Who We Treat

The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt serves adults 18 years of age and older. Typically, individuals come to us because their behavioral health issues have become too severe or difficult to manage on an outpatient basis. Often, but not always, the severity of the issue coincides with a period of life transition. Our physicians and therapists are known for their expertise in working with young adults desiring increased independence and personal responsibility, professionals at a crossroads, and adults managing life stressors, like retirement and loss, problems in marriage, and other interpersonal difficulties.

The most common diagnoses at admission include major depression or treatment-resistant depression, generalized anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorder, and bipolar disorder. Individuals routinely come into our care to seek clarification as to their diagnosis, and to find pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options. Approximately 40 percent of our residents have a co-occurring disorder and struggle with issues related to substance use in conjunction with a mental health issue.

Emerging Adults

At The Retreat, we are experts at working with young adults who
are having a difficult time transitioning from youth.jpgadolescence into early adulthood. For many emerging adults, this time can be extremely stressful and is usually filled with change and uncertainty, as they often live on their own for the first time, away from their parental and social support systems. Many of our young adult residents have been struggling with anxiety, depression, or addiction problems, and come to The Retreat for assistance in managing these issues, learning new coping skills, and developing greater confidence in successfully moving toward adulthood.

We work with emerging adults experiencing difficulty in:

  • Successfully transitioning to college
  • Starting a career or getting a job
  • Asserting their independence
  • Navigating relationships
  • Co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders

Professionals at a Crossroads

Many residents at The Retreat are high-powered, high-performing,
professionals.jpg and successful professionals who are having a challenging time managing their careers and relationships. Usually, these are adults who are executives and leaders, and are not used to struggling with anything or needing help. Often, they have been experiencing difficulty with their stress for a while, and come to us for guidance and solutions that will allow them to better manage their personal and professional lives.

Many professionals in our programs experience difficulty with:

  • Professional conflicts
  • Career stress and burnout
  • Marital problems
  • Parenting issues
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders

Adults Managing Life Stressors

We are skilled at working with adults and older adults experiencing
Older-couple.jpga significant life stressor that has caused them to seek residential treatment to manage the situation. For many adults, marital problems, parenting issues, and dealing with life as an empty nester can cause enough stress that they seek help from us in coping with these challenges. For others, difficulties related to grief or the loss of a loved one and preparing for retirement can cause excessive stress that requires residential treatment.

Some of the stressors adults in our program encounter include:

  • Marital problems
  • Difficulties related to parenting
  • Managing life as an empty nester
  • Grief over the loss of a loved one
  • Retirement
  • Personal changes that accompany the aging process
  • Co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders

Resident Demographics

• Average age: 42
• Average Length of Stay at The Retreat: 33 Days
• Gender: 61% female/39% male (Average census consists of approx. 2/3 female and 1/3 male)