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Dr. Robert Reff, MD

Psychiatrist

Professional statement

I work with individual adult outpatients for the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, and other mood disorders utilizing individual psychotherapy and medication management as appropriate. Over the more than two decades that I have been in practice, the field of psychiatry has undergone dramatic changes. We now have available many medications that have significantly and substantially improved the quality of life and long term functioning of numerous people. A number of psychiatrists only see their patients for brief medication management visits on a reasonably infrequent basis. This is not a model of treatment that I employ or am comfortable with. I was trained in a strongly psychotherapeutically oriented program. I am also well versed and skilled in the complex practice of psychopharmacology. It is my practice to individualize treatment plans based on each person's unique needs. I am comfortable collaborating with psychotherapists and other treatment providers when appropriate. I do, however, also see patients for individual psychotherapy with or without the concomitant use of medications. My "pager" is my cell phone which permits patients to have easy access to me in the event of any problem.

Specialties

  • Psychiatrist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Board certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Education and training

  • Medical School - Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Doctor of Medicine
  • Northwestern University, Fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
  • Northwestern University, Residency in Psychiatry

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Illinois Psychiatric Society

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1952357766

Office locations

Robert Reff, MD

233 East Erie St, Suite 609

Chicago, IL 60611

Robert Reff, MD

1101 E. Glendale Blvd., Suite 109

Valparaiso, IN 46383

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Best psychiatrist in the Chicagoland/ Northwest Indiana area.
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This wonderful, kind and caring Doctor saved my life. I lost my zest for living but after seeing him the very first time, I knew he could help me. He is a gifted doctor and really listens to you. It isnice to know that someone does care and will help you get back on your feet. Awesome human being.
Less than 3 months ago
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Dr. Reff is in tune with you and is able to see and understand your needs even when you don't say so. Truly a gift!
Less than 6 months ago
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I was very pleased overall with my appointment with Dr. Reff. I truly know he took the time to actually listen to me and properly diagnose me unlike my previous psychiatrist. The office was calming and inviting also which really helpedme open up and talk freely. Very glad that he was recommended to me and that I made the appointment.
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Dr. Reff is one of most professional-caring and compassionate doctors that I have ever met. He truly listens and cares about his patients. I would highly recommend Dr. Reff to anyone who needs his help.
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Tommy H Only the best '
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Dr. Reff is insightful, observant, recognizes your needs when you may not. He is well educated and perceptive. Kind, compassionate, professional and incredibly well rounded. He is able to explain things and helps you to view events from a different viewpoint which I find so helpful!
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Outstanding Doctor and wonderful human being.
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I always come away at the very least with a plan for feeling better, but most often I exit feeling better about myself. The good Dr. Reff generally listens while I figure things out aloud. I also receive input and oradvice on all that troubles me. This is what works for me. I can’t speak for other methods used. Dr. Reff often remembers more than I do about previous sessions. This alone speaks volumes about Dr. Reff’s ability to care for his patience.
Less than 1 year ago
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I always appreciate scene Dr ruff
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Doctor R Really does help me stay alive ...
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Very straight forward and upfront about treatment strategy. East to speak with.
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Kind, compassionate, has a sense of humor, empathetic, really listens to what you have to say, a wonderful human being and an awesome doctor. Simple the best.
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Dr Reff is, in addition to being an excellent straightforward psychiatrist when it comes to diagnoses and medication management, a really helpful life coach insofar as this can bear on mental health. Great combination of skills.
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Dr. Reff really listens and understands your specific needs. Not only are the talking sessions helpful, but he is knowledgeable with medications that have allowed me to function and live a normal life.
More than 1 year ago
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He takes time to listen, very professional and also has a sense of humor which I really like! Helped so much with my problems,
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Very patient, and understanding. It's great that he just didn't standardize something, he understands the nature of the problem and listened to everything i had to say.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Reff is the kindest person I have ever met. He goes out of his way to help you when you need it no matter what time of the day it it. He really understands a person's pain that they aregoing through. He is so in the right profession and I am so lucky to have found him. He called me back when other Psychiatrist's offices would not. That is the kind of doctor he is. He is just awesome. I can't say enough good things about him. He has helped me tremendously and I am so thankful.
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He's an extremely thoughtful, compassionate, flexible clinician. He really works with the goals I have for my life, my health, and my personality, and he works so thoughtfully with my comfort level - he talks through options and consequenceswith me and lets me decide how I want to balance the pros and cons of everything we choose.
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The good doctor has a keen memory of our interactions & seems to genuinely care about the milestones made.
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Dr. Reff is not only brilliant with taking the time to properly diagnose and prescribe the right pharmaceuticals, he is also empathic and insightful discussing all issues in our lives. I saw him over twenty years ago and after several movesand different doctors, began seeing him again just over a year ago. After years of searching for the correct diagnosis and trying all kinds of medications he made the right diagnosis and prescribed successful meds. My life would have been completely different if I had not relocated several times. His diagnosis has been life changing. Dr. Reff also responds to calls immediately. Unlike many psychiatrists, he does not just prescribe. The combination of talk therapy with medications or without, ensure the right diagnosis and help with life's problems.
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I've been seeing several doctors for the past year now, and Dr reff is by far the best Dr I've ever seen in my life. He's extremely intelligent and has an amazing personality. He's also very street smart in a sense.Very willing to work with the patient. Absolutely love Dr reff and highly recommend him to anyone that is in need of a good Dr to talk to.
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Dr. Reff is great! He is very compassionate when it comes to his patients and he listens. Those are two qualities that are very important to me. I would highly recommend him.
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Appointments get better and better. Dr. Reff is the Rembrandt of Psychiatrists.
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The Dr. Analyzes With me the effects of thing I do. He lets me figure things out and when I'm uncertain he steps in with good advice. A regular Joe kinda doc.
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Dr. Reff is the kindest doctor I have ever been to. He goes out of his way to make sure he answers emails and phone calls in a timely manner. I cannot say enough good things about him. He truly hasa God given gift for being a doctor and it shows in the way he treats his patients. He is simply superb.
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The good dr. Addresses all my concerns with insightful feedback. Dr. Reff uses patient portal, which is a great tool enabling one to reach the doc at his and your convenience.
More than 1 year ago
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The untold want by like and land ne'er granted Now Voyager sail thou forth, to seek and find.
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dr reff is very understanding to my needs and concerns..a great doctor to talk to.
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Outstanding - cutting edge and on top of his game.
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Dr.Reff is great! It took me a minute to get used to him, but now that I kniw him, he's a great doctor and I would recommend him to anyone I know who would need a Dr. of his stature.
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I always leave there with a positive outlook
More than 1 year ago
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Simply the best!
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Dr Reff is a great psychiatrist, by my lights as good as any I have ever seen. Wonderful manner, excellent prescriber. Obviously knowledgeable. I'd recommend him instantly to anyone seeking services in Northern Indiana.
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dr reff is a great doctor who listerns to my needs
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Dr Reff is very much like my former psychiatrist in D.C., Dr Robert Costell. Both men convey genuine interest in the well-being of their patients, and both exhibit superior clinical skills. Dr Reff strikes me as being a gold mine forIndiana--I would have expected to find him in New York or D.C. He's a downright humanistic doctor. 5 stars all around.
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Dr. Reff Is a kind and caring individual. He is a wonderful doctor and he pulled me back from the brink of despair. I will always be grateful to him and can never thank him enough. He is an awesome doctor and I highly recommend him.
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Helped me stay alive..really
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Horrible. I never want this person again. I was emotionally and psychologically abused. I never booked a follow-up after canceling, and somehow was booked again by him for a different time, just by him alone.
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I like dr reff. a good guy who listens to me
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Really helpful both as a prescriber and as a talk-therapist.
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The best !
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Dr. Robert Reff was highly recommended to me by a pain psychologist I see who had worked with him for several years at a prestigious University hospital in the Chicago area. I have found him to be enormously talented not onlyin his specialty but also in the wide field of human medicine he does not seem to have forgotten any of what he has learned over the course of his career. During our half hour sessions he is always ready to address my needs with the focused clarity of a true professional and zeroes in on any new concerns I may bring to him in a startlingly expeditious manner as if he could read my mind. He is a gifted, normal and happy person that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone needing the very highest level of medical care. I am honored to have this opportunity to place a little spotlight on a man who is what most of the very best of us aspire to be during the short span of our lifetimes. Sincerely, Gary R.
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Excellent visit. Up to date on meds and first rate feedback on my experiences and plans.
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He's always a pleasure to visit. I always feel as if I have been treated right when I see Dr. Reff.
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I was skeptical about ZocDoc after reading all of the accusations of "fake reviews," but kept the appointment anyway. Dr. Reff was, in fact, a real doctor, with a real office. He seemed very professional, organized, and web savvy (for the50+ age group). He listened very well, and his mellow, non-threatening demeanor made it easy to talk. He did not seem at all judgmental, and was happy to collaborate on my care. I left very relieved and optimistic.
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Dr. Reff is a down to earth, yet professional medical person who gives you many options to contact him. He is aways looking for ways to save money on medications and is helpful with insurance issues.
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Exceptionally good appointment, Received great feedback on planning my trip to England for the upcoming academic year. Med management was precise and consistent. One gets the feeling from Dr Reff that he genuinely cares about you as a human being.
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Dr. Reff is equal in excellence to my physician in Washington DC Dr Ronald Costell. Both of them are among the finest doctors I have ever seen. Both men are personable, extremely knowledgeable about medicines and therapeutic approaches, andgenuinely concerned for my well-being. I'm lucky to have Dr. Reff as a psychiatrist.
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I find him totally empathetic, arrogant, and unwilling to engage or consider things from my values. He suggested that I should not concern myself with the feelings of other people in my life and is the most unpalatable mix between ChristopherHitchens and Ayn Rand. He should not be a therapist. He is extremely judgmental about people close to me and their values, and has ignored my own.
More than 1 year ago
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