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Your Treatment Experience

At the Austen Riggs Center, each patient’s treatment experience is unique. Yet all share the basic principles of our psychodynamic approach to therapy and residential treatment.

Riggs patients enjoying some creative time with arts and crafts
Our residential psychiatric treatment program has long been based on three principles: the importance of relationships, understanding the meaning behind your symptoms, and respecting your authority over your own life and decisions regarding the mental health services we offer. Like all individuals admitted to Riggs, your psychiatric treatment begins with a minimum six-week period of evaluation and treatment at a residential level of care.
Patient being consulted
Patient being consulted

Initial Evaluation & Treatment

During these first six weeks at Riggs, you’ll settle in and engage in aspects of the program. You’ll immerse yourself in our therapeutic community, get to know fellow community members, and begin to let yourself be known. For some, this period of six weeks is the entire duration of treatment at Riggs, but most people stay longer.

White colonial style house on the Austen Riggs campus
White colonial style house on the Austen Riggs campus

Inn Residential Programs

Riggs offers a continuum of care serving different levels of developmental needs. Our Inn Residential Programs offer patients an environment resembling a New England historic inn or college campus more than a hospital.

Riggs patients enjoying game night
Riggs patients enjoying game night

Step-Down Programs

Two renovated historic homes offer a space for further developing self-management, interpersonal ability, and independent living skills, along with the capacity to rejoin the various communities outside Riggs.

Riggs patient putting some fine touches on an art piece
Riggs patient putting some fine touches on an art piece

Our Programs and Services

Our integrated mental health programs and services are designed with the intent to foster a therapeutic alliance that can ultimately help you come to terms with whatever has been holding you back.

Start the Admission Process

From first contact to admission consultation, let’s find out if we’re a good fit.