John F. Abess, MD – Psychiatrist Charleston – 3PO

3PO is Personalized, Private, Professional Service in the Office & Online

Dr. Abess’ is the most established psychiatrist in downtown Charleston, SC, USA – more than 30 years in the same location – participating in the medical community and helping people enjoy their lives

957 people on average visited our website EACH DAY during June, 2017.


Dr. Abess and Nurse Ann are a happily married counseling & medical team.  They have  years of experience in what they do.    

“We love our work and we remain dedicated to helping you enjoy a happy heathy life.”   

Ann Abess, R.N. (& Ziva)

Ann Abess, R.N. (& Ziva)

Medical Triage and Practice Executive

Ann has broad experience in all phases of nursing. She started off helping in her father‘s internal medicine office. She graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing (President of Student Body Organization) in Syracuse, N.Y. She has worked in a variety of hospitals in pediatrics and medical / surgical nursing. she functioned as Charge Nurse in many of her positions. She attended the Medical University of South Carolina to become a certified nurse mid-wife and subsequently took advanced courses in the area of psychiatry, psychotherapy and family therapy. Since 1984, she has been a major asset to Dr. Abess’ practice and to all our clients and patients.

ZIVA - Award Winning Heart Warmer

ZIVA - Award Winning Heart Warmer

Therapy Dog (in training)

Ziva is our Black Labrador Rescue. She is currently in training to become our next therapy dog. Her first lesson is "Keep all 4 on the floor."

She follows in the paw-steps of Ruby, Gabe and Amazing Grace. All of these black labrador retrievers were former therapy dogs. They endeared themselves to our patients and of course, to us as well. Now, they romp in doggie heaven.

John F. Abess, M.D.

John F. Abess, M.D.

Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Psychopharmacolgist, Consultant to Hospital Physicians, Attorneys and CEO’s.

"Dr. A" (affectionate moniker) attended LeMoyne College, a Jesuit school in Syracuse, N.Y. He graduated with a B.S. in Multiple Science. He also attended the Medical University of South Carolina where he earned his medical degree, served a medical internship and completed psychiatric residency. While working as a psychiatric resident, Dr. Abess also worked in the Richland County Memorial Hospital Emergency Room and developed a computerized program for assessment of the comatose patent in an emergency setting. Dr. Abess was Chief Resident during his training. He worked for the Medical University of South Carolina in their Psychiatric Consultation Laison Service and subsequently established his private practice of psychiatry in Charleston, S.C. He opened his current office in 1984. Dr. Abess has served as president of the psychiatric medical staff for Southern Pines Psychiatric Hospital and for St. Francis Xavier Hospital. He functioned as a medical director for Psychiatric Units at Southern Pines Hospital and St. Francis Xavier Hospital. He currently continues to perform hospital consultations for patients at Roper Hospital in downtown Charleston. He is a consultant to attorneys in the area of psychiatric medicine, he engages in forensic evaluations for health insurance companies, and he also is an advisor to CEO’s as to how their company can profit from behavioral and psychological sciences. Dr. Abess is a contributing writer for The Moultrie News as well as Gulfstream Communications’ Charleston His pen name is "ShrinkThink." You can subscribe to his articles and to the latest news in Medical and Behavioral Science under the "Subscribe" heading of this website.

Additionally, Dr. Abess served in the U.S. Army for 5 years and was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.



Enjoy a higher quality of life and greater happiness.

As a client, you become part of our team. You will receive personal friendly attention, the highest degree of privacy and responsiveness and a higher quality of competent care.

Why visit?


Help with life’s problems and stressful situations.

A desire for greater happiness & personal development.

Happier relationships.    Greater harmony in family life.

Assistance from an experienced psychiatrist in managing a psychiatric disorder.

Treatment for all types of anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress, phobias, attentional disorders and situational  crises.

Our medical background qualifies us to safely help you even when medical- biologic problems complicate or contribute to the problem.

Dr. Abess  is a medical doctor  and is trusted by other physicians. 

He understands the impact medical problems and medications for those problems can sometimes have on our emotions and thoughts.  

Due to specialized training & experience, Dr. Abess is also a consultant to physicians, law firms and corporations.


Ann on the Phone

Ann on the Phone

This is the "operations center" and so far… everyone is happy. We may actually be leaving the office on time!

Ann has the toughest job. She is constantly interrupted. Always needs to wear a happy face. And, she needs to rely upon her medical knowledge to discriminate the importance of various situations. She is a "Pro" in every aspect of the word.

The Fireplace Painting

The Fireplace Painting

Purchased in Boston, MA

Charleston and Boston are nautical cities. The painting speaks to our maritime heritage, as well as the Caribbean trade route with Barbados. Most importantly, it sits over a fireplace that keeps the office cozily warm during those occasional cold dreary days. .

The Relaxing Room

The Relaxing Room

We could call it the "waiting" room except appointments are generally right on time.

The room is comfortable. There is a good assortment of journals - health and popular oriented. Dr. Abess even includes his latest articles published on his website and on the Gulfstream Communications website,

The kitchen has drinks and there are some "surcees" on Ann’s desk as well.

The "Scary" Wall

The "Scary" Wall

It’s also known as the wall that nobody generally reads.

These represent diplomas, licenses, and certifications. Dr. Abess has both proper training and proper "seasoning". He is an expert psychiatrist and makes good decisions on behalf of all the clients that entrust themselves to his care.

Talking Desk

Talking Desk

We also have a couch if you desire psychodynamic therapy (or have a bad back).

So, you can see by the 2 chairs that often we like to have your spouse or other important person in your life to accompany you on occasion. This is good for establishing a supportive home environment, and for improving the understanding and happiness in relationships. However, this is not for everyone and some people desire pure privacy. We are also very good at that - so no need to worry.

Sidewalk View

Sidewalk View

This is walking on State Street from Cumberland toward Queen.

We are so fortunate to work in a historic building. The building initially was utilized as a horse stable for a private fire insurance company. (Thus, the barn like doors.) In those days, no fire insurance meant your house burned to the ground. You may also recognize the presence of "earthquake" bolts between the 1st and 2nd floors. Located in the French Quarter of peninsular Charleston, we are often enticed by the aromas of fine cuisine.

The Office in Charleston

Living and working Charleston is pure delight.   Here is how it looks if you have yet to visit.   Charleston has become recognized as one of the top destinations in the entire world to visit.    We love our city and are grateful for the chance to work and live in such an attractive pleasant and historic location.

  • Dusk on Broad Street – St. Michael’s Steeple

  • 2 of the 4 Corners of Law (God, Feds, County & City)

  • One of the Fine Mansion-like Homes on the Battery

  • Another Example of the Fine Battery Homes

  • Pineapple Fountain (welcoming icon) at the Waterfront Park

  • Genuine Pirates Were Served at the Oldest Pub in Charleston – The Griffin

  • A Rare View of the Battery – Rare because the photo was taken prior to Charleston being “discovered.”

  • When the Azaleas Bloom, Spring has Arrived and Easter is Around the Corner

  • A view of the City Marina from Lockwood Boulevard

  • Rails over Charleston – Connecting Charleston to James and Folly Islands

  • A View of the “Old Ashley River Bridge” from the Folly Island Connector

  • Graceful Bridges Span the Marsh