Founded in 1845, Privatklinik Wyss is the oldest private psychiatric clinic in Switzerland and is still owned by the fifth generation of the founding family. That means the clinic, which today has a service mandate from the Canton Bern, is older than the federation itself. Some 90 inpatient beds are available at the clinic's primary location in Münchenbuchsee (Canton Berne); there is also a psychotherapy day clinic (5 days a week) and a structure day clinic (1 day a week). The clinic also provides outpatient services in Berne (Salem-Spital) and Biel (Klinik Linde). This chain of treatment (outpatient – semi-inpatient – inpatient) ensures that the individual needs of the patient can be met, and facilitates continuity of care from a single source. In addition, inpatient services are offered for the hospitalisation of mothers and their babies, as well as for individuals aged 60 and above.
More than 260 qualified members of staff work to ensure the provision of a comprehensive range of treatments and accommodation services, with a focus on the following areas:
- Depressive disorders and burnout
- Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders
- Addictive disorders (alcohol, prescription drugs)
- Psychological problems of early old age
- Eating disorders (bulimia, obesity)
- Sleep disorders
- Self-confidence training
- Training of emotional competence in cases of emotional instability and post-traumatic stress disorder
Patients with all psychological disorders are accepted as a rule, regardless of place of residence (canton, country) and insurance status. The specialist medical and psychological individual therapies, the wide range of workshops and group psychotherapy options facilitate comprehensive and sustainable treatment with the aim of achieving reintegration into active life, which is also supported by areas including the in-house social-services department.