Treatment Approaches

Intensive Combined Therapy

Dr. Shnaps provides the following treatment approaches, alone or in combination, to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient:

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: An individual therapy, typically once a week. The approach is eclectic and combines Psychoanalytic, Cognitive Behavioral, and other approaches.
  • Combined Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy: A medical/biological treatment primarily with medications (with close medical monitoring), combined with individual psychotherapy. Both treatment approaches are administered concurrently, usually on a once-a-week basis.
  • Parent/Family Therapy: Parent or family therapy employs one or more approaches including Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) and, in severe cases, Non-Violent Resistance (NVR). Learn more about CPS. To learn more about NVR, read Non-Violent Resistance: A New Approach to Violent and Self-destructive Children by Haim Omer, et al, 2003.

Benefits of Intensive Combined Therapy

Intensive Combined therapy offers several benefits that tend to make it more effective, especially in more complicated cases:

  • Treatment is more intensive, meaningful and precise, targeting specific issues – medical, emotional, psychological, or a combination of all three.
  • Patients establish a more meaningful bond with their doctor.
  • A single provider performs the psychological and psychiatric assessments and is thus better able to see the entire picture and identify all contributing factors.
  • A professional who is well versed in both medical and psychological aspects of mental health is in a better position to formulate an accurate diagnosis. For example, a professional trained in both disciplines is more likely to identify a personality pathology that might look like Bipolar Disorder or recognize Anxiety masquerading as ADHD.
  • It allows for greater flexibility. Treatment modalities can be more closely monitored and evaluated over time and switched from one to another if found to be ineffective or no longer necessary.
  • Closer monitoring of medications results in generally prescribing the lowest possible level of medications with significantly diminished side effects.
  • Underlying medical issues appearing as mental health issues are more likely to be recognized and addressed.
  • Intensive Combined therapy ensures continuity of treatment. You will not encounter a situation in which two professionals are working at cross-purposes. One doctor, one treatment plan.

Treatment Areas and Special Interests

Dr. Shnaps treats patients with any psychological, emotional, behavioral, learning, or psychiatric difficulties. Areas of specialty include:

  • Mood Disorders, including Depression, Bipolar Disorder, as well as Anxiety, Panic Disorder, and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  • Learning disorders, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and school underachievement
  • Disruptive Behavioral Disorders, including “explosive children”
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger’s Syndrome and PDD (Pervasive Development Disorder)
  • Psychotic Disorders