Dr. Mazer wisely began by simply getting to know her, discovering her interests and talents, and using them as an avenue to build trust and communication.
Dr. Mazer’s commitment to the well-being of my family has also extended to supporting me in the relationship with the school teachers and administrators. He has written letters of support and recommendations for ongoing intervention, has attended school conferences and IEP meetings. In addition he has made himself available by phone and email to discuss my daughters needs in her school setting. We deeply appreciate the experience and professionalism Dr. Mazer brings to the theraputic relationship.
Mother of daughter with learning disabilities