The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt
The Retreat and Ruxton House provide unparalleled care for a wide variety of diagnoses and problems in living; we are especially well known for our work with professionals at a crossroads, young adults desiring increased independence and personal responsibility, adults facing retirement and loss, problems in marriage and other interpersonal difficulties, borderline personality disorder, treatment resistant depression, debilitating anxiety and substance use disorders.
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At The Retreat, patients come first. As Francis Weld Peabody explained to Harvard medical students 80 years ago,
The secret in the care of the patient is in caring for the patient. This is our guiding principle, the force that drives everything we do.
Each patient is an individual seeking help with a suffering that he or she has been unable to overcome alone. This may manifest itself through psychiatric illness, inhibitions in work and relationships, physical symptoms, addiction to substances, or in other ways. We work to understand the nature of the suffering and the nature of the person. We form an alliance with the patient and his or her unique strengths to work in the service of recovery.
At The Retreat, we combine the best of the science and art of modern psychiatry and behavioral healthcare. Accurate diagnosis leads to state-of-the-art medication and treatment plans. Our understanding the patient directs psychodynamically informed psychotherapy and dialectical behavior therapy. We teach DBT skills for affect management, pay attention to healthy diet and exercise and integrate Eastern approaches such as meditation and movement therapies for comprehensive healing. Most importantly, the care always involves human relationships – between patient and doctor, patient and nurse, and patient and therapist of every discipline.
When the Retreat opened in June 2002, Sheppard Pratt had over 100 years of experience in treating complex patients within humane, psychotherapeutic, and scientifically informed paradigms. The Retreat pulled what was best from that tradition. We established a small, residential, private pay unit, free from the pressures of insurance and managed care third parties, working for the best interest of the patient as our only goal. With over a decade of experience, we have found many advantages to the therapeutic intimacy of the small size of the unit, which still allows us to have specially tailored groups and one-on-one treatment for patients who suffer with treatment resistant depression, substance use disorders, borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorders, self-esteem issues, and other conditions. As before, all Retreat patients have access to all the consultative specialty services within the Sheppard Pratt Health System.