Dr. Swart is a Registered Psychologist and Board Certified Sex Therapist. She earned her Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch and her Doctoral Degree in Applied Psychology at the University of Calgary, Canada. Dr. Swart has advanced training in sex therapy that she obtained in Canada and the USA. As the only AASECT Board Certified Sex Therapist in South Africa, she has also achieved Diplomate status in Sex Therapy from AASECT (The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists).
Dr. Marelize Swart brings with her more than 20 years of international experience in individual, couples and sex therapy for adults. She has moved back to Cape Town after living in North America for more than two decades. Dr. Swart has been a sessional instructor to medical students and Masters degree students in Psychology in Sex Therapy while in Canada.
Dr. Marelize Swart is the resident Sexology expert for Health24's Forum. (Health24.com is South Africa’s premier health and wellness website, averaging over 1.2 million unique users from across the world each month. Of these, over 650 000 users are based in South Africa).
Dr. Swart has been featured as the sex expert in the following magazines and news papers across Canada: Chatelaine, Glow magazine, The Vancouver Sun, The Toronto Sun, The Calgary Sun, The Georgia Straight, The Calgary Herald, the Vancouver Metro and internet articles. For further information about Dr. Swart please visit her website at www.femalethoughts.com
If you answered yes to some of the questions above, you are not alone. There is a good chance that your problem is fairly common and there is also a good chance that it can be treated or alleviated.
Most people do not know where to turn when sexual problems creep up. Unlike medical concerns, sexual issues are not something most people feel comfortable discussing with friends and/or neighbours. Most people have no trouble sharing with one another about their lives (e.g. they share parenting difficulties) but find it almost impossible to talk - even to their best friend - about specific sexual difficulties. The result is that many men and women suffer silently whilst at the same time feeling sexual inadequate and abnormal.
Our sexual self-esteem is an integral part of who we are, how we see ourselves, and how we relate to others. In a nutshell, our sexual self-esteem plays a key role in how we see ourselves not only in the bedroom, but also how we feel about ourselves “out of the bedroom.” When a sexual dysfunction develops in either partner, ultimately it will affect both partners and this may cause a great deal of distress.
From birth to death we are sexual beings. Sexuality is an integral part of who we are, how we see ourselves, and how we relate to others. In a nutshell, our sexual self-esteem plays a key role in how we see ourselves not only in the bedroom, but also how we feel about ourselves “out of the bedroom.” When a sexual dysfunction develops in either partner, ultimately it will affect both partners and this may cause a great deal of distress.
Most people do not know where to turn when sexual problems creep up. Unlike health problems, sexual issues are not something most people feel comfortable discussing with friends and neighbours. The result is that many people suffer silently whilst at the same time feeling sexual inadequate and abnormal.
I like to help clients learn how to express their intimacy in ways that enhance their self-esteem and their relationships. To me, intimacy and relationship problems are not separate from the rest of our lives. Intimacy problems are merely symptoms of our bodies reminding us to pay attention to persons, activities, emotions, or our own physical health.
I am particularly interested in helping women who experience difficulties with desire, orgasm and pain during sex. In addition, I facilitate an eight weeklong psycho-educational group for women who are interested in exploring and embracing their sexuality in a safe and supportive environment. Some of the topics include:
As a Registered Psychologis in BC and AASECT Board Certified Sex Therapist with over 20 years experience in mental health and sex therapy, I help individuals, couples and groups to explore either specific sexual problems, or the more general goal of greater sexual comfort and fulfillment. I realize that sexual problems can be complicated, confusing and difficult to discuss and I try to make the experience as pleasant as possible by creating a therapeutic atmosphere that feels safe, respectful, and non-judgmental.