Dr. Marelize Swart
I have recently moved back to South Africa after living in North America for more than twenty years. I have over 20 years experience working in the field of mental health and sex therapy. In addition to my registration as a psychologist in South Africa and British Columbia, I am also an AASECT Board Certified Sex Therapist and have achieved Diplomate status in Sex Therapy (AASECT).
I work with individuals and couples to define their goals and, together, we then work toward reaching those goals. I start with where the person or the couple is in their lives and help them fulfill their sense of who they would like to be and what kind of relationship they would like to have. Treatment can be brief or long-term and can include goal directed therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, EMDR and systems work with couples.
My personal style is warm, relaxed and professional. I strive to create a therapeutic atmosphere that feels safe, respectful, non-judgmental and productive. I tend to be hopeful and optimistic about people’s abilities to explore the answers within themselves.
I provide treatment to adults for a range of psychological disorders:
- life transitions
- post-trauma and crisis counsellling
- low self-esteem
- relationship conflict
- communication problems
- difficulties with trust/intimacy
- sexual concerns
Some common concerns that bring couples into therapy may include: communication and intimacy problems, extramarital affairs, conflict resolution, adjustment to separation or divorce, or concerns about sex drive.
I specialize in dealing with sexual problems of all kinds. The following are common sexual concerns: sexual desire discrepancies, inhibitions in sexual expression, sexual avoidance/aversion, difficulties with orgasm, lack of desire, pain during intercourse, erection difficulties, premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, and sexual identity and/or sexual orientation issues. I have extensive experience helping women who are experiencing difficulties with desire, orgasm, and intercourse (pain during sex). I also have experience working with GLBT people.
I have presented seminars in the community on topics relating to personal growth, stress-related disorders such as depression and anxiety, and on a variety of sexual concerns. I also offer workshops and lectures for multi-disciplinary health providers, and for the public, on mental health and sexual concerns.
"Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” Napoleon Hill
Dr. Swart on CBC-National TV news
Dr. Swart has been featured as the sex expert in the following magazines and news papers: Chatelaine, Women's Health, Longevity magazine, Glow magazine, The Vancouver Sun, The Toronto Sun, The Calgary Sun, The Georgia Straight, The Calgary Herald, the Vancouver Metro and internet articles.