Growing Edges For the Mental Health Professional

Ilyssa Swartout, Psy.D., focuses her practice on helping individuals, couples, and groups with depression & anxiety, bereavement, substance abuse, life changes, and infertility issues. She conducts workshops and training events for mental health professionals, is an existential-humanistic consultant for other mental health professionals, is a teaching assistant for the International Institute for Humanistic Studies, and is a recognized in-depth therapist. Dr. Swartout is currently serving as adjunct faculty in the clinical psychology program at Argosy University, Phoenix Campus.

Dr. Swartout was a featured speaker at the 36th Annual Southwestern School for Behavioral Health Studies SWS 2004, where she discussed her experience in meeting the therapeutic needs of incarcerated women. Her workshop addressed the essence of presence in the therapeutic relationship, what it is, and how it has been applied to therapy for incarcerated women. Download Dr. Swartout's The Essence of Presence, an essay on this topic. Learn more about the conference at

"Ilyssa Swartout, Psy.D. is a person and colleague I respect deeply. I first came to know Dr. Swartout on her dissertation committee where I experienced her passion and dedication to helping clients in psychotherapy. I along with my mentor, James F. T. Bugental, Ph.D., trained Dr. Swartout in the in-depth existential-humanistic psychotherapy for individuals and groups.

She brings to her individual and group practice not only rich experience but a large compassionate heart which is essential for long-term healing. You would be greatly fortunate to have Dr. Swartout as an individual or group psychotherapist."

--Myrtle Heery, Ph.D.,
private practice for over three decades, Associate Professor of In-Depth Psychotherapy at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA., Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Palo Alto, CA.



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Ilyssa Swartout, Psy.D., was a featured speaker at the 36th Annual Southwestern School for Behavioral Health Studies SWS 2004, which took place in Tucson, AZ August 2004.

Dr. Swartout was a featured speaker on the topic of depression and anxiety in March 2007 at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix as part of the college's Health and Wellness Series.

Dr. Swartout is also an international speaker. In July 2007, she taught a workshop in Romania on couples and family therapy.

Additional Resources:

International Institute for Humanistic Studies:

Arizona Psychological Association:

American Psychological Association:

National Infertility Association:

American Society for Reproductive Medicine:

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association:



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