• The Austen Riggs Center uses a treatment team approach in their work with patients struggling with complex mental disorders

    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, explains why psychological testing may be repeated after patients are admitted to the Austen Riggs Center.

  • Psychological Testing at the Austen Riggs Center

    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.”

  • National Nurses Week 2014

    “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, Describes the Stigma Barrier to Behavioral Health Issues

    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. 

  • Psychotherapy

    Dr. M. Gerard Fromm, PhD, ABPP answers the question: When it comes to borderline patients, what are the challenges for the therapist and the staff?

  • Considering psychotherapy

    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 Austen Riggs Center is an open psychiatric hospital in Stockbridge, MA.

    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.

  • Psychotherapy

    In this video Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research Jane G. Tillman, PhD, ABPP, talks about how psychoanalytic treatment has changed over the years.

  • The Austen Riggs Center provides intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy in a voluntary, open, and non-coercive community.

    The Austen Riggs Center has again been highlighted as one of the best hospitals for 2015-16 in Psychiatry by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. 



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