David Eldred is a federally certified psychotherapist and member of the Schweizerischer Berufsverband für Angewandte Psychologie. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education in the USA and 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 Kantonsspital Luzern under the direction of Prof. Dr. Frank Nager, senior consultant in the Department of Medicine, on the topic of the psychodynamics of the dying process. His dissertation (“Die Psychodynamik des Sterbeprozesses”) was cited by Dr. von Franz Traum in her book ‘Traum und Tod’ (1986).
In 1981, Dr. phil. David Eldred co-founded a research project to study the psychological processes in children with cancer where he helped found the first psychotherapeutic services for these children and adolescents in Switzerland. In cooperation with The Children’s University Hospital Zurich he provided treatment to children and their families from 1982 to 1995 and, in collaboration with the University of Zürich and The Children’s University 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 he helped set up the first psychotherapeutic services in Switzerland for children and adolescents from war-torn nations of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In 1995, he co-founded the Marie-Louise von Franz Institute for Studies in Synchronicity in Zurich. Throughout his career he has treated thousands of patients for various forms of psychological stress and psychiatric disorders.
Dr. phil. Eldred is also qualified in eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), traumatology and trauma therapy and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural 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 at the Bellevue Neurocentre (Bellevue Medical Group) in Zurich and since 2015 was a consultant psychotherapist for The Kusnacht Practice, where he now works exclusively as a leading psychotherapist.
David Eldred is the author/co-author and editor/translator of a number of textbooks and journal articles and has given lectures at The Children’s University Hospital Zurich, Luzerner Psychiatrie Klinik St. Urban, Krebsliga Schweiz, the Medica Congress in Düsseldorf, and Forum Managed Care in Zurich to name a few.