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Dawna Gutzmann, MD graduated from Medical School at the University of North Dakota. She completed her training in psychiatry at Northwestern University School of Medicine. Since finishing her formal training, she has continued to study a broad range of alternative treatments for mental health challenges. She has been in private practice for over 20 years. Payment is expected for appointments missed or cancelled with less than 24 hours notice. Completion of the ZocDoc registration form is required when scheduling your first appointment with Dr. Gutzmann.
Verified Patient Reviews
Dr. Dawna Gutzmann discouraged me so fully from seeking mental health treatment that after four years of trying to get help, I don't think I will ever step foot in the office of a psycho-professional again. As a disclaimer I have never in my life felt the need to rate or review anything online. I understand how a job can wear a person down, and I expect a job as a psycho-professional is particularly draining. THAT BEING SAID: I strongly and urgently advise anyone with any fragility to their state of mind, sense of hope or self worth NOT TO SEE DR. GUTZMANN. I could type out an essay on all the reasons why my visit with her had such a bleakly discouraging effect on me. Instead, for now, and for everyone's honest safety I will write you a list and hope you hear my warning. Dr. Dawna Gutzmann -spoke to me about her title as a 'psychiatrist who does psychotherapy for a small percentage of her appointments' as if I should have known better as someone who is NOT an MD in a psychological field and was unsure where to begin my mental health treatment -told me "no, that doesn't really make sense" when I was trying to explain my experience of depression -told me I had to fit into one of her categories like I was taking a multiple-choice test when I expressed I didn't feel particularly one thing or the other -explained to me, for about the last ten minutes of our time, how I was withdrawing from her questions and being difficult, insinuating I was the problem and that I was "doing therapy wrong." She was laughing while saying this. Laughing. When I told her that was what I was hearing from her, she lectured me on the semantics of my statement that it "wasn't actually therapy," but a "consultation." Dr. Dawna Gutzmann, if you ever read this, I'm sure you know exactly who I am and recall our appointment. If you ever read this, I STRONGLY recommend you take a break, a vacation, because as a woman with your educational background I am SURE you have better training than that. I am SURE I am not the first person to walk into your office with some issues and some confusion on what the right steps to solve them are. I am SURE you have more patience and basic human kindness in you than what you showed me. If you ever read this, hear me when I say that you just personally caused me to never ever seek professional mental health treatment and while I'm sure that was not your intention, that is what your impatience, or clumsiness, or tiredness, or jadedness or whatever it was, caused. You and I are both lucky that I am feeling stronger right now than I have in the past. If you are reading this, accept that our appointment caused me a lot of pain, accept this criticism even with the pain driving it, and DO BETTER, because nothing about that was okay. I feel violated, defeated, belittled. Do better.
I highly recommend Dr. Gutzmann. Great experience!
Dr Gutzmann was nice, didn’t seem to be too bothered by me being overly talkative, shared her honest opinion, and explained why she thought something would/wouldn’t work! I always appreciate understand why doctors do or don’t do something. It makes me trust them more.
Dr. Gutzmann was very thorough in her evaluation process and took the time out to get to know my mindset and answer all questions I had.
Dr. Gutzmann provided a very comprehensive evaluation of my needs as a client. I appreciated the attention to detail given by Dr. Gutzmann. Dr. Gutzmann is very knowledgeable and I like her treatment approach that is holistic.
I found Dr. Gutzmann to be a very compassionate, accepting and understanding doctor. She was extremely thorough and informative in our intake session and I felt as though she truly listened to what I had to say. I will definitely continue to see her.
Dr. Gutzmann is very kind, patient, and knowledgable, and has been very helpful since I first saw her 6 months ago. I would recommend her enthusiastically.
I highly recommend Dr. Gutzmann. She is patient and always explains question I may have. I never feel rushed.
Dr. Gutzmann was kind, courteous and professional. I enjoyed our first appointment and look forward to seeing her in the future.
I was very impressed with Dr. Dawna Gutzmann's professionalism, knowledge and her bedside manner.
Dr Gutzman has a nice office and there was no wait time. She was very professional, knowledgeable, and patient. She answered all of my questions and explained her reasoning. I would definitely recommend her!
Dr. Gutzmann was a great .!! This was my first appointment and she made me feel very comfortable. She was very professional and very attentive to my medical issues. I would highly recommend Dr. Gutzmann.!!
She was ready with no wait time as soon as I showed up. She also answered all my questions and worked with me towards a treatment plan
Dr. Gutzmann was great. She listened and was very attentive to my needs.
Very attentive and educative
She was very helpful and informative. I'm glad I made the appointment!
I appreciated that she was clear about what she could and could not do - areas of expertise and areas where she would be more likely to refer to another provider. She listened carefully and gave me the opportunity to have input into the treatment plan.
Dr. Gutzmann was not exactly helpful at all. I suffer from severe anxiety and she did nothing but make it worse in an hours time. She was not compassionate whatsoever and did not give me any sort of guidance. I actually left her office feeling so much worse than I did before I went in. I will never see her again, and I would definitely never reccomend her to someone who actually needed help.
She was very thorough which I liked, not like most psychiatrists that barely talk to you and just prescribe medicine and you are on your way in 10/15 minutes. She really cared and explained everything to me!
Dr.Gutzmann is curt and rude. I found my hour with her very unpleasant, she treated me like an idiot. What a waste of my time and co-pay.
I never write reviews, but after my first appointment I had to. Gutzmann is unlike any other psychiatrist. I highly recommend her. She cares about her patients, listens, and doesn't just care about filling out a prescription and immediately dismissing patients like 99% of psychiatrists do. The best experience I've had thus far.
Dr. Gutzmann was fantastic . She listened to my problems and started creating my treatment plan on the very first visit. I look forward to seeing her often.
Great doctor. Knowledgeable, patient, understanding, and compassionate.
Dr. Gutzmann was very patient, knowledgable and thorough. She answered all my questions (and I asked quite a few) and gave me detailed explanations of treatment options. She is attentive and professional.
I had never been to see a psychiatrist before. She made me feel comfortable and was very straight forward with me. She validated my feelings and I feel a lot better since I went.
Wonderful Doctor with a calm and understanding approach.
My first visit went fine. She scheduled me to come back two weeks later. Gave me her card with the date and time and everything. I show up she has no clue who I am. She never wrote it down in her schedule. She had told me I would be taking an ADHD test previously then told me No that has to be taken during the day. As she shuffled through her cabinets for her file on me (which she never found) she made the comment "sometimes I think I have ADD, forgetting to write this appointment down". How rude! How unprofessional to make a joke of one of the very things I am seeking Help for. I will never go back. Do you have any Idea the time and courage it takes to see a psychiatrists/therapist for Anxiety or ADD or anything.
I really liked meeting with Dr. Gutzmann. She listened well and helped me understand what might be going on. She was very professional, but not aloof. I found our time together very helpful.
I have been seeing Dr. Gutzmann for a little over two years now (didn't even realize it had been so long until I saw the first appointment on zocdoc!) and I highly recommend her. I meet with her every 3 or so months to check in and unlike some doctors I have experienced in this field, prior to developing a treatment plan, she takes the time to listen to me and hear out/discuss what is going on in my life and how I am feeling and then makes an action plan accordingly.
Really Liked Dr. Gutzmann, she was very thorough, professional, and made me feel extremely comfortable right away. She also didn't make me wait forever to be seen, which is awesome because you know how tough it can be parking downtown! 5 stars!!
The Dr. was very caring and concerned for my well being. For a first apt and impression I am so happy to have met her.
Dr. Gutzmann is always professional, caring and helpful. I value her integrative approach. Dr. Gutzmann is the only doctor who was able to prescribe a medication that helps me sleep without feeling overly sedated the next day. She has helped me to live a much more normal life.
She was very kind and professional.
Excellent patience, takes patient feedback into consideration.
never followed up, hard to reach
I was welcomed, and made very comfortable.
Easy to talk to, very insightful, easy to deal with
Dr. Guzmann is excellent. She really listens to you and understands you. She also explains things well and is very open to questions and concerns you may have.
I had a very nice visit. She is easy to talk with.
Dr. Dawna Gutzmann was very timely and professional. She was friendly and helpful, she really wanted to understand the issues I was experiencing presently. She anticipated my needs and was thorough, pleasant and always present during conversation. When I got off subject, she politely was able to redirect me to get me back on task. Dr. Gutzmann's intake questionnaire is very thought provoking. I can tell that she really enjoys her work, and that is sooo refreshing to see.
Dr. Dawna Gutzmann was very professional and insightful. I felt very comfortable with her. Dr. Gutzmann listened to me and gave me great feedback. I appreciated her honesty and treatment of my condition. I would highly recommend her. .
Dr. Gutzmann is very knowledgeable and offers a variety of treatment options along with their pros and cons so that you can work with her to determine the best option for you personally.
Dr. Gutzman is the only doctor who was able to help me sleep without prescribing something that's addictive such as anti-anxiety medicine. I wish I had seen her years ago!
She has a beautiful office. I did have some problems with the way things were done. The whole appointment only lasted 35 minute, she didn't ask nearly as many questions as I was expecting, seemed to be upset that I was asking questions and seemed to act like I was wasting her time.
It was really helpful
Great visit. Honored to get an appointment with her.
Very calm setting, very relaxed. She maintains a very professional approach but is also quite kind and respectful. I really appreciate how well she walks that line. Sometimes doctors are all business and there is no sense of personal interest or care for the patient.
Dr. Gutzmann is a terrific doctor. She is attentive and offers comprehensive solutions. I highly recommend Dawna.
Dr. Gutzmann seems to be a wonderful, knowledgable and caring doctor. She seems to have a laser like focus, and as your session progresses, she seems to be always thinking about your particular situation, in terms of the questions she asks and the answers you give. She listens very well. She "gets" the points you are trying to express. Although this was my first visit with her, I feel she is a very good doctor. She is very holistically oriented, which is a real gem to find in her field. She has expressed that she has a pretty tight schedule, so you probably need to be aware of that...not sure if she is taking new patients, but it can take a little time to get in to see her. It is worth the wait!
Easy to talk to and doesn't make you feel rushed, which I appreciated greatly.
I have only seen Dawna once so far but she made me feel comfortable, safe and in good hands. She was very empathetic and she had great insight on my current situation. I plan to continue to see her to see what she can do for me.
As a recent Michigan transplant I needed to find a new Doctor in Illinois. After researching Dr. Gutzmann online my interest was piqued by her holistic approach where medicine played a role, but was certainly not the only piece of the puzzle. I soon received an email with the initial paperwork. I have filled out paperwork like this more than a dozen times through a decade of consistent treatment and assessments so trust me when I say Dr. Gutzman's stands out above the others. I had never had entry paperwork that asked me about my goals, aspirations, fears, and spiritual experiences and beliefs. I was intrigued by these questions and who this Doctor was. The day came for me to finally meet Dr.Gutzmann. Her location is lovely, right across from Millennium Park on the 13 floor. I see a lot of commenters talk about the office environment. Once again I want to express that Dr. Gutzmann's office is different than the average duck. There is a cozy entry with four chairs and soft music playing. Dr. G's office is the only other room and it faces the lake and is drenched in sunshine (obviously this may be seasonal haha). Unlike the usual office desk between Dr. and patient scenario that has been my typical experience Dr. G has a couch you sit on whilst she sits in a chair across from you. It seems that listening and understanding is important to her and the seating arrangement reflects that. She is knowledgable, has a strong history here in Chicago, and feels like a friend. Did I mention that her initial assessment was less than you can find anywhere? That is really unheard of. She also didn't rush me to see her right away like I've had other doctors do.
Great doctor. I'm thankful to be placed with her.
Dr. Gutzmann is a fantastic doctor. I've always been a bit close minded to holistic methods, but Dr. Gutzmann did a great job of helping me overcome those biases while gently and, more importantly, rationally introducing me to her practice. After years of unproductive cognitive behavioral therapy, Dr. Gutzmann and Francine have given me so many effective tools to manage my depression--even after having been in Austin for a month I still use my heart lock in technique. After leaving Chicago I've tried so hard to find someone like her but, of course, there is no one like her. I honestly could not recommend her more.
I thought she was great! Really my appointment was simple - just moved here and need a refill for my meds - but she still was very thorough and not rushed at all. Very personable, calm, and was willing to talk to me in-depth about my medication. She helped give me deeper insight into the meds I've been taking over the past few years, which was very interesting and gracious of her.
She's as cold as ice. Bills for an hour, but uses 20-40 mins of that time. She just writes the script and evaluates how the drug works. Never mind your personal well being. I booked w her 2 other times not w zoodoc, but i stopped after that 3rd time. Whats a shame.
Very easy to talk to. Helped me with my problem on first visit.
She is very professional, very personable. I felt right at ease. Looking forward to meeting with her again.
Kept saying "oh ok" after everything I said. Had no care or compassion for what I had to say. Did not like her at all.
Very disappointing and first impression not therapeutic enough to talk with. I was told right away no schedule appointment,fully booked schedule.She was not nice to communicate with me,my feeling that she was in hurry to get my personal information.
She listened to me. I really needed a doctor who would listen.
I am very glad that I found her.
I highly recommend Dr. Gutzmann. She is very knowledgeable and helpful.
Asked all the write questions.
I think she is an excellent doctor and really listens.
My physician for the past 3 years recently moved to a new practice. I found Dr. Gutzmann on ZocDoc, met her for a new patient consultaiton today & had overall pleasant first experience. I look forward to working with her in the future.
Very accurate diagnosis and competent attitude.
I think she is very professional but can come off as pretty cold and unfriendly.
I have only seen Dr. Gutzmann once so far, but she seems very knowledgable, patient, and kind.
Not personable and just plain rude. Never experienced that before with any healthcare professional. Zero empathy and or compassion.
Dr. Gutzmann was very professional. She uses an integrative approach to psychiatry.