Psychiatric Hospital/Residential Treatment

Psychiatric Residential Treatment in an Open Therapeutic Community

The goal of treatment at the Austen Riggs Center is to help individuals (aged 18 and older) take charge of their lives more fully so that they can experience more satisfying engagement in the outside world.

A psychiatric hospital and residential treatment program since 1919, the Austen Riggs Center provides effective and integrated treatment for individuals faced with complex psychiatric problems.  Patients typically seek treatment at Riggs because they need a different treatment approach.  Through debilitating symptoms, recurrent crises, self-destructive or suicidal behaviors, and social withdrawal, patients communicate their distress.  They have generally been unable to use outpatient or other treatment modalities to make significant progress in their capacity to function adaptively. It is common for our patients to have multiple diagnoses; and, in some cases, be identified as “treatment resistant.” The Riggs community, including both patients and staff, is a diverse group of individuals with varied life experiences.

Some of the more common diagnoses our patients arrive with include:

  • Mood disorders (including major depressive and bipolar disorders)
  • Personality disorders (the most common is borderline personality disorder, but often more than one of the following --  borderline, narcissistic, dependent, avoidant, or schizoid)
  • Psychotic disorders 
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 
  • Substance use disorders in some degree of remission (not active use)
  • Eating Disorders (if medical status and weight suggest they are not acute medical risks)

Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Fellowship
We are accepting applications for the 2016 post-doctorate Fellowship in advanced psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic studies and in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

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Chat is available on the admissions page Monday - Friday from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. A member of the Admissions Staff is a click away from answering your questions. 


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