Initially, S.W.I.F.T. was conceived from ideas based on self-help concepts, which had their origins in the sixties and seventies. Groups such as Synanon and 7th Step, utilized the concept of ‘Hot Seat’ therapy as a means of breaking through the recipients’ psychological barriers to face things about themselves they would normally prefer to avoid.

When forming S.W.I.F.T., in 1982, we decided to maintain the concept of the ‘Hot Seat’, but made it into a more therapeutic model, where feelings could be expressed safely in a supportive and caring environment. After each Hot Seat, the recipient is given a supportive, encouraging summary by all attending the Session.

Our principles are based on humanistic teachings of Adler, Rogers and Perls. Our aim is to encourage, motivate, and affirm our participants.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What does S.W.I.F.T stand for?
S.W.I.F.T. is an acronym for “Strength To Walk In Freedom Together”.
Is there any cost for attending?
No, the programs are supported by a registered charity.
Is S.W.I.F.T. a Twelve Step Program?
No S.W.I.F.T. is a hybrid of humanistic philosophy based on the teaching of Adler, Berne, and Perls.
What age group do you cater to?
All ages are welcome. We find that everyone can learn from one another, no matter what the age difference may be.
What does S.W.I.F.T do?
S.W.I.F.T. Operates and runs support groups for people in the community who suffer from depression, anxiety, social phobias, marital issues and substance abuse problems. There are no fees for attending S.W.I.F.T. Groups.
Are the groups co-ed?
Yes, we find co-ed provides an important positive dynamic in our groups.
Are the groups religious?
No, we do not bring religion into our group sessions, unless it has relevance to a specific issue on the table.