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Dr. phil. David Eldred


Dr. phil. David Eldred

David Eldred is a federally certified psychotherapist and member of the Swiss Professional Association for Applied Psychology. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education in the USA. Dr. Eldred came to Zurich in 1975 to study psychology under Dr. Marie-Louise von Franz (a colleague of Prof. Dr. Carl Gustav Jung from 1934 – 1961). He studied at the University of Zurich and completed his PhD in analytical psychology at Union Graduate School in Cincinnati, Ohio. From 1979 to 1981 he completed his doctoral degree at State Hospital of Lucerne Kantonsspital Luzern under the direction of Prof. Dr. Frank Nager, senior consultant in the Department of Medicine. His dissertation “The Psychodynamics of the Dying Process” was cited for its excellence by Dr. von Franz Traum in her book “On Dreams and Death” (1986).

In 1981, Dr. phil. David Eldred co-founded a research project to study the psychological processes in children with cancer, where he helped establish the first psychotherapeutic services for these children and adolescents in Switzerland. In cooperation with The University of Zurich Children’s Hospital, he provided treatment to children and their families from 1982 to 1995 and, in collaboration with the University of Zürich and the University Children’s Hospital helped produce a three-part, ninety-minute film on the psychological encounters of these children during their medical treatment. At the Pestalozzi Children’s Village in Switzerland in 1990, Dr. Eldred helped set up the first psychotherapeutic services in Switzerland for children and adolescents from war-torn nations of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. His expertise with children and adolescents over the past 38 years led to the founding of The Kusnacht Practice’s Youth Program. Throughout his career, he has treated well over a thousand patients for various forms of psychological stress, distress and psychiatric disorders.

Dr. phil. Eldred is also qualified in eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), traumatology and trauma therapy and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy which he applies along with Jungian analytical psychology. He is a specialist in trauma, substance use, eating disorders, depressive mood and anxiety and has treated patients from all around the world. He has served as a member of the medical team in various medical center’s in Zurich. In 2015 joined The Kusnacht Practice as a consultant psychotherapist, where he now works exclusively as a leading psychotherapist.

David Eldred is the author/co-author and editor/translator of several textbooks and journal articles and has given lectures at The University Children’s Hospital Zurich, The St. Urban Psychiatric Clinic of the Canton of Lucerne, The Swiss Cancer League, the Medica Congress in Düsseldorf, and Forum of Managed Care in Zurich to name a few.



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