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  • Therapeutic Relationship

    “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

  • Therapeutic Community Program Manager at the Austen Riggs Center, Cornelia Kalisher, LSW

    The relationship between you and your therapist is important. How do you find a therapist whom you have never met, and be able to feel comfortable sharing some of your deepest, most personal thoughts and feelings with them?  While this might seem like a daunting task, here are some ideas that may help you:

  • Marilyn Charles therapy session

    Margaret Parish, PhD, director of patient care at the Austen Riggs Center, discusses the role of psychotherapy in treatment.

  • Therapeutic Relationship

    The Austen Riggs Center has a long history of treating patients who have tried and failed to respond to previous treatment efforts.  Early on, Riggs clinicians recognized the importance of so-called “treatment resistant” psychiatric disorders and their associated societal, financial and personal burdens – including death by suicide.

  • Richard Q. Ford, PhD

    It is not uncommon to find people who have spent a decade or two working at the Austen Riggs Center. There are even some who have spent 30 years tending to the mission and work. But Richard Q. Ford, PhD, who recently retired as the coordinator of psychological testing at Riggs, cultivated a 43-year relationship with Riggs as a fellow, a staff psychologist, a researcher and, for the last 20 years, as the coordinator of psychological testing. 

  • Behind the Medical Office Building

    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.

  • Compass

    The New York Times this past Saturday featured an excellent editorial about anxiety disorders in adolescents by Dr. Richard Friedman, a professor of psychiatry at Weil Cornell Medical College.

  • Marilyn Charles therapy session

    Last month, clinicians and researchers gathered at the Austen Riggs Center for an exciting, stimulating two-day exchange of learning and collaboration at the third annual Riggs-Yale conference. Throughout the conference, which focused on Early Adversity and Developmental Psychopathology, there was a robust discussion about the growing evidence for the value of working with individuals who struggle with mental illness from a biopsychosocial perspective rather than a reductionist biomedical model, also known as the “bio-bio-bio” approach (as coined by Steve Sharfstein, MD in his American Psychiatric Association presidential address) that is currently more prevalent in the mental health care system.

  • David Mintz, MD presents at the APA meeting

    Austen Riggs Center staff members are presenting at the American Psychiatric Association’s 167th Annual Meeting in New York City. This year’s program is titled “Changing the Practice and Perception of Psychiatry.” Included in the theme of change in this year’s program is the inaugural meeting of the Psychotherapy Caucus, created to promote the importance of psychotherapy within psychiatry. Here is the schedule of Riggs presentations taking place at the APA meeting.

  • Division 39 president Marilyn Charles, Ph.D., ABPP

    The American Psychological Association (APA) Division 39 (Division of Psychoanalysis) is holding its 34th annual spring meeting Wednesday, April 23 through Sunday, April 27 in New York City.

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