Nestled in the Berkshires, the Austen Riggs Center is unlike most mental health treatment centers. Here in our open setting in western Massachusetts, you’ll find the space and support you need to understand your problems, find your voice, and make your way forward.
We are a psychiatric residential treatment facility with a different approach: We treat the person, not just the diagnosis. Our caring experts work with you to illuminate the stories behind your symptoms. Time, space, and support for reflection can lead you to better understand yourself and your relationships, enabling you to address a range of issues and build a more satisfying life.
If other treatments haven’t worked, Riggs may be right for you. Unlike some other psychiatric hospitals in Massachusetts or elsewhere, our relational, patient-centered treatment approach addresses underlying issues, not just symptoms.
The Erikson Institute for Education, Research, and Advocacy of the Austen Riggs Center is about the advancement of knowledge. We offer a postdoctoral fellowship in psychoanalysis for psychiatrists and psychologists. Staff publish clinical research and scholarship, our faculty present and teach around the world, and the Institute offers national and international professional education. Outreach and advocacy are also important aspects of the Erikson Institute.
Roundtable #1 examines the experiences two prominent psychoanalysts, Otto Kernberg and Heinz Kohut who were forced to emigrate from Vienna as the Holocaust approached.
1.0 CME/CE Credit. Dr. Adam Polnay states, "In the course of writing a new textbook on psychotherapy, I was struck by the joy and value in re-visiting the so-called ‘basic’ concepts and practices of therapy.