Do You Have Difficulty Managing Extreme Emotions in Stressful Situations?

There’s a common misconception that people with personality disorders, like borderline personality disorder or narcissistic personality disorder, will never experience relief from their symptoms – that simply isn’t true. At The Retreat, our team of psychiatric experts are here to provide treatment for personality disorders to help you live a better life.

Our Evidence-Based Approach to Treatment for Personality Disorders

Our treatment for personality disorders heavily focuses on both psychodynamic psychotherapy and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) – approaches that are proven to be effective in helping people suffering from personality disorders find a path forward.

We help residents learn and implement the specific skills they need to manage difficult emotions and not act on them in unhealthy, or even dangerous, ways. 

Personality disorders impact people from all walks of life – at The Retreat, we specialize in helping those who have not seen satisfactory results from traditional therapeutic programs thrive.

At The Retreat, We Offer:

Several weekly DBT groups

Our DBT offerings are delivered by providers who have received extensive training and have deep experience in DBT.

24/7 in-the-moment DBT skills coaching

The Retreat is staffed by highly trained clinicians around-the-clock.

Evidence-based groups, including Psychodynamics and Positive Psychiatry

Up to 35 hours of group programming is offered every week at The Retreat.

Family psychoeducation

Personality disorders can be complex diagnoses - we equip residents and their families with the knowledge and skills they need for after discharge.

Transference-focused psychotherapy

This therapeutic modality has been shown to be effective for both borderline personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder.

Mentalization-based therapy

This is an evidence-based approach that is rooted in developmental research.

Good Psychiatric Medicine (GPM)

An evidence-based approach to addressing a variety of personality disorders.

Why Seek Treatment for Personality Disorders at The Retreat?

Our personality disorders track and DBT programming is led by doctors with years of experience working with individuals with personality disorders. We also offer several other evidence-based modalities, meaning that individuals with personality disorders will find the right therapeutic fit at The Retreat.

And, all of our residential offerings extend to residents of Ruxton House and Magnolia House, meaning that clients of The Retreat can continue receiving effective, evidence-based treatment.

Meet Our Clinicians Specializing in Treatment for Personality Disorders

  • Daniel Kakuska, MD

    Psychiatrist, The Retreat by Sheppard Pratt
    Adult Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy
  • Michael Young, MD

    Medical Director, The Retreat by Sheppard Pratt
    Adult Psychiatry, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders
  • Terri Griffith, PsyD

    Psychologist, The Retreat by Sheppard Pratt; Clinical Coordinator, The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt
    Eating Disorders
  • Jeffrey LaPratt, PsyD

    Lead Psychologist, DBT
    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Personality Disorders, Trauma Disorders, Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors, Forensic Psychology

See Our Clinicians' Research

I was very lucky to have the support I had at Ruxton House and The Retreat. They basically saved my life. I don’t know where I would be otherwise.

Even when life feels out of control, solutions are within reach.

The Retreat offers residential psychiatric rehabilitation to people experiencing behavioral health issues, including depression, OCD, anxiety, personality disorders, and co-occurring disorders.