I was assigned Dr. Van Haren when I was a patient at Forest View for my eating disorder. He was always extremely cold and intimidating. I think it is helpful to be somewhat hard on patients but he truly scared me more than I already was being there. His nurse Erin and the rest of the ED staff were way more helpful
I was a patient assigned under Van Haren's care almost three years ago and am still working to overcome the trauma and emotional destruction I experienced. As an adolescent at the time of my inpatient treatment at Forest View, I felt viewed as a list of diagnoses and symptoms that needed to be fixed. He was rude, but that was far from the worst. I was taken in to treatment in part as an eating disorder patient. His response was, "You don't *look* like an eating disorder patient" (I was 5'5" and weighed roughly 135 lbs.) After my release to intensive outpatient, I came back one day to the routine weigh-ins and was told "You've gained weight since you went home, and that's not good."
His staff lied to me during intake about the expected length of my stay and I felt like he expected the worst from me.
Every so often I'm hit with the memories of my inpatient time and have to take a minute to remind myself that other people actually see me as a good person. Many of the staff members, especially my case manager, worked with me to counteract a lot of what he said.
I will never in good conscience be able to recommend his services, though my overall care at FVH was exceptional.
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