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Sanatorium Kilchberg

Patients with general inscurance

Sanatorium Kilchberg is the oldest and most renowned institute in Zurich for people in need of psychiatric care. We have supported, attended to and cared for adults over the last 150 years. We offer outpatient, day care and inpatient psychiatric and psychotherapeutic treatment in accordance with the latest scientific knowledge. Among our specialities are internist services, geriatric psychiatry, and our treatment centre for people with eating disorders.

Outpatient services
The treatments offered by our outpatient clinics are geared towards people with psychological illnesses who do not require residential care.

This includes conditions such as depression, manic-depressive illnesses, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, forms of schizophrenic disorders, adjustment and stress disorders, dementia and addictive disorders.

The services offered by the outpatient clinics of the sanatorium should be viewed as supplementing the services already offered by registered doctors and psychologists in the region.

Outpatient clinic
  • Individual therapies
  • Group therapie (Flyer in German)
  • Psychological evaluations
  • Neuropsychological evaluations
  • Pharmacological treatment
  • Special consultations  
  • Counselling for family members
  • Social counselling
  • Consulting and liaison work
  • Geriatric psychotherapy
  • Memory clinic
  • Memory training
  • Geriatric psychiatry and neuropsychiatric treatment



Inpatient services

Sanatorium Kilchberg can offer seven inpatient possibilities for patients with general insurance.

  • General psychiatric acute care units D1, D2, D3 and B2.1
    We offer inpatient acute treatment and diagnosis for all psychiatric diseases and psychiatric emergencies for adults up to 65 years of age. The therapy follows the best available scientific evidence  and employs psychotherapeutic principles in an environmental framework. Our treatment teams combine professional knowledge in psychiatry, psychotherapy, biological treatment methods (in particular psychopharmacology, light and sleep restriction therapy, neurology and internal medicine.

    In addition, we also offer ergotherapy, proactive therapies  as well as physiotherapy and movement therapy. Support from our in-house social counselling service is also available.

    The person in question is intensively attended to and cared for during the period of acute crisis. If requested, other affected parties (relatives, outpatient therapist, employer, etc.) can be included in the treatment process.

    Each of the four units contains 20 treatment places in one and two bed rooms. The units are divided into the following four specialisations of "dependency-related illnesses (detoxification treatment only, not withdrawal therapy )", "crisis intervention", "psychoses", and "mood disorders (depressions, bipolar disorders)". In general though, every illness can be treated at any of the units. The D-units can also offer the use of beds in the secure area, for example in cases where there is the risk of self-endangerment or a danger to others.   

    The treatment goal of each individual case is a reduction of the acute disease symptoms taking into account biopsychosocial factors, the development of a disease treatment plan, a stabilisation and careful preparation for post-treatment in daily life.
  • Geriatric Psychiatry Units B2-2 and B3
    The range of treatments on offer here are designed for people aged 65 and over with acute psychiatric illnesses. Elderly and very elderly patients with special needs (e.g. complex medical, psychological and social) can avail of treatment in two geriatric psychiatry units manned by professional teams. The goals of the interdisciplinary care offered are the best-possible recovery of the patient’s standard of life which has been affected by the disease and the promotion of mental, functional and social capabilities. Essential treatment elements are psychotherapy (individual and group sessions), pharmacotherapy, specific geriatric psychiatric care, social work, activity therapy, memory training, physiotherapy, as well the organisation of outpatient support possibilities. In addition, we attach great importance to building a constructive collaboration between caregivers and relatives.

    The open unit offers 12 treatment places in both single and twin rooms. Our secure unit houses 18 treatment places in total, also divided among single and twin rooms. We focus on the assessment and treatment of dementias, dementia-related behavioural disorders, as well as specific geriatric psychiatric rehabilitation.
  • Psychotherapy unit A
    At our psychotherapy unit, we treat people with obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, burnout syndrome and anxiety disorders. However, the main focus is on the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder and eating disorders. Our therapy follows an integrative approach with an emphasis on cognitive behavioural treatment. As much as possible the therapy follows scientific based principles of therapy and is chosen and adapted to suit the needs of our patients. Individual and group psychological therapy is at the heart of our care. We can also call upon a broad range of psychological, occupational therapeutic and physiotherapeutic group therapies. Besides this, all of the typical treatment methods known to modern psychiatry can be employed for certain indications. For example, drug therapies and biological treatment procedures for depression (light therapy, sleep restriction therapy). Our patients and their relatives receive professional support from our social counselling service. Physical illnesses are treated by our internal medicine service.

    The unit, which overlooks Lake Zurich, is located in the original main sanatorium building and comprises 21 treatment places. Accommodation is offered in one and two bed rooms.
Sanatorium Kilchberg offers individualised psychotherapies with a focus on cognitive behavioural therapy. The objective is to cultivate individual resources and strengths, and to work together with the patient to develop a positive outlook for the future. Based on a differential, individualised therapy plan, both disorder-specific and general psychotherapeutic methods are used. We offer individual therapy, group therapies, couple therapy and family counselling. If necessary, we also carry out neuropsychological evaluations. All of our therapy methods are based on the latest findings on the effectiveness of psychotherapy and how it works.
Internal medicine and neurology
There are several doctors at Sanatorium Kilchberg who, in addition to being specialists in psychiatry, also specialise in internal medicine or neurology. The skills they provide complement our psychiatric–psychotherapeutic services and ensure that our residential and day clinic patients or – in emergency cases – outpatients receive full treatment.

These physicians offer assistance with the detection, further evaluation and treatment of physical illnesses or undesirable side effects of medication. Necessary evaluations such as, for example, lab work, ECG, ultrasound or EEG are carried out at the sanatorium. We can arrange for more extensive diagnostic measures, such as radiological evaluations or additional examinations by specialists in other fields, to be performed externally.
Social counselling
Our social counselling staff advise patients at Sanatorium Kilchberg and their family members on questions related to the areas of living, work and daily routines, finances, insurance and legal issues. The information, advice and mediation provided in this context are intended to promote autonomy and self-sufficiency.
Our healthcare and nursing services are holistic  in nature and encompass physical, mental, spiritual and social aspects. We pay particular attention to the reactions to, and consequences of, health impairments and their influence on the daily activities of individuals, relatives and groups.
For these reasons we use a person-centred recovery approach to support patients on their road to health. Care forms an important element of health promotion and encourages individuals and groups, in line with health literacy principles, to adopt health promoting behaviour and to integrate this into their daily life.

We systematically document all relevant patient needs and, in cooperation with the patient, formulate goals and individual measures. This is done to assist in creating suitable solutions with the patient which are achievable with the resources to hand. This allows for a holistically orientated, individualised patient-centred nursing, as an integrated component of multidisciplinary developed overall treatment plan.
Specialised therapies

In addition to psychotherapeutic and drug therapies, Sanatorium Kilchberg also offers further biological procedures such as light therapy, sleep restriction therapy and dark therapy, as well as the highly effective ECT (electroconvulsive therapy ECT, used with a short anaesthesia) are used. The following therapies are also offered:

  • Social counselling
  • Ergotherapy and recreational therapy
  • Kinesiotherapy  (movement therapy)
  • Music therapy
  • Nutrition counselling
Spiritual counsellors

Our patients and their families have access to two spiritual counsellors should they wish to avail themselves of this support. These counsellors perform their work on behalf of the Roman Catholic and the Reformed Evangelical Church and offer their services to everyone, regardless of religious denomination.

Sanatorium Kilchberg AG
Alte Landstrasse 70
CH-8802 Kilchberg
Telefon +41 44 716 42 42
Telefax +41 44 716 42 14

For registration / assignments
Telefon +41 44 716 42 75
Telefax +41 44 716 43 43

Zentrum für Psychosomatik
Selnaustrasse 6
CH-8001 Zürich
Telefon +41 44 716 38 38
Telefax +41 44 716 38 40
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