The Riggs Blog
The Riggs blog is a mix of news about clinical work, research and educational activities from the Austen Riggs Center, as well as a source for information beyond our walls that we find interesting and thought-provoking.
The first task of a psychotherapist is to listen. This is not as easy as it might seem. Another person’s suffering can be hard to witness without turning away. Formal education in mental health teaches us to categorize and formulate according to patterns and principles. These are necessary guides but they cannot fully capture the sources of an individual’s trouble nor pinpoint guaranteed cures.
The Austen Riggs Center has an initial six-week period of evaluation and treatment. All patients begin in this phase, at a residential or hospital level of care. During this time they work to better understand whatever brings them here.
Please join us at the theater in the Lavender Door Gallery on Saturday, August 31st from 7:30pm – 8:30pm for this unique event.
In 2007 he wrote his memoir, Wish I Could Be There: Notes From a Phobic Life, in which he began to explore the roots of his own inner emotions. As he delved deeper into his past, it became increasingly apparent that his twin sister Mary played a central role. This realization inspired a second memoir in 2010, aptly titled Twin and devoted to Shawn’s relationship with Mary, who at the age of eight was diagnosed with autism.