Child, adolescent, family and adult psychiatry

Stanley Turecki, MDDr. Stanley Turecki is a child, adolescent, family and adult psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is in private practice in New York City and is on the staff of Lenox Hill Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Center. He lectures frequently to both parents and professionals, and is the author of two books, The Difficult Child, which has sold half a million copies, and Normal Children Have Problems, Too. He is also the recipient of the Physician Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. Dr. Turecki has been included annually in New York magazine's selection of "Best Doctors" and is rated in the top 1% of doctors nationwide by Castle Connolly.

Approach to therapy   Dr. Turecki offers treatment to children, adolescents, families and adults. His philosophy of respect for individual differences determines his approach. He strongly believes that the type of therapy offered should always depend on the particular needs of the patient or family.
    Children and Families:   Parents are the most powerful agents for change when a child needs help. Therefore Dr. Turecki will often start by working with the parents, especially if the child is young. If the problems are not severe, practical advice may prove sufficient. Even if the child needs therapy or medication the parents are always involved. Dr. Turecki prescribes medication when needed but he is conservative about its use especially in young children and will generally use smaller doses than many of his colleagues. Groups for mothers of difficult children are also offered. Significant marital difficulties may result in couples therapy and some parents enter therapy to address their own problems.
    Adults and Adolescents:    Dr. Turecki’s therapeutic style is supportive and problem-oriented. "Medication can be essential but not for all problems." -- Dr. Turecki Cognitive-behavioral techniques aimed at challenging self-defeating behavior and illogical thinking can be very helpful as can the judicious use of medication. Sometimes, when the original symptoms have abated, it becomes possible to explore and understand the origins of emotional conflicts. Patients are educated about their own temperament because it is important to accept who you are as a person before you can address your difficulties. Group therapy for adults offers mutual understanding, support, insight, advice, and the realization that others deal with similar problems.
    When treating adolescents and young adults, in addition to the above principles Dr. Turecki will take into account the importance of cultural trends and peer pressure, the increasing influence of social media in the lives of young people, and parental concerns about the ever-more frequent “addiction” to computers and video games. Time-limited groups that focus on specific problems are particularly helpful to adolescents and young adults.

Recognized expertise   Early in his career, and as a result of his own experience as the father of a very hard-to-raise child, Dr. Turecki wrote his first book, The Difficult Child (which has now sold 500,000 copies), founded the Difficult Child Program at Beth Israel Medical Center, and later the Difficult Child Center, which is now incorporated in his private practice. A few years later he wrote his second book, Normal Children Have Problems, Too. Dr. Turecki has often lectured at the American Academy "A person can be different without being abnormal." -- Dr. Tureckiof Pediatrics meetings, was a featured speaker with the T. Berry Brazelton National Seminar Series, and has given a workshop at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Turecki has been consistently listed by New York Magazine as one of the “Best Doctors in New York” and has served on the Board of Advisors of Parents Magazine. He has often appeared on national television, including multiple appearances on Oprah Winfrey, Good Morning America, and the Today Show. 20/20 devoted a whole segment to Dr. Turecki and his work. He has also been quoted in the print media, including The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, and New York Magazine, as well as many parenting magazines. Biography magazine did a feature article about his life and work.


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