At the core of each patient’s work at Riggs is intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy with a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist on staff. Patients and therapists meet four times a week (with the exception of holidays, vacations or illnesses), working together to understand the meanings of symptoms and the sources of suffering in the context of the patient’s life. The unfolding of this process is unique to each individual and usually includes exploring personal history, reflecting on present day experiences (including what happens in the therapy relationship itself), and considering the person’s aspirations and goals.
Hear our Clinicians Talk About Psychotherapy at Austen Riggs
Margaret Parish, PhD, Director of Patient Care talks about psychoanalytic psychotherapy at Austen Riggs. Patients and therapists meet four times a week working together to understand the meanings of symptoms and the sources of pain in the context of the patient’s life.
Eric M. Plakun, MD, Associate Medical Director and Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy talks about the evidence for psychoanalytic treatment.
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.