About the Austen Riggs Center
Welcome! The Austen Riggs Center helps "treatment-resistant" patients become people taking charge of their lives. We focus on the importance of human relationships, on translating the meaning of behaviors into words and on the authority of patients within their own treatment and the wider Riggs community.
The Austen Riggs Center is a small, not-for-profit, open psychiatric continuum of care specializing in the psychotherapeutic treatment of psychiatric disorders. Internationally known for its respectful work with emotionally troubled individuals who have failed to benefit from previous treatment, Riggs is located in the small town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, on Norman Rockwell’s Main Street.
For more than 90 years, the Austen Riggs Center has offered long-term residential and hospital-level psychiatric treatment based on intensive, four-times-weekly individual psychotherapy, provided by psychiatrists and psychologists who have advanced and specialized training. From hospital to residential to supervised and unsupervised apartment living, Riggs provides continuity of care with the same psychotherapist, psychopharmacologist and interdisciplinary team through various levels of treatment and living arrangements. With educational connections with Cambridge Health Alliance and Yale University School of Medicine, Riggs is the only psychiatric hospital in the United States providing longer-term intensive individual psychodynamic psychotherapy to help otherwise "treatment-resistant" patients become people taking charge of their lives.
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
- 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)