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; others include narcissistic, dependent, avoidant or schizoid personality disorders)
- Psychotic disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Post-traumatic 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)
Margaret Parish, PhD, Director of Patient Care talks about psychoanalytic psychotherapy at Austen Riggs.
Eric M. Plakun, MD, Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions talks about the evidence for psychoanalytic treatment.
Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP, Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research talks about how psychoanalytic treatment has changed over the years.
The Austen Riggs Center was featured on the television program, Innovations, hosted by award winning actor Ed Begley, Jr., with an initial airing in August 2014 on the Discovery Channel.