Codependency is a disorder of good intentions. Sufferers develop compulsive behaviour and begin to show an unhealthy reliance on others for their emotional needs.

Sound familiar? If so, you weren’t born that way. For many, the behaviour is something that is learnt as a child. The characteristics may be inherited from someone in a dysfunctional family who is themselves codependent, often alongside a person suffering a dependency problem. It is about non-confrontation of a problem and not speaking about abuse, addiction and harmful actions- which then continues. Quite a vicious cycle.

One of the difficulties for sufferers is they tend to shoulder disproportionate responsibility for other’s problems and this in turn affects self-esteem. But, rest assured, there is a solution. With the right care and attention from experts who have seen this many times before, a road to recovery can be charted and happiness restored.


The Kusnacht Practice is renowned for its absolute, dedicated attention and precision, honesty and transparency in a warm and empathetic environment.

With the pure waters of Switzerland’s Lake Zurich lapping on its nearby shores and enveloped by nature and clean air, the treatment centre offers a holistic, 360 degree, mind, body and energy rebalancing and restoration.

Its state-of-the-art facility combines Swiss standards of excellence, luxury and cutting edge, innovative technology with world-renowned medical expertise, compassion and sensitivity. Each and every patient is treated uniquely and privately in their own sumptuous, five-star residence and provided with the highest standards of professionalism, care and discretion.


Many codependents are suffering in silence. Fear, anger, pain or shame, which is ignored or denied, could be an outcome of the disorder. Underlying issues may also include physical, emotional or sexual abuse suffered in childhood.

You might be experiencing problems with self-esteem and self-love. It is as if your existence and own reality is owned by someone else. Many feel vulnerable and worthless, with sufferers often hating themselves.

You may think you can repair your relationship yourself, while neglecting your own needs and emotional wellbeing in order to try and save the partnership.

A codependent partner may choose to stay in a destructive relationship rather than be left living alone. Behaviour that borders on abusive is tolerated, as an individual tries to keep what is a one-sided and destructive relationship together.


  • Low self-esteem and lacking self-trust
  • Having difficulty making decisions
  • Having difficulty identifying one’s own feelings
  • Problems communicating with others
  • Fear of abandonment
  • Over-controlling others
  • Neglecting personal needs
  • Chronic feelings of boredom and emptiness


As you would expect, with so many suffering from such issues, there have been great advances in treatments for codependency. Your problems can be addressed and resolved smoothly by our professionals, skilled in the use of the highest level of evidence-based treatments.

Our empathic and nurturing approach is absolute - with a holistic, 360 degree recovery plan. We will have successfully treated many just like yourself and we never pass judgement. Please be assured, we are renowned for our discretion, creating a secure and protective environment where we can focus on nothing more than making you better. Our treatment plans are unique and absolutely personalised but, with such relationship-based problems, we would concentrate on building resilience and self-esteem, constructing a path to independence rather than submissiveness.

The effectiveness of interpersonal therapy is often strengthened by cognitive methods that allow us to confront a dysfunctional dependent. It’s all about restructuring and remodelling relationships and teaching one to learn to value oneself.

We will always be here for you and there is nothing to fear, so make the leap and with our warmth and sensitivity we can bring you back to good health.

“I felt trapped in an unhealthy household but with the unparalleled team at The Kusnacht Practice, I was able to confront the pain in my life. For that, I will be eternally grateful.”

Michaela, 37

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