Surita is a qualified senior social worker, counsellor, and family therapist, working in mental health for most of her career. Surita has over 18 years of experience working across three continents- Africa, Europe and Australia. Surita completed her social work qualification and is registered with the ASSW board. She has also completed studies in psychology overseas, and in 2012 completed her Masters in Couple and Family Therapy through the University of New South Wales. Surita is an accredited family despite resolution practitioner.
Its clear that her passion for lifelong learning and for helping others are closely intertwined. Surita continues to study psychology in Australia as she converts her degree from South Africa.
Over Surita’s career she has worked with street children, children in care, in the hospital setting with HIV positive children and children diagnosed with diabetes. She also worked in the Adolescent Medicine Unit at Westmead Children’s Hospital -Sydney, with the eating disorder team. Here she was trained in the specialist Maudsley Family Therapy Model. Surita has worked with women escaping family and domestic violence, specifically from a culturally and linguistically diverse background. She feels passionate to advocate for vulnerable clients. In all her work with clients she uses a systemic perspective and draws from evidence-based techniques like CBT to tailor a unique
treatment plan for each client, couple, or family. In her work with children and adolescents, she uses play therapy techniques and art therapy, often including parents in some form- depending on the presentation. Most recently she has worked as a family dispute resolution practitioner facilitating conflict resolution. She gained experience of working with separating families and the impact on parents and children during this transition period.
Surita’s passion for this profession comes from the individuals she has worked with and the unique life stories which she feels have privilege to have heard.