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.
In this six-part series exploring trauma, we will present excerpts from a longer interview with E. Virginia Demos, EdD, a member of the clinical staff at the Austen Riggs Center and an authority on trauma. At the end of the series, we will make the interview, in its entirety, available in our Resource Center.
“Our patients often struggle alone with serious secret and shameful self-doubt, and therapy offers a private space to form a relationship, come to trust someone and be less alone with their pain.” – Eric Plakun, MD, director of admissions and associate medical director
With hundreds of choices throughout the country, how does one decide which psychiatric facility will work for them? What is it about the Austen Riggs Center that is different from other places?
"Patients come here as human beings with their strengths and weaknesses, but often in a place that makes it difficult for them to hold onto their strengths. The therapeutic community provides an opportunity and space for patients to be more than their illness, more than a patient, to find and utilize their strengths." Brenda St. Pierre, centerwide community coordinator and IRP-N/G program manager