Affluent Neglect

Society expresses great concern for poor, underserved children and the increased likelihood they may lack access to health care and education, or that they may turn to drugs or crime in adulthood. Less attention is paid to children of affluent parents who have their own set of problems. Emotional neglect often goes unnoticed or unreported, which may…

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph. in the 1980s, is a type of talk therapy originally designed for high-risk, suicidal people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Today, DBT is used to treat people struggling with a range of complex and intense emotions, including substance abuse and addiction, PTSD, bipolar disorder, eating disorders,…

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Benefits of Yoga in Addiction Treatment

In general terms, yoga is an exercise that benefits the body, mind and spirit through an integration of breathing techniques, strengthening exercises, postures and meditation. There are many types of yoga; all are beneficial. Although yoga is a centuries-old practice, it is a relatively new treatment modality in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. Acceptance…

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Why Some People Think Sex Addiction Doesn’t Exist

Does sex addiction really exist? Is sexual addiction a true disorder? Or is hypersexuality just an excuse for irresponsible behavior or infidelity? Those are complicated questions, and even experts in the world of behavioral health and addiction will probably never agree on the answers.  Many people think hypersexuality should be classified as an addiction. They…

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Brigitte Benkert

Nurse Practitioner, MScN, RN; Senior Clinical Coordinator.

Brigitte holds a Master of Science degree in Advanced Nursing Practice which she acquired at Zurich University of Applied Science (ZHAW) in Switzerland. Her core competencies are: Comprehensive and systematic assessment of health and illness parameters in complex situations, incorporating diverse and culturally sensitive approaches. Design, implementation and evaluation of therapeutic interventions based on nursing science and other sciences. Development and sustainment of therapeutic relationships and partnerships with clients (and their families) as well as with the involved professionals to facilitate optimal care and outcomes. The ability to educate and guide individuals through complex health and situational transition. Furthermore, Brigitte has ten years of professional experience as a registered nurse with a focus on women’s health. Ten years as a Clinical Nursing Specialist with a focus on Geriatrics and Palliative Care qualifies her as an excellent health professional with a holistic approach.