When it comes to diagnosing and treating a child for behavioral, learning, or mood disorders, many parents have to make the tough choice to send their children to a psychiatrist – and then select the right type of treatment. The right approach can create wonderful breakthroughs, but the wrong one can make the problem worse.
Among Princeton NJ psychiatrists, Dr. Yitzhak Shnaps, M.D. understands the pitfalls and incorporates techniques that are careful to preserve the parent-child bond. This approach allows parents to work with one doctor to treat all of the child’s needs, from psychiatry to psychology to medication.
Few psychiatrists or children psychiatrists in NJ are trained to use these treatments: Intensive Combined Therapy and Non-Violent Resistance (NVR), but Dr. Shnaps has studied them extensively.
Intensive Combined Therapy
This treatment method can only be provided by psychiatrists who are both certified therapists and medical doctors. This allows a single doctor to provide therapy and prescribe medication.
“When it comes to Intensive Care Therapy, I compare psychiatric care to a rumor grapevine,” says Dr. Shnaps, one of the leading psychiatrists in NJ. “The more people involved the further from the core truth the tale becomes. Psychiatrists want to get to the root problem and help patients break through, and this is done most efficiently when one doctor can diagnose and treat the patient from beginning to end.”
“In my opinion, the psychiatry field would be much stronger if all doctors were prepared to provide all levels of treatment,” says Dr. Shnaps, NJ psychiatrist. “When multiple doctors are involved in treatment, patient-professional bonding is divided. This makes psychiatric and psychological sessions less productive.”
Providing patients with more efficient treatment not only benefits the patient, but the family as well. Working with fewer doctors saves parents money and time – and is less stressful for the child.
“When children are seeing three, four, or even five different doctors, not only does the child feel more exposed, he or she also might feel like the problem is worse than it is,” says Dr. Shnaps. “It’s a natural reaction. People feel vulnerable enough seeing one doctor, but when there are multiple doctors diagnosing, the patient’s self-esteem may be hindered, permanently.”
Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) helps families react and respond to a child exhibiting undesired behaviors. While many other methods utilize punishments for bad behavior and rewards for good behavior, NVR teaches the whole family to use empathy and positive emotional expression to strengthen family ties.
This treatment method is especially useful for children with severe emotional, behavioral and learning disorders. Through compassion and understanding, patients don’t just accept treatment and change. They understand that altering their behavior is not only better for themselves, but for their loved ones as well.
“Rather than matching a child’s aggression and challenging those volatile emotions, NVR uses passive reinforcement that over time teaches a child that what he is doing is inappropriate and it is hurting his loved ones,” says Dr. Shnaps. “This not only defuses aggression, but helps families bond and build new relationships together.”
Few Princeton NJ psychiatrists or child psychiatrists provide both Intensive Combined Therapy and NVR. Dr. Shnaps also provides Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Combined Psychopharmacology, and Psychotherapy.
“When it comes to treating patients, especially children, I find that it’s best to have several treatment modalities at the doctor’s disposal,” says Dr. Shnaps. “What works for one patient won’t necessarily work for the next patient. So, doctors need to be flexible. Besides, if a family is willing to open themselves to a psychiatrist’s aid and advice, the least we can do is recognize and provide what will help the patient best.”
To learn more about Princeton New Jersey psychiatrist Dr. Yitzhak Shnaps, visit: http://princetonpsychiatrist.com/ or call (609) 921-7878 for more information.
About Dr. Yitzhak Shnaps, MD
Princeton NJ psychiatrist and child psychiatrist Yitzhak Shnaps, MD provides integrated psychiatric treatment and psychological counseling for individuals of all ages. He specializes in psychiatry, with expertise in Mood Disorders, Learning and Behavioral Disorders, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, and other mental health issues in individual, family, and school settings.
Dr. Shnaps is a graduate of the Hebrew University Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel and performed his Psychiatric Residency and Psychiatric Chief Residency at Albert Einstein Medical College, Bronx, New York. His academic and administrative appointments have included Chief, Dual Diagnosis Services – Carrier Foundation, Belle Mead, New Jersey; Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey; and Courtesy Medical Staff, University Medical Center at Princeton, New Jersey.