Thilo Beck at WEF Roundtable - A Roadmap to Sustainable Health and Better Well-being in the Workforce and Society

Goals House Roundtable, World Economic Forum, Davos – Thilo Beck

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What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

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Mental health and wellbeing

Exclusive stress treatment — residential rehab

Stress lies at the heart of many mental and physical health conditions. At Paracelsus Recovery, we provide treatment programmes designed to de-stress your body, mind and soul. We only have one client at a time and each treatment programme is tailor-made to suit your specific needs.

One Client at a Time

Unparalleled staff to patient ratio of 15:1

How do we treat stress

Four-week residential treatment

Seven-day Executive Detox

A day at Paracelsus Recovery


Stress treatment

While stress can damage a person’s psychological and physical health, it is also highly reversible. At Paracelsus Recovery, we can provide bespoke treatment for mental stress and its physical consequences. Our stress treatment is focused on restoring the mind-body equilibrium through biochemical restoration and numerous other therapies.

During biochemical restoration, we will provide all of the nutrients and chemicals that the body requires to function optimally. This enables the body to restore its inner equilibrium and balances out the excess cortisol. As appropriate, we will treat your stress-related condition using an individualised formula of nutritional supplements and IV solutions which can include vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other substances.

We also provide complementary therapies such as yoga, massage, acupuncture and reflexology, amongst many others. Intensive psychotherapy and psychoeducational sessions are included in the treatment programmes to help you develop healthier coping strategies for dealing with stress.

Each programme starts with a detailed assessment procedure. During this period, we will work together to create your ideal treatment plan.

In the press

The Financial Times

“Swiss clinic Paracelsus Recovery is at the pinnacle of executive recovery centers.” - Tiffanie Darke, Do you need the C-suite check-up? in The Financial Times

The Times

CEOs “will come to us when appearances, their façades, start to crumble.
That’s often the reason or the moment they will seek treatment, and not before.”

- Jan Gerber, The man the ultra-rich call when they hit rock bottom, The Times

360-Degree Treatment Approach - The most extensive and comprehensive treatment worldwide.

Medical Check-ups
& Treatments
Eye Movement Desensitisation
and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Interval Hypoxic
Hyperoxic Treatment
Probiotic Therapies
& Psychonutrition
Lifestyle &
Nutritional Counselling
& Bioresonance
& Acupuncture
Personal Training

Physical symptoms of stress include::

  • Low energy and sleep issues (feeling wired-but-tired).
  • Headaches, aches, pains and tense muscles.
  • Upset stomach, difficulty swallowing and a dry mouth.
  • Loss of sexual desire and ability.
  • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth.
  • Changes in appetite (either eating too much or not enough).

Emotional symptoms of stress include

  • Increased anxiety or constant worrying.
  • Increased nervousness (feeling as though one’s mind is racing).
  • Forgetfulness and disorganisation.
  • An inability to concentrate.
  • Feeling increasingly pessimistic.
  • Increased use of alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or unhealthy food choices.
  • Procrastinating or avoiding responsibilities.

Understanding stress

Stress is a short-term solution to short-term problems. Short bursts of stress are a normal and even healthy experience as they keep us sharp, motivated and drive us through difficult events or experiences. When a person feels stressed, the brain turns on the ‘fight-or-flight’ response which increases their heart rate, heightens their senses and provides a rush of adrenaline. Our brain also releases a hormone known as cortisol which helps restore energy lost in the fight-or-flight response. Cortisol has numerous other short-term benefits such as regulating blood sugar levels and positively impacting the hippocampus, the part of our brain in which memories are stored.

When a person experiences long-term chronic stress, the body makes far more cortisol than it can release which puts the body under an enormous amount of pressure and upsets its natural equilibrium.

Excess cortisol wears down the brain’s ability to function, regulate emotions and decreases a person’s sociability. As a result, a person may begin to suffer from the loneliness which can trigger a host of other mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, eating disorders and substance abuse issues.

Chronic stress also dramatically increases a person’s chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, skin and hair problems such as acne or psoriasis and gastrointestinal problems, amongst many other conditions. All of these stress-related consequences will also make a person feel exhausted, irritable and emotionally drained, which heightens their stress levels and can lead to a vicious and damaging cycle.

Our treatment programmes for stress-related issues include:

Four‑week residential rehabilitation and treatment programmes

Our residential treatment programmes provide comprehensive treatment for substance abuse dependency, behavioural addictions and other mental health conditions. Our team will create an individualised treatment plan that directly targets any and all elements of your emotional, physical and psychological health that are leading to excess stress in your life.

Seven‑day Executive Detox Programme

Our seven-day Executive Detox Programme is designed for anyone who needs to de-stress and restore their health but who does not have the time, or need, to complete a one-month treatment programme. It is particularly suitable for individuals who feel exhausted, stressed or burnt out.

Three‑day comprehensive health assessment

During a highly intensive assessment, our team will carry out a detailed examination of your current health condition. The three‑day programme is ideal for anyone who wants to understand how their lifestyle choices are impacting their stress levels and how to reverse any damage. We can provide treatment for stress and stress-related conditions in Zurich and London.


Chronic stress occurs when a person is under a lot of physical and psychological pressure but can recognise that once everything is under control, they will feel better. Burnout occurs when chronic stress never eases up leaving a person feeling burnt out, numb, exhausted and devoid of motivation or hope.

Long-term stress can lead to a host of physical and psychological health issues which include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, personality disorders, cardiovascular disease, abnormal heart rhythms, high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.

Treatment for stress can range from lifestyle adjustments to psychotherapy or medication. At Paracelsus Recovery, we believe treatment for stress centred on lifestyle adjustments, adequate nutrition, mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy and adequate rest is the most effective method of restoring inner balance and wellbeing.

Mental stress is a type of psychological stress that arises due to a person’s internal perception of events. For example, if a person is exhausted, they are more likely to find normal day-to-day activities stressful. Mental stress leads to a feeling of psychological distress accompanied by physiological responses such as gastrointestinal issues or an increased heart rate. Numerous factors such as trauma, personality, genetic vulnerability, lifestyle, career and diet can influence a person’s likelihood of developing mental stress.

At Paracelsus Recovery, we are fully aware that many of our clients cannot disappear from their social or professional obligations for an extended period of time. Our goal is to create a treatment programme that works for you, not the other way around. We can accommodate any individual needs in your treatment schedule, however, we would always recommend prioritising your recovery and wellbeing.

Meet the team responsible for stress treatment

Meet the team