Have You Suffered from Depression for Too Long?

Many people suffering from a mental health condition like depression have sought relief in outpatient settings and haven’t found an effective solution. Incorrect diagnoses and inadequate care can be common problems. Not responding to treatment or only getting partially better are not enough – why accept ‘better’ when thriving can be possible? 

We Determine the Right Diagnosis So You Can Find Relief

At The Retreat, we specialize in determining a person’s correct diagnosis through an intensive diagnostic assessment, and then developing a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan that works. Our team of highly trained psychiatrists has deep expertise in psychopharmacology and cutting-edge neurostimulation techniques, meaning our residents have access to well-rounded, world-class treatment options – all under one roof.

To effectively address treatment-resistant disorders, we offer:

Comprehensive diagnostic and medical evaluation with consultation from an expert psychopharmacologist

Psychotropic medications are used with the highest degree of clinical expertise.

Neurostimulation techniques

We offer electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) on-site.

Evidence-based approaches

Our clinicians are highly skilled in effective interventions, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), transference-focused psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and mentalization.

Access to highly trained psychoanalysts

All residents spend three hours per week in individual sessions with their treating doctor.

Collaborative services with our highly specialized inpatient units

Sheppard Pratt is home to some of the most specialized units in the nation; our doctors are experts in their fields.

A breadth of weekly therapeutic groups

Residents at The Retreat participate in 38 hours of group programming each week

Access to ketamine therapy with local providers

Ketamine therapy is a promising new approach to addressing treatment-resistant depression.

Why seek care at The Retreat when other treatment hasn’t worked?

Up to half of our residents have been misdiagnosed before they arrive at The Retreat. We take an in-depth, thoughtful approach to diagnosis while simultaneously beginning treatment, meaning a faster road to recovery. 

And, we don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach. At The Retreat, you’ll experience individual therapy, medication management, group therapy, experiential therapy, and more – all with the goal of finding the right care options and building a personalized treatment plan that’s effective for you.

We know our approach works – 88% of residents report reduced depressive symptoms, and 94% of residents report clinical improvement in their ability to engage in daily activity.

Meet Our Clinicians Specializing in Treatment-Resistant Depression

  • Michael Young, MD

    Medical Director, The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt
    Specialties:
    Adult Psychiatry, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders
  • Daniel Kakuska, MD

    Psychiatrist, The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt
    Specialties:
    Adult Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy
  • Christine Liszewski, MD

    Psychiatrist, The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt; Psychiatrist, Neuropsychiatry Program
    Specialties:
    Adult Psychiatry
  • Scott Aaronson, MD

    Director of Clinical Research; Psychiatrist, The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt
    Specialties:
    Adult Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Depression, Medication Management, Mood Disorders, Psychopharmacology, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Treatment-resistant Depression
  • Holly Slapinski, ACSW, LCSW-C

    Family Therapist, The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt
  • Terry Wilpers, ATR-BC

    Art Therapist, The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt
  • Joan D'Adamo, LCSW-C

    Social Worker, The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt
    Specialties:
    Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders

See Our Clinicians' Research

My depression is now in remission - life is good again.

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.