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.

Our Evidence-Based Approach to Treating Personality Disorders

Our care 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 Mentalization, Psychodynamics, and Positive Psychiatry

38 hours of group therapy 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 choose The Retreat for personality disorder treatment?

Our DBT programming is led by Maria Mouratidis, PsyD, who has extensive formal training and years of experience in delivering DBT to a wide range of audiences. 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 to those who work with us on an outpatient basis, meaning that clients of The Retreat can continue receiving effective, evidence-based treatment once they’ve moved on from residential care.

Meet Our Clinicians Specializing in Personality Disorders

  • Maria Mouratidis, PsyD

    Psychologist, The Retreat; Personality Disorder Track Lead, The Retreat; Clinical Director, Comprehensive Outpatient Psychiatric Evaluation Service
    Specialties:
    Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Personality Disorders, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Substance Use Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Christine Liszewski, MD

    Psychiatrist, The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt; Psychiatrist, Neuropsychiatry Program
    Specialties:
    Adult Psychiatry
  • Miles S. Quaytman, MD

    Psychiatrist, The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt
    Specialties:
    Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Psychotic Disorders
  • Daniel Kakuska, MD

    Psychiatrist, The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt
    Specialties:
    Adult Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy
  • Michael Young, MD

    Medical Director, The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt
    Specialties:
    Adult Psychiatry, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders
  • Terry Wilpers, ATR-BC

    Art Therapist, The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt
  • Holly Slapinski, ACSW, LCSW-C

    Family Therapist, The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt
  • Beth Gylan, MSN, RN-BC

    Program Nurse Manager, The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt

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, anxiety, personality disorders, and co-occurring disorders.