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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The Pandemic-Push: Why are so Many People Suddenly Buying Prescription Drugs Online?

Prescription-med sales skyrocket due to the pandemic, but when does use become abuse? Paracelsus Recovery’s experts weigh in. More and more people are illegally purchasing prescription medication such as anxiety or sleeping pills online as the pandemic takes its toll on our wellbeing. The pandemic has left a mental health crisis in its wake. Rates…

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What is Narcissism?

On Wednesday, Harvey Weinstein’s 23-year prison-sentence marked a historic moment. Because many have called him a narcissistic, Paracelsus Recovery explains what narcissism actually is. Narcissism is a highly complex personality disorder (NPD). A personality disorder is a type of mental illness that leads an individual to have a distorted pattern of thinking and relating to reality. In…

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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.