WORLD-CLASS CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AND EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY OF PERSONALIZED CARE
From the highest credentialed and experienced licensed mental health professionals and holistic wellness practitioners to personal fitness trainers and health coaches, the Privé-Swiss wellness experience is focused solely on you, your needs, and the achievement of your goals, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.
Be assured that your care plan is guided on an individual basis, and you will receive personal attention every step of the way.
James Duffy, MD, FANPA, FAAHPM, DABMA
Dr. Duffy is an internationally known neuropsychiatrist and integrative medicine physician with over 30 years of extensive clinical and academic experience.
Trained at Harvard and Brown universities, Dr. Duffy has been a full professor at several prestigious medical schools including Cornell, University of California San Francisco, the University of Texas, and the University of Connecticut. He is a past president of the Institute of Spirituality and Health.
Dr. Duffy is an elected Fellow of the American Neuropsychiatric Association and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has edited textbooks and published widely in peer-reviewed journals and medical textbooks. He has been voted a “Best Doctor in America” since 2001. He speaks at national medical conferences and has received teaching awards at Brown University and University of California San Francisco.
Dr. Duffy has extensive experience developing programs designed to enhance professional renewal and resilience. He also has extensive experience working with high-profile executives, leaders, and artists. He is a regular faculty member at the renowned Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.
Dr. Duffy may well be the only physician in the United States to have been board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, integrative medicine, palliative medicine, and medical acupuncture. He has been a leader in supporting the emergence of neuropsychiatry, palliative medicine, and integrative mental healthcare in the United States.
His unique skills combine training in brain and behavior relationships, psychotherapy, mind-body practices, integrative medicine, and acupuncture.
Dr. Duffy will perform a comprehensive evaluation that includes an assessment of the specific physical, neurological, psychiatric, psychodynamic, and lifestyle factors that may be impacting the client’s total wellbeing. His clinical approach is organized around the two pillars of identifying and addressing each person’s unique vulnerabilities, whilst also supporting their unique and remarkable inherent capacity for flourishing.
As an integrative neuropsychiatrist, Dr. Duffy has the truly unique training to combine recent advances in behavioral neuroscience with the wisdom of ancient healing traditions. As appropriate, he may recommend further neurological assessments, medications, herbs and supplements, mind-body practices, lifestyle modifications, psychotherapy, or acupuncture. He also provides guidance in approaches to enhancing performance excellence utilizing innovative contemplative and psychological approaches.
What is an Integrative Neuropsychiatrist?
“An integrative neuropsychiatrist has extensive training in how to understand and optimize the neurological (brain and behavior connection), psychological, transpersonal, and environmental factors that influence each person’s unique capacity for flourishing. The integrative neuropsychiatrist works with each patient to address both their challenges, and also optimize their unique capacity to flourish.
A traditional allopathic psychiatrist focuses on the prescription of medications and/or treatments such as ECT or transcranial magnetic stimulation to reduce symptoms. An integrative neuropsychiatrist can also prescribe these treatment options when appropriate but will also consider other evidence-based options such as Mind-Body practices, acupuncture, movement practices, supplements, and lifestyle factors.
This means that the integrative neuropsychiatrist works with an integrative team to offer every patient a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan that will optimize their capacity to flourish”.
Dr. Duffy is scheduling new patients and offering several cutting-edge, exciting wellness programs at our Ivoryton location starting in July 2021.
David London, MD, FAPA
Dr. London has over 40 years experience working with individuals seeking relief and a way to thrive in their lives! Combining Eastern traditions such as acupuncture, yoga, and meditation, for example, with modern Western Psychiatry, Dr. London employs an integrative blend of conventional and alternative healing strategies that support the whole person. Decreasing stress and boosting one’s immunity and psychological resilience can help the body cope better, heal more quickly, and maintain health. There are many healing techniques that help to reduce tension, anxiety, depression and insomnia, improving overall mental, physical and spiritual well being. They also provide tools that help increase control over one’s behavior in positive ways.
Critical to effective treatment is knowing which techniques to employ when, and in what combination with other complementary methods. Dr. London’s years of clinical experience, continuous education and training gives him mastery for both the art of creative application and the science of healing disciplines.
A.B., M.D., Intern: George Washington University
Residency in Psychiatry: Yale University
Fellowship in Clinical Research and Treatment of Prolonged Psychiatric Disorder: Yale University
Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry: Yale University
Medical Acupuncture – Joe Helms, MD, Medical Acupuncture for Physicians: University of California Los Angeles
Five Element Spirit of the Acupuncture Points – Lonny Jarrett, L.Ac.: Stockbridge, MA
Chinese Herbal Medicine – Jeffrey Yuen, L.Ac.: Chinatown Wellness Center:
New York City
Essential Oils – Peter Holmes, L.Ac.: New York City
Five Element Spirit of the Herbs – Thea Elijah, L.Ac.: Leyden, MA
Functional Medicine – The Institute for Functional Medicine:
Federal Way, Washington
Contemplative Psychotherapy – Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, New York City
Opus 23 Generative Medicine – Peter D’Adamo,ND – Center of Excellence: Bridgeport, CT
200 Hour RYT, Yoga of Energy Flow, Daniel Orlansky, Cambridge, MA
Board-certification in general psychiatry and integrative holistic medicine;
IFM certified Functional Medicine practitioner
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry: Yale University
Clinical Scope of Practice
Private practice of office-based, integrative, holistic psychiatry in Connecticut. All types of neuropsychiatric issues and related health problems, perform consultations for school, work or legal purposes, and offer executive coaching and peak performance training.
Sean Going, LAc, DACM
Dr. Sean Going (DACM, LAc.) is passionate about using Asian medicine, philosophy, mindfulness practices, and clinical research to assist patients as they discover vitality of mind, body and spirit. His work promotes and manifests joyfulness and health in the world around him.
Dr. Going’s background in mental healthcare, coupled with his studies in both spiritual and religious themes, greatly enrich his practice of Asian Medicine and enable him to treat patients on multiple levels beyond managing only their symptoms.
Dr. Going began his career in healthcare working as a clinical case manager for adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses. While working as a mental healthcare provider, Dr. Sean began receiving acupuncture treatments. His personal experiences with Chinese Medicine inspired his curiosity, and he began studying the medicine in his free time. In 2007, he entered his graduate studies as a full-time Masters Candidate at the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ASAOM). In 2009, he completed ASAOMs optional Tuina Chinese Medical Bodywork program and was certified as a practitioner of Tuina (Traditional Chinese Medical Massage).
In 2010, Sean completed ASAOM’s Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a comprehensive, full-time, four-year program (condensed into three years) for Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. At graduation, Sean was awarded special recognitions of “Highest Distinction” for academic achievements and presented with ASAOM’s Outstanding Leadership Award.
Following his graduation, Sean elected to travel to Haikou, China so that he may attend a clinical internship as a full-time Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine. At the Haikou Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, he witnessed or assisted in over 2,600 treatments.
In 2019, Dr. Sean completed his Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) through Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California.
Ranging from 16 month-old infants to 96 year-old adults, Dr. Going is skilled at helping patients with a wide variety of concerns including: anxiety, depression, other mental health conditions, pain, digestive disorders, menstrual irregularities, menopausal symptoms, headaches, fatigue, relationship challenges and physical or emotional trauma.
Professional and approachable, he looks forward to spending his time with you to both help and encourage you in your journey to find the healthiest and happiest expressions of who you are.
Suzanne Murphy, DC
Dr. Murphy has more than 25 years of experience and combines hands-on techniques and physiotherapy procedures to create a treatment plan for clients of all ages with acute and chronic injuries and conditions. Murphy is a 1993 cum laude graduate of Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon where she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree and served as a volunteer physician with the Portland Ballet, treating professional dancers and their injuries. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a specialty in Exercise and Systems Physiology from Rutgers College. It was during her time at Rutgers as a college athlete that Murphy was initially drawn to the study of biomechanics and kinesiology, performing research to study the effects of sports movements on joints and prevention of injury. A member of the American Chiropractic Association and the New York And Connecticut Chiropractic Associations, she currently volunteers with local high schools and club teams to prevent sports injuries and promote proper performance nutrition.
Jonathan Goodman, ND
A naturopathic physician, lecturer, teacher, industry leader and author, Dr. Jonathan Goodman pursued his medical training at Bastyr University of Natural Health Sciences in Seattle, receiving his Doctorate in 1999. He completed his residency at Griffin Hospital’s Integrative Medicine Center, where conventional and holistic doctors collaborate in patient care.
He is also the author of The Omega Solution, an easy to understand guide to the health benefits of essential fatty acids. Dr. Goodman serves as vice president of the Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association.
Dr. Goodman has undergone training in The Bredesen Protocol, a groundbreaking, comprehensive approach to finding and treating the CAUSE(S) of cognitive decline. As an approved Bredesen practitioner, Dr. Goodman can help you or your loved ones more effectively address or prevent Alzheimer’s and other diseases.
Dr. Goodman has also received training in treating Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through ILADS, the leading medical society for the comprehensive treatment of acute and chronic tick-borne disease. In addition to this training, Dr. Goodman has spent time shadowing leading lyme-literate practitioners including Richard Horowitz, MD and Thomas Moorcroft, DO.
Sandy Daignault, LCSW, MATS
Sandra (Sandy) Daignault, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker who brings to our program over 20 years clinical experience, and a reputation as one of the top Dialectical Behavioral therapists in CT. She most recently created and directed the Integrative Behavioral Health Program at Middlesex Hospital, Middletown CT. Previously, she was the lead group therapist and staff educator for well over a decade at Yale Psychiatric Hospital. She piloted and implemented what has been considered the most successful therapeutic program the hospital had ever offered as part of its psychiatric and addiction services. Sandy worked in both the inpatient and intensive outpatient service lines at Yale. Through her work at the hospitals, she has shown the importance of including psychiatric services as an essential component of providing the best wholistic health care – combining a mind and body approach along with working closely with primary care physicians helps patients to achieve maximum wellness.
Sandy Daignault is author of the book, “Come To Group!: an essential psycho-educational workbook for all psychiatric clinicians looking to educate and support their patients wellness”, 2013, a resource used by many DBT therapists across the country. She has maintained a private practice for many years and has worked for, and with, several of the most respected psychiatrists in the field.
Sandy started with Privé Swiss CT providing private dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) services to our clients as part of the Privé Swiss CT Psychological/Emotional Retreat program. As Programs Director, she oversees all aspects of programming provided to Privé Swiss clients, as well as case management and clinical liaison with providers within each client’s community. She continues as our expert DBT therapist for Privé Swiss clients, as well as maintaining a private practice.
“The best type of therapy is a combination of all the great therapies.” Sandy knows that no single approach is the right fit for our clients and ensures that clients receive the very best clinical services available.
Master of Social Work (MSW) | University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 1995
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology | Keen State College, Keene, NH, 1992
Associate of Science in Chemical Dependency | Keen State College, Keene, NH, 1992
Dialectical Behavior Therapy Certification | Yale Medical School, New Haven CT, 2016
Elizabeth Hale-Rose, LCSW, CPC
Elizabeth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (MSW, Smith College, 1994) who specializes in treating mood and anxiety disorders and has a special interest in integrating mindfulness into clinical work and self-development. She has studied Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for depression relapse prevention with Zindel Segal, PhD, and has studied many additional relaxation and meditation practices. She has extensive teaching experience.
Joanna Crowell, MS, LPC, LADC
Joanna is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors. She holds a Master of Science in Community Counseling from SCSU. Joanna is an experienced Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Drug & Alcohol Counselor. She has written and provided lectures on treating addiction, and is certified by Medication Assisted Therapy to help the growing population of people addicted to opiates and other substances. Joanna is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. In addition to EMDR, Joanna utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and Existential Therapies.
Comer Rudd-Gates, NCC, ATR, LPC, CEDS
Comer has been a practicing Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor for over 25 years. She specializes in depression, anxiety, disordered eating/ eating disorders, body image, trauma, grief, relationships and the role of creativity in one’s healing. She produced a film, Bodyspeaks, about women healing their bodies. Comer is passionate about the importance of prevention/education that offers hope and the possibility of change.
Ellen J. Wasyl, MBA, CLC
Ellen has over 20 years of Fortune 500 experience in strategy and innovation, mergers and acquisitions, organizational design, internal culture, and large-scale change initiatives. Ellen knows what it’s like to reach a place of corporate burnout. The chronic stress, strained relationships, and constant demand to be more and do more can often clutter our vision of what’s possible, resulting in what feels like an emergency tailspin.
Ellen’s work as a Possibilitarian® is fueled by a desire to use her past experiences to help you see the possibilities in your own life and become unstoppable by believing in them. Ellen has been in the same place you are, and by believing in her own possibilities, she has been able to use her curiosity and love of learning to encourage others to discover their own possibilities and live more fulfilling lives.
Formally, she has strengthened the foundation as:
- Trained administrator of the Enneagram for Personality Types as a tool for transformation
- Leader with advanced training in Adult Development, Team Coaching, and Organizational Development
- Trained administrator of The Leadership Circle 360 and Cultural Surveys – providing MRI like precision into creative competencies, reactive tendencies and the underlying internal assumptions (beliefs) that run behavior
Ellen is also a Certified ICF Leadership Coach. The ICF, the world’s largest organization of professionally trained coaches, awards credentials to professionals who meet stringent education and experience requirements.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, MBA
Georgetown University Executive Leadership Coaching Program
Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education Program: Leading, Change and Organizational Renewal (LCOR)
Brigitta Jansen, MS, CN
Brigitta addresses the root cause of chronic disease instead of just managing symptoms by utilizing blood chemistry, metabolic testing, GI panels, food sensitivity testing, genetic/hormone testing and diet/ health history to determine one’s nutrient needs. Her focus is on healing the gut using the 5R program, as well as gentle detoxing and rebalancing of nutrient levels.
Brigitta is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Bridgeport (Masters in Human Nutrition,) and holds a BS in Neuroscience from University College London, UK. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the American College of Nutrition.
Betty Hamilton, RN, BSN, MA, CCH, CYT, R.M.T.
Betty Hamilton is a registered nurse, has her Master of Arts in Experiential Health and Healing and is a certified hypnotherapist. Betty has spent 40 years as a registered nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital. She became interested in complementary healing while getting a master’s degree in Experiential Health and Healing from the Graduate Institute in Bethany, CT. Her passion and results for hypnosis inspired her to open her private practice dedicated to helping and healing people through Hypnosis and Reiki.
Debbie Sodergren, R.M.T
Debbie Sodergren is a nationally certified Reiki Master Teacher, Energy Body Vibration Coach, Meditation teacher, author, speaker, and owner of Up Vibrations, LLC. A graduate of the New England School of Metaphysics in 1998, she is also trained in chakra balancing, vibrational medicine, channeling, and is an Infinite Possibilities Trainer. Debbie works with people in groups and one on one sessions providing energy work and education on how to craft and execute a powerful strategic plan of wellbeing in order for people to live their most authentic and fulfilled lives. Debbie has also written the book, Just Be….Your Path to Meditation & Awareness.
Tracee Dolan, LMT
Tracee Dolan is a Licensed Massage Therapist & Yoga Instructor. She took her 200hr training in 2009 with Prana Power Yoga of Boston & has studied as much as possible ever since! Most recent studies include: Prenatal Yoga with Gurmukh, Functional Anatomy with Ellen Heed & Restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky. A graduate of The Massage School of Boston, Tracee also practices Cupping Therapy & Reiki. She currently teaches Massage & Restorative Yoga workshops, heated & non heated Vinyasa classes, parent+child partner yoga classes, Baby Massage & Yoga classes, Chakra clearing meditation+Yoga Workshops & BarefootBands™ Yoga classes. Tracee’s wish is that we make the time for our yoga & meditation practice so we may “practice” feeling good in our body, heart & mind on & off of our mat.
Augusten Burroughs is the author of the autobiographical works “Running with Scissors,” “Dry,” “Magical Thinking,” “Possible Side Effects” and “A Wolf at the Table,” all of which were New York Times bestsellers. “Running with Scissors” remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over three consecutive years and was made into a Golden Globe-nominated film starring Annette Bening. Augusten’s latest book is called “Toil & Trouble.”
Twice named to Entertainment Weekly’s list of the funniest people in America, Augusten has also been the subject of a Vanity Fair cover story and a Jeopardy! answer. His books have made guest appearances in two James Patterson novels, one Linkin Park music video, numerous television shows and a porn movie.
Both “Running with Scissors” and “Dry” are used in colleges and universities all over America. “Dry” is one of the standard “recovery” books in many treatment centers. His work has been translated into more than 35 languages. He holds an honorary Doctor of Letters from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Augusten has been profiled by newspapers and magazines throughout the world including Time, People, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian UK, and countless others. His self-help book, “This is How”, has been adopted by many therapists who use it in practice with their clients.