saritSarit Swisa is a clinical psychologist specialising in psychodynamic psychotherapy for individuals and couples who may wish to deal with a range of various challenges. A special area of interest for her is in Mindfulness training – this is the notion of ‘pure presence’ – the ability to bring ourselves fully into the present and to learn practical skills to manage anxiety, depression, physical pain and difficult thoughts. Her experience has extended primarily to depression, anxiety, chronic pain management, trauma, coping skills and interpersonal effectiveness. She has also been involved in numerous consultations for inpatient referrals ranging from MVA traumas to coping with new illness, disability and providing supportive psychotherapy in hospital settings. Family therapy and working with adolescents are strong areas of interest for her as well.

After completing her Master’s degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, she undertook her clinical training at Johannesburg General Hospital (CMJAH) Child and Family Unit where she worked with children and their parents therapeutically and also conducted emotional and intelligence tests. She further trained at Chris Hani Baragwaneth Academic Hospital where she worked with both inpatient and outpatient adults. Her experience in community work was extended with a year in the Psychology Department at Helen Joseph Hospital. She is currently enjoying working in the private sector where she has been conducting individual and couples psychotherapy, play therapy and assessments for patients undergoing gastric bypass surgery. She also plans to share my passion for Mindfulness with some upcoming workshops.

None of us are immune from tough times in life, however, it is of tremendous relief to know and see that things can improve, that internal pain can be managed and supported and that there are ways of thinking and relating that make us deeper and ‘bigger’ than before. This is where she positions herself in the work that she does.


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