Name of Hospital: Fremont Hospital
City, State/Province, Country: Fremont, California, USA
Number of Stars: 4
Comment: The facility itself was really clean and comfortable, each room had its own bathroom and two small chalkboards (though we rarely had access to chalk). There was phone access for most of the day and daily visiting hours. I had a decently enjoyable time, but there wasn’t much in terms of actual therapy or counseling, we mostly just hung out and played cards.
Some of the staff proved to be incompetent. At intake, I said I wasn’t sure if I had been technically sexually abused (I know now I had), and when I explained a bit the staff member laughed at me and told me nothing really happened. Our “school” consisted of a man who would come and have us draw pictures and talk to us about how “you just need to look inside yourself” to solve your problems. He started each day by showing yesterday’s drawings to the class, and while showing my trauma vent art said “Somebody’s got issues!” They also at one point increased the length of my stay without telling me, which caused me great panic. And they used my birth name in their system, even though I had changed my name legally months prior.
If you stay here you’ll most likely be safe and comfortable and have access to a degree of accommodations, but if you’re looking specifically for therapy services this may not be for you.
Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): inpatient
Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: nonbinary