"In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?" - Carl Rogers


I also work closely with a network of psychiatrists, and if indicated, can facilitate private psychiatric hospitalisation. Dave provides in-patient therapy during hospitalisation at Life Hunters Craig Hospital and Nurture Sunnyside Mental Health Hospital.


Individual Therapy
In-hospital consultations
Couples Counselling

Feeling a bit down lately and nothing seems to lift your spirits? It might be time to seek help from a licensed professional. My Individual Therapy sessions help patients develop positive attitudes towards life’s most complex circumstances. Call me today and allow me to help you see the glass half full in everything that life has to offer. 

Some examples of individual therapy work includes:

  • Depression (Unipolar and bipolar mood disorders)

  • Anxiety (Work related stress, obsessive compulsive behaviours, phobias, social anxiety, panic disorder)

  • Bereavement / grief counselling

  • Trauma therapy

  • Addiction (Substance dependency and behavioural addictions e.g., gambling addiction)

In my therapy sessions, we’ll work to solve current problems and change unhelpful thinking and behavior. I will help you “re-frame” your thinking and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles. You’ll walk out of my personalised couples therapy sessions feeling that we are delving into the real problems. Contact me today see what I have to offer.

An admission to hospital is no doubt a stressful event for most people, partly due to our acute awareness of our vulnerabilies and the experience of pain against the backdrop of a sterile environment. Acceptance and Commitment therapy during acute hospitalisation has been shown to be highly effective in treating chronic pain and health anxiety. Some examples of health psychotherapy includes:

  • Diabetes counselling

  • Chronic pain (acceptance and commitment therapy)

  • Pre-surgery assessment

  • Post-operative recovery / adjustment (e.g. dealing with pain, post-operative psychosis, loss of function)

  • Adjusting to acute hospitalisation or medical diagnosis

Dave Swart's therapy space
Dave Swart's therapy space

Contact Us


Perry & Steyn Workability Practice, 234 Cape Road, Mill Park, Port Elizabeth (opposite Greenacres Hospital)

Tel: 041 004 0048

Emergencies: 072 399 9154

Email: swartpsychologists@gmail.com

Office hours: 08:00-17:00

All medical aids accepted. Click here for more information about private consultation rates.



Please take note that the Workability practice is a group practice, so please indicate that you wish to make an appointment with Dave when you phone in. Ensure you familiarise yourself with the practice's account payment terms and conditions before scheduling your appointment.

My Story

In 2005 I completed my undergraduate training in psychology and education at the University of Pretoria. Upon completion, I spent a year lecturing at the Psychology Department at the University of Pretoria in the fields of Health Psychology, Research, Critical Psychology and Abnormal Child Psychology. As a programme coordinator at the university's former Centre for the Study of AIDS (now Centre for Sexualities, Aids and Gender), I was seconded to assess and develop the inclusiveness of HIV/AIDS and related themes in the university's academic programmes and supervised numerous community level projects. Following my residency at the University of Pretoria I relocated to the lovely "Rosestad" to enroll in the University of the Free State's masters programme in clinical psychology.​

Upon completion of my academic training, I completed my required internship at South Africa's foremost tertiary psychiatric training centre, the Free State Psychiatric Complex. In 2011 I worked as Community clinical psychologists​ at the Uitenhage Provincial Hospital and Laetitia Bam Day Hospital. The experience of practicing in these communities played a major role in my eventual return to the Eastern Cape. During 2012 I expanded my clinical experience by working with patients presenting with severe personality deviations and criminality in a privately owned (G4S) maximum security correctional centre in the Free State.​

In February 2013 I relocated back to Port Elizabeth where I launched my private practice as an independent psychologist. To avoid professional isolation I proactively engage with clinical and academic opportunities, and over the past 7 years have consulted in the fields of neuro-rehabilitation, tertiary education and employee wellness while enjoying my clinical work.

My latest interest is the development of rich visual media with a special focus on the issues that lead people to seek counselling. 

For more information regarding the practice consultation rates or medical aid schemes, please view our Terms & Conditions page.

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