Founder and Medical Director
Medical Specialist for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Dr. Claudia M. Elsig has over more than 20 years experience in the area of psychiatric and psychotherapeutic medicine. She studied at the medical faculty of the Zurich University and after this completed an extensive and deepened training in various evidence-based psychotherapeutic methods. She specialised on psycho-traumatology. Out of a deep interest for the effects of psychological and physical traumas like post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, eating disorders, the whish in her grew to help those people individually, holistic and sustaining.
On the way to a multi-specialist she looked for the best mentors in Europe for behavioural therapy, hypnosis, EMDR and enactive trauma therapy, amongst others Prof. Walter Bongarzt, Prof. Klaus Grawe, Prof. Waldemar Greil, Dr. Ellert R.S. Nijenhuis. With Dr. Kira Kubenz she passed through training in genetics and genetic consultation with the focus on addiction, depression and anxiety disorders and discovered the fascination of epigenetics. For years she managed the special consultation for clinical hypnosis at a private clinic in Zurich.
In 2004 she founded the calda ag and developed an individual integrative treatment concept for psychological diseases.
In 2008 Dr. Elsig co-founded The Kusnacht Practice. Until 2015, she shaped this institution for addictions as medical director and head psychiatrist. she deepened her knowledge on multiple types of addiction and their effects. Owning to various well-known artists and prominent personalities who were treated under her leadership, The Kusnacht Practice gained international fame at that time.
After The Kusnacht Practice was sold to foreign entrepreneurs, she founded the CALDA Clinic in 2015. The aim was to optimize the personalized 1:1 treatment concept she had already developed, and to bring the medical and therapeutic focus back to the fore. She is very proud that the exclusive CALDA Concept that she originally developed was awarded an international prize, the “European Award in Medicine”.
Today, she is the manager of the CALDA Clinic for in-patient clients at Lake Zurich and the CALDA Practice, an outpatient, psychiatric-psychotherapeutic practice in Kusnacht. Furthermore, she is a demanded referee and trainer. She is entitled to utmost professionality paired with authenticity and efficiency is part of all her activities.
Studies Medical Faculty University Zurich/CH
Psychiatric private clinic Sanatorium Kilchberg, Kilchberg/CH (Prof. Dr. med. W.Greil)
Tübingen Academy for Behavioural Therapy TAVT, Kilchberg/CH (Frau Dipl.- Psych. F. T. Zimmer)
European School of Hypnotherapy ESH, Konstanz/D (Prof. Dr. W. Bongartz)
Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich/CH (Prof. Dr. med. D. Hell)
Institute for Psychologic Therapy, Zurich/CH (Prof. Dr. K. Grawe)
Psychiatric Private Clinic Sanatorium Kilchberg, Outpatient Horgen, Horgen/CH (Prof. Dr. med. W. Greil)
Founding of calda ag, Kusnacht/CH
Practice for Orthopaedic Surgery, Kusnacht/CH (Dr. med. J. P. J. Elsig)
Psychotherapeutic Institute im Park, EMDR-Institute Switzerland, Schaffhausen/CH (Raimund Dörr)
Head of Special Consultation Hour Clinical Hypnosis, Psychiatric Private Clinic Sanatorium Kilchberg, Kilchberg/CH (Dr. med. R. Bridler)
Medical Director and Head of Psychiatry, The Kusnacht Practice AG, Kusnacht/CH
Psychotherapeutic Institute im Park, EMDR-Institute Switzerland, Schaffhausen/CH (Dr. Ellert R.S. Nijenhuis)
CALDA Practice, private Medical Psychiatric-Psychotherapeutic Practice, Kusnacht/CH
Foundation and Medical Management of CALDA Clinic, Kusnacht/CH
Diplomas and Certificates.member-step
Doctor’s Diploma Swiss Confederation
Doctorate in Medicine, Medical Faculty University Zurich
Clinical Hypnosis Therapist ESH
Certificate of Competence for Medical Hypnosis FMH/ SMSH
Supervisor for Medical Hypnosis SMSH
Behavioural Therapist SGVT
Medical Specialist for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Swiss Confederation, FMH
Module Genetics and Genetic Consultancy, Dresden International University DIU
Module Depression, Addiction and Anxiety Disorders, Dresden International University DIU
Accredited Practitioner EMDR
- Medical Society of Canton Zurich AGZ
- German Society for Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy DGH
- German Society for Art and Psychopathology of Expression DGPA
- EMDR Switzerland
- Union of Swiss Doctors FMH
- Swiss Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy SGPP
- Swiss Society for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy SGVT
- Swiss Medical Society for Hypnosis SMSH
- Swiss Society for Anti Aging Medicine and Prevention SSAAMP
- Clinic Pyramide am See, Zurich
- Private Clinic Bethanien, Zurich