Director of Psychological Testing Christina Biedermann, PsyD, talks about elements of psychological testing at the Austen Riggs Center that are unique to Riggs, including a team approach, a testing battery that was put together by some of the best thinkers in psychodiagnostic testing and the way in which the testing data is analyzed and presented.
Schizophrenia and psychosis are getting considerable attention in the media. Riggs clinician Jane G. Tillman, PhD, discusses psychosis, early warning signs and working with individuals struggling with psychosis in a series of blog posts.
Director of Psychological Testing Christina Biedermann, PsyD, gives an overview of psychological testing at Riggs and its place in the initial six-week treatment and evaluation phase at the Austen Riggs Center. She states, “We are trying to get a picture of someone’s internal world the best that we can.”
“I spend almost all of my time with the patients: coffee hour, dinner and one-on-one counseling. The counseling time I enjoy the most. I think there’s something about me that lets people feel like they can approach me. I really care about the patients at Riggs. I think they can sense that I care about connecting with them. They want to be reached. And they want to connect back. They want to have someone listen to them, be curious about them, and care.”
John Santopietro, MD, is the chief clinical officer of behavioral health at Carolinas HealthCare System and a graduate of the Austen Riggs Center Fellowship. In the video link below, Dr. Santopietro talks about the role stigma plays in keeping some people from accessing the kind of care they need to meet their behavioral health needs.
A person in a borderline state has had trouble in their primary relationship of dependency in life. Setting up an intensive psychotherapy invites them to depend on their therapist, thereby creating a situation, a charged situation to be sure, where the problems can be felt first hand and talked about. We can connect what happens in the therapy to the therapeutic relationship itself, and to other people in the patient's life.
The second blog in a six-part series, exploring borderline personality disorder, with M. Gerard Fromm, PhD, ABPP, a senior consultant to the Erikson Institute for Education and Research at the Austen Riggs Center.