Executive Mental Health


Executive Burnout

Psychiatrists and Physicians working with Privé-Swiss clients are specialists in their fields. Medical professionals are referred based on individual client needs and treatment goals. Please inquire for additional details on our recommended physician specialists. All Privé-Swiss professionals possess a minimum 20 years professional experience and are stand-outs in their fields. Additional specialists are called in as part of the Team as indicated per individual client program.   Our core Team members are below:


Heidi E. Kunzli, MS, LADC
Founder, Director


* 25 Years Experience
* Specialty: High Achiever/ "Super Achiever" professional/creative burn-out, stress,addiction & recovery issues
* Consulting Services to Treatment Programs & Health Service Providers
* Notable Achievements: Pioneer in the high-end "boutique" rehab industry Founded & directed three groundbreaking, exclusive high-end residential treatment programs: Beau Monde,  Laurel Canyon Center (for artists/creatives), and the all private Privé-Swiss program


-   MS, Psychology, Industrial/Organizational, Springfield College, Springfield, MA

-   BS, Summa Cum Laude, Human Services, Counseling, Springfield College,

Springfield, MA

CT State Licensed Alcohol/Drug Counselor


American Psychological Association

Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers
National Association Addiction Professionals

American Counseling Association

Luxury Society

Reviewer, The ASAM Criteria: Treatment Criteria for Substance-Related, Addictive, and Co-Occurring Conditions, October 2013, American Society of Addiction Medicine

Rebecca M. Wahl, MD

Diplomate: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Dr. Wahl has specialized in consultation for medically complex conditions, substance abuse, dual-diagnosis, the full spectrum of anxiety and mood disorders, eating disorders, and psychiatric manifestations following trauma.

Dr. Wahl completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University and has received several distinctions of honor including Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.  She received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, with distinction, where she elected to stay and complete her residency in psychiatry.   During her residency, Dr. Wahl worked with Yale undergraduate and graduate students through the Yale University Health Plan. She went on to serve as attending psychiatrist at Yale Psychiatric Hospital as well as working with adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients in the outpatient setting.

Dr. Wahl has a true love of learning and understanding the basic mechanisms underlying human motivation and emotion.  She has a breadth of experience in the field including over 20 years of practice.  Dr. Wahl prides herself on her ability to assess whether medication may or may not be helpful in an individual’s recovery; as in our current culture, psychopharmacology can often become a complicated part of the equation.

Dr. Wahl is Board Certified and has published in notable professional journals.  She is a member of the State of Connecticut Whiting Forensic Hospital’s Executive Committee and Chair of Pharmacy, Nutrition, and Therapeutics.   Dr. Wahl provides Medication Assisted Treatment for those struggling with substance use disorders/chemical dependency and is licensed to prescribe Suboxone.


Michael Barrios, PhD

Michael Barrios PhD Clinical Psychologist


Ph.D., Yale University, 1987
Post Doctoral Fellowship, Yale Psychiatric Institute, 1987-89
Yale Department of Psychiatry Distinguished Faculty Award, 2015

Dr. Barrios is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Barrios currently serves as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine (1989-present) and as clinical collaborator on a treatment research project on substance abuse at the APT Foundation (1987-present). Dr. Barrios specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and issues related to adult development and creativity.

“Living one’s life with courage, insight and vitality is not always easy. Relationships can be difficult, disappointing or elusive. Families and careers can be demanding and exhausting. Transitions arrive and losses mount up. Anxiety, depression, self-doubt and low motivation may arise amidst the stress.


My goal is for people to develop a nuanced understanding of their life situation, an awareness of their complex emotional habits, and an empowering sense of responsibility and freedom in moving forward. My approach includes insight-oriented and cognitive behavioral therapies. I also work with couples to resolve interpersonal difficulties.

I have worked with adults and adolescents for nearly 30 years. I trained in the Department of Psychology at Yale and at the Yale Psychiatric Institute. I am an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, and received a Distinguished Faculty Award in 2015 for my supervisory work.”


Sandra Daignalut, LCSW

Sandra Daignault, LCSW Clinical Director


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 psychoeducational workbook for all psychiatric clinicians looking to educate and support their patients wellness”, 2013, a resource used by many DBT therapists across the counry.  She has maintained a private practice for many years and has worked for, and with, several of the most respected psychiatrists in the field.


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

Elizabeth Hale-Rose LCSW Mindfulness Meditation and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapist Privé Swiss CT


Elizabeth Hale-Rose, LCSW, CPC is a clinical social worker, life coach and mindfulness meditation teacher with over 20 years experience. Liz maintains a private practice specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, depression relapse prevention and stress-reduction. Her work incorporates the evidence-based treatments of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with elements of mindfulness meditation practice, established coaching methods, positive psychology and the conscious cultivation of acceptance and compassion. She has a practical, non-dogmatic approach to helping clients develop the skills necessary to access their most resourced selves and to recharge in the deep peace found through mindful awareness. She also coaches clients around integrating mindfulness meditation and mindfulness-based skills into a sustainable daily practice.



Master of Social Work (MSW), Smith College, Northampton, MA, 1994.

Bachelor of Arts with honors in East Asian Studies, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 1990.

Professional Coach Certification, Institute for Excellence in Professional Coaching (iPEC), 2017.


Ellen Wasyl, MBA, CLC

Ellen Wasyl MBA CPC Life and Executive Coach Privé Swiss CT

20+ years diverse Fortune 500 industry experience specializing in Strategy and Innovation, M&A, Process Engineering, Organizational Design, Culture, and large-scale Change Initiatives.

As an Executive and Transformation Coach, Ellen excels at working with clients to illuminate the potential for transformation: inviting curiosity, joy, and enthusiasm to play big. She succeeds as an authentic, collaborative partner who acts with integrity to coach clients to move beyond current boundaries with clarity of intentions, objectives, and values to achieve extraordinary results.

An accomplished coach with a comprehensive corporate and Executive background who understands the complexities and challenges that individuals face. Meeting clients where they are in powerful conversations through a resonant voice of experience.


Certified ICF Leadership Coach with advanced training in Adult Development, Team Coaching, and Organizational Development.

Graduate of Georgetown University, Executive Leadership Coaching Program.

MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Stanford Graduate School of Business, Executive Education Program: Leading Change and Organizational Renewal (LCOR)


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