Patients have individual, psychodynamic psychotherapy sessions four times a week with a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist along with support and counseling from an interdisciplinary team that follows each patient from admission to discharge. The team includes a therapist, psychopharmacologist, substance abuse counselor, social worker, nursing care coordinator, a therapeutic community staff member, and others. Patients are admitted to an intensive evaluation and treatment period that is generally completed in six weeks. Most patients stay on in our continuum of inpatient, residential, and day-treatment services.
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Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, is medical director and CEO of the Austen Riggs Center and an associate clinical professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He is an associate clinical professor at the Child Study Center, Yale University. He is an adjunct associate professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the former co-director of the Sackler Parent-Infant Program at Columbia University, former director of the MRI Research Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and former director of research at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. While in New York, he also had a private psychoanalytic practice.More
Margaret Parish, PhD is the Director of Patient Care. A clinical psychologist, she provides and supervises psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and group consultation. She studies and writes about the interface between psychoanalysis and social systems, including in therapeutic communities, and has conducted seminars in psychopathology and social psychology. She is Past-President of the Board of the Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems, Boston’s A. K. Rice affiliate, and has served on staff in a number of group relations conferences. Her previous roles at Riggs include being a treatment team leader, the manager of the community center, and a consultant to outside organizations through the Erikson Institute Consultation Service.More