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

A residential treatment program since 1919, the Austen Riggs Center offers effective treatment for adults (18+) who have been diagnosed with a range of disorders including

In addition, many people come here with histories of substance use disorders or eating disorders, and as long as the person is medically stable and not actively abusing substances, our treatment can be helpful for these conditions as well.

We treat the individual, not the diagnosis. Diagnostic labels cannot capture the essence of an individual’s struggles or strengths, and they often obscure what people have in common. Many of our patients have multiple diagnoses; and many have been identified as “treatment resistant” in the past. Often they seek psychiatric treatment at Riggs because they need a different approach, and many opt to stay in our long term residential treatment program following the initial evaluation period of treatment.

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Eric M. Plakun, MD, is the Medical Director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center.

Dr. Eric M. Plakun is the Medical Director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center.

Samar Habl, MD is the director of admissions at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA.

Dr. Samar Habl is the director of admissions and associate medical director at the Austen Riggs Center.

Christina Biedermann, Psy.D., has been appointed the director of psychological testing

In four separate video clips, former Director of Psychological Testing Christina Biedermann, PsyD, gives an overview of psychological testing at Riggs, its place as part of the Fellowship program and its role in the initial six-week treatment and evaluation phase at the Austen Riggs Center.

Jane Tillman, PhD, ABPP

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

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