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Dr. William Hapworth, MD

Psychiatrist

New York, NY

About Dr. William Hapworth

William E. Hapworth M.D. and the staff at the Hapworth Center have been delivering mental health services to New Yorkers for over 30 years. ***We believe in doing no harm to our clients and in that regard we do not prescribe addictive drugs like Benzodiazepines or Amphetamines.*** We have been honored to help our clients resolve problems as complex as Bipolar Disorder to as commonplace as relationship problems. We are dedicated to meeting you on an equal footing and addressing your issues with an enthusiastic and cooperative approach. We are experts with medication but believe that many emotional problems can be resolved without medication by using psychotherapy and life style changes such as exercise, nutritional adjustments and weight loss. Additionally, clients must realize that using drugs or alcohol to self medicate is a flawed formula and we stand ready to help you learn to live your life substance free. We strongly believe in the benefits of rewiring your brain through psychotherapy. Medication can alleviate acute stress symptoms but it is only through therapy that long lasting change can be achieved.

In-network insurances

  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Caterpillar

Specialties

  • Psychiatrist

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Board certifications

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

Education and training

  • Medical School - Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Doctor of Medicine
  • New York University, Residency in Psychiatry
  • The Millhauser Lab (Fellowship)

Awards and publications

  • Patients' Choice Award 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory, Research Assistant

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1861536104

Overall rating
3.9
Recent reviews
I was very nervous and from the moment I walked in I felt very comfortable. The receptionist were cordial and professional.Dr. Hapworth was friendly and made me feel better. He asked me many questions about past and present. He helped me understand what my problem is and gave me a prescription. I will definitely go back and continue my care with him and his associates. I was so happy he accepted my insurance. I definitely recommend him.
I was very nervous and from the moment I walked in I felt very comfortable. The receptionist were cordial and professional. Dr. Hapworth was friendly and made me feel better. Heasked me many questions about past and present. He helped me understand what my problem is and gave me a prescription. I will definitely go back and continue my care with him and his associates. I was so happy he accepted my insurance. I definitely recommend him.
Initials hidden · August 2, 2019
He had a dry wit, which I like. But, first impressions, he knew several key questions to ask, I'm glad tosay.
He had a dry wit, which I like. But, first impressions, he knew several key questions to ask, I'm glad to say.
Initials hidden · July 25, 2019

Dr. William Hapworth's office location

Hapworth Psychiatric Medical PLLC

200 W 57th St, Suite 502

New York, NY 10019

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I was very nervous and from the moment I walked in I felt very comfortable. The receptionist were cordial and professional. Dr. Hapworth was friendly and made me feel better. He asked me many questions about past and present. He helped me understand what my problem is and gave me a prescription. I will definitely go back and continue my care with him and his associates. I was so happy he accepted my insurance. I definitely recommend him.

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He had a dry wit, which I like. But, first impressions, he knew several key questions to ask, I'm glad to say.

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Very attentive and helpful. Will see him again.

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I was nervous because this was my first appointment, but he really listened. And he made me feel like he understood what I was trying to say.

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I honestly loved everything about today’s visit.

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All I can say is that I liked him. He’s very calm and easy going.

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I was pleased with the experience. Polite and professional

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Only one meeting with the doctor thus far. But, I’m very encouraged at the prospect of seeing him again.

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He is very professional!

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Please spare yourself the trouble and find another Dr. William Hapworth was cruel, insensitive, and arrogant. He mocks and insults patients. He instead "offers" criticism and judgment to those in need. I have truly never had such an unpleasant, negative experience with a mental health professional. He is not a professional, plain and simple.

More than 1 year ago
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Hapworth is very cold and mean, he is presumptuous and insensitive. he told me the only way he'd treat me is if I got sober and cut my appointment short for a phone call.

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Amazing Dr. was very helpful. Gave good feedback and challenges you to get better!

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Dr. Hapworth was very kind and straight to the point. He asked relevant questions about my background and current situations in my life. He seemed very knowledgeable about various subjects. The office staff were professional and kind. I will continue to come here!

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Wonderful, great recommendation and best part, he did not push medicine.

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Do not go to him unless you appreciate/need someone who is overly blunt. Did not fit my needs at all. I felt like he wasn’t really listening and had preconceived ideas of who I was as a person.

More than 1 year ago
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Please read this review carefully and take it into consideration, because it may save you time and copay. I've been in and out of treatment since I was a 12 (over ten years ago) and never have I met a psychiatrist so arrogant than now. First of all, God forbid you smoke a little pot - you're suddenly a drug addict in his eyes and he will refuse to treat you. This "Doctor" barely even lifted his eyes off the page to look at me when I answered his questions and when he did I was met with a smug expression like he was agitated by any word that slipped out. I was dealing with severe bipolar symptoms, went in and after speaking to him I came out feeling much worse. I honestly don't know how he has 5 star reviews and quite frankly I'm convinced he wrote them himself. I also read he's good friends with Trump and is a Trump supporter from another review elsewhere. Beware, beware, beware.

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Gave me no valuable insight whatsoever in our session

More than 1 year ago
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Down to earth, professional, honest, and personable. He is the most accessible psychiatrist I have encountered.

More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Hapworth assured me that I would have time to express what I need to at any particular time.

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I am still seeing this doctor out of convenience but I don't like his approach to patient care, he talks at you the whole time. If I hadn't come in with a diagnosis already and a firm insistence about the medication I wanted to try, I feel like I would have gotten nowhere with him.

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I was suffering from incidental depression & PTSD - he asked me if I was using any recreational drugs - I said yes. He cut the meeting and told me that he can't work with anyone unless they quit drug use. He did not deserve the copay for 5 minutes of hearing nothing but I can't get help if I didn't quit my recreational drug use.

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I found the appointment useful and well guided.

More than 1 year ago
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The doctor was interested and engaging and helped set me up with another physician in the office whom he believed to be the best fit for my care. Very positive visit.

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Dr. Hapworth ACTUALLY cared about me. He really took the time to hear what I had to say and didn't brush me off at all. I was nervous going in, and so so comfortable walking out!

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I went to Dr.Hapworth in the effort to find a new doctor who would listen to me as i was trying to determine if there was an issue with my medication. The doctor was endearing and kind. Yes, he was straight to the point but he was not rude nor condescending despite some other review that i read. He asked a lot of questions and gave advice around additional ways i can remain healthy. Dr. Hapworth was exactly what you want in a psychopharmacologist and I will continue to see him!

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Throughout the meeting, the doctor was contentious. He also seemed ill informed. He could not explain why he was against medications. He made generalizations that have been disproven i.e. aderal makes you all jittery and nervous and would just keep repeating that even though I said it did not affect the slightest in that way. He could never articulate what the so called dangers were of those kinds of medications. In the end he asked "How did I do?" and I actually said, "Not so good, you're too contentious." He looked hurt and to calm him I said "We're probably just similar." He then started to argue again saying it was me and this is as I was leaving. I politely said goodbye.

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Great. Really seemed interested in my overall well being. Jokes r a little corny but his bedside manner is cool. I like him.

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Dr. Hapworth was so good I only had to see him once. Even though he suggested weekly appointments I internalized his feedback from the first visit and made the necessary adjustments to be where I wanted to be.

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First visit - an evaluation. Very straightforward, simple back and forth. Concluded appropriately, passing me on to another in his "center. "

More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Hapworth was extremely knowledgeable. He was down to earth and I felt very comfortable and confident with his treatment.

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Dr. Hapworth was excellent. I already knew because of the reviews and what he wrote about himself in the web that his style is direct which is what I was looking for. Some people might take it wrong but I don't. I like that he listens and moves forward to the next question. I don't need a friend (I have enough friends) I need a therapist to guide me to further soul search, conclusions and for me to arrive to answers using his input as a professional. He is professional and friendly. Thxs.

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He's blunt, which I like, not for everyone. But he definitely said inappropriate things for a first meeting. I told him that as a very intense liberal my depression and anxiety in post-Trump world moved from occassional and manageable to overwhelming and dibilatating, he responded with the following inappropriate things. Inappropriate given what I said might be wrong and because it was too personal for him to be telling me his political views on first visit. 1. He is friend's with Trump, has known him for years, doesn't think he is racist. Great, thanks for sharing. Why would you tell that to a patient who is upset by Trump's existence? 2. After I suggested Trump has a history of racism (as a developer, etc.) as do most people in this country including you (Hapworth), he told me that he (Hapworth) "only sees individuals not race." The classic line of someone (often white) not in-tune with systemic/inherited cultural biases/bigotry. 3. He mentioned that he doesn't understand why people cared about taking down the statue in Charlottesville and told me that none of this is why I am depressed it's just peripheral. I countered with the idea that I operate in spaces that are constantly concerned with politics, philosophy, sociology, etc. It is the focus of my life as an artist and intellectual, so it is possible that that is enough to profoundly affect my mood and emotional stability. Hapworth was unprofessional and inappropriate right off the back and if it only took 1 hour for him to indicate his ignorance, I can't imagine what else he would have told me and tried to convince me of down the line. He also tried to convince me that everyone who has written a bad review of him is a drug addict. The classic "all my exes are crazy, not me" conversation. Maybe some are, but Hapworth is also just ignorant and out of touch.

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My first appointment with Dr. Hapworth was approximately 20 min. He was barely interested in my symptoms and criticized a medication that I had been taking. Nonetheless, he prescribed a higher dose of the same medication. When I called 5 days later with an adverse reaction, I was simply told to make another appointment. I stopped the medication and went back 2 weeks later for a follow up. This was even worse than the initial appointment, lasting exactly 5 minutes. He dismissed the side effects that I reported, saying that he had never heard of such a reaction, told me that I should just "go it on my own and maybe try a little exercise!" Rude, uncaring, and unprofessional, Dr. Hapworth is just in it for the insurance claim that he can now make.

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Total pro. Great listener. Appreciated his candor. Looking forward to my next appointment.

More than 1 year ago
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I saw Dr. Hapworth twice. I wasn't put off by his directness. I was put off by the fact that I didn't feel he listened and understood my concerns. He said he's not a drug pusher but his ONLY solution to help me with PTSD after being DRUGGED and raped was a DRUG! I gave him another opportunity and saw him a second time but the appointment was only for 25 minutes and was only about drug management. If you just want to take a pill and have a doctor who ONLY wants to speak with you about drug management this is your guy. Also, he doesn't seem to be well-versed in trauma therapy because in our first meeting he wanted me to delve into the details of my rape. Overall, I would say my encouter with this doctor was traumatic.

More than 1 year ago
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On a regular basis he canceled my standing appointment because he wasn't coming in. When I had similar problem one time he charged me. He was impossible to get a hold of to adjust my meds. He told me to break up with my girlfriend without discussing my relationship with her and spent most of my sessions discussing the project I worked on at work. His secretary messed up my dosage and I couldn't get them to fix it for months.

More than 1 year ago
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I just left feeling as though I was taken advantage of... would not recommend.

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Stay away from this 'doctor' unless you want to walk out of a therapy session feeling even worse about your situation. Definitely not worth your time or money or that of your insurance. Felt like storming out not even five minutes into speaking with him. Does not attempt to alleviate any stress, instead only expands on what you may or may not have not done wrong. I as the patient had to tell him to stop focusing on one matter repeatedly when where are other factors involved that are much more detrimental, something that someone who claims to have studied psychology extensively should be able to piece together easily. Completely unsympathetic. I do not understand why this individual is in this field if he clearly does not want people to get better but instead has patients leaving his office feeling more hopeless. Stay away unless you want more harm to your mind.

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Waiting to see how meds work on my friend, but he was laid back, funny, and knowledgeable and most important, my friend Jeannette liked him.

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He is direct, perceptive and gets to the point with clarity.

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May seem distant or abrupt, but over several sessions I found him intelligent & conscientious. Unfortunately, I need Adderal, & he won't prescribe stimulants, so he advised me to find another shrink. Otherwise, I'd go back.

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Perhaps if you're looking for someone very straightforward with no chit chat, Dr. Hapworth would make you feel assured. I did not appreciate his lack of warmth, guidance, empathy, support or understanding, which I would expect at least a tiny bit of in his line of work. I want to work with someone who will listen to me, not interrupt when I speak, and make eye contact with me. Will look for another provider

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He did not look me in the eye once. His tone was dismissive and judgmental. I did not feel like my concerns were being heard. He wanted to prescribe me drugs I had never heard of. When I asked for information about possible side effects he seemed extremely put out and replied "you can google that".

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I believe that at least some of these five-star reviews are fake, but mostly I believe that this is the worst kind of polarizing doctor. His hard-nosed approach, which I experienced first-hand today, of forcing his patients to set a baseline of physical health, sobriety, and non-medication before he'll deign to treat them feels like a culling method more than anything. I left his office with a "don't call me, I'll call you," but I will not be calling him. He's not wrong about the improvements I need to make in my life -- but he's not willing to help with that part, so I guess he's right that there is no point in us working together.

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My first visit. All went well. Very pleasant, professional staff.

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The front desk was friendly and helpful, Dr. Hapworth had a great sense of humor and a very calming and caring demeanor, listens very well, and is extremely knowledgeable

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He was great. Straightforward and referred me to an associate he felt would be better suited to understanding me. Nevertheless, he was welcoming and had insightful advice.

More than 1 year ago
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Just had an initial appointment with Dr. Hapworth and booked a follow up visit without hesitation. I found him to be professional yet, at the same time, warm and reassuring. More importantly, I went into his office feeling hopeless and emerged feeling hopeful that I will be able to start feeling better. That alone, the improvement in outlook, made the visit worthwhile.

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I saw this doctor on July 27, 2016, at 2:45--for about seven mins. This doctor will not prescribe two of the drugs I am on to manage my diseases. He said two of the drugs are "dangerous," and we "aren't a good match"--because he won't prescribe two very well known drugs. So as quickly as I sat down, he got up and gestured me out. Still, I expect confidentiality because he DID see me, and closed the office door. Regardless, he never asked about my diagnosis, what age I started having problems, why do I want to see a different doctor, what other treatments I tried that helped or had no effect, etc. In other words, he didn't even try to find out why I was put on these two "dangerous" drugs. If he had spent two minutes to contact my current doctor or my therapist, he would have found a long history of trial and errors, and a long series of ECT treatments. Chemo and ECT are dangerous, too. That's why we have doctors. When I asked what my co-pay was, he said, "None. It's as if we never met." Practice as you wish, run your small business as you do, but don't be surprised when someone gives you a negative review for your lack of actual practice. And, don't waste my time by insisting that I never followed your procedures by not calling back for a "pre-screen."--whatever that means. And, above all else, do no harm.

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Great!

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