Arts and Collections Volume 2-2019

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Recovery Through Discovery An exclusive Zurich facility is taking a unique approach to psychological treatment and recovery. We talk to Dr Claudia Elsig about the luxurious CALDA Clinic By Chris Jenkins

Dr. Claudia Elsig at the CALDA Clinic

Health and wealth Zollikon’s famous sons and daughters include 16th Century reformer Klaus Hottinger, architect Bruno Giacometti and Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, billionaire chairperson of the Louis Dreyfus conglomerate, related by marriage to feted American actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus. A few kilometres away, served by motorway and lake ferry, is the Swiss capital, Zurich, famous for its National Museum, Kunsthaus Art Museum and Schauspielhaus theatre, as well as for its world-renowned financial services. So, the setting of the CALDA Clinic—its precise location is a closely-guarded secret for reasons of security and confidentiality— is ideal for the treatment of high net worth individuals who are used to the best of everything, including medical resources. So how does Dr Elsig describe her typical patients? “We specialise in personalities from business, politics, art, showbiz, nobility. In the banking business one speaks of UHNWI’s

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r Claudia Elsig, CEO of the CALDA Clinic, cuts an elegant yet businesslike figure, projecting the confidence and sophistication of the European cultured classes, together with the intellectual earnestness of a learned medical researcher. Immaculately dressed in smartly tailored designer couture, Dr Elsig’s appearance hints at a spiritual side through her ornamentation, a 2,000-year-old Egyptian scarab necklace bought in Paris. Trained in Zurich and with over 20 years of experience in psychiatry and psychotherapeutics, she speaks in precise English—though she is equally comfortable in German or French. Sitting in the luxuriously furnished surroundings of her CALDA clinic in Zollikon, an exclusive municipality in the canton of Zurich, Dr Elsig’s view is of the north-eastern ‘gold coast’ of the Lake of Zurich, so named because it bathes in the evening sun—the south-western slopes of the Pfannenstiel mountain are given over to wine growing. But the area also deserves the appellation for its low tax-rates and high property prices.

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