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Encounter-centered Couples Therapy (EcCT) Training for Therapists with Hilze Strauss

Aug 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am - Aug 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm


Encounter-centered Couples Therapy (EcCT) Introductory Training for Therapists with Hilze Strauss (3 days) in Cape Town

Event details:

  • Presented by: Hilze Strauss
  • August 4 @ 9:00 am – August 6 @ 6:00 pm
  • Venue: Protea Hotel Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Cost: R4800 (Imago Africa members: R4320)
  • Please note that the tuition includes the workshop, workshop manuals and light snacks. Hotel accommodation and lunch are additional/for the delegate’s own expense.
  • 21 CPD points

What Hedy Schleifer says about this training:

“My work over the last 30 years as a couples therapist, and over the last 20 years in my laboratory for the relational paradigm, has crystallised into a synergetic understanding of what I call the “three invisible connectors”: the Space, the Bridge and the Encounter. These three invisible connectors, when revealed and applied to a couple’s daily life, create a revolutionary paradigm shift.”

Through lectures, in vivo demonstrations with couples, group discussion and Q&A sessions, Hilze Strauss will invite you to leave the training with new tools, increased expertise, enhanced skills, and a clear vision of how to achieve an even more relaxed and responsive therapeutic stance with your couples.

The training will include:

  • The theoretical basis of the Relational Paradigm
  • A description of the relational developmental journey and its impact on the couple’s “dance.”
  • Live demonstrations of relational coaching skills
  • How to introduce the Relational Paradigm to couples as a transformational tool
  • How to assist couples in raising their “Relational IQ”
  • How to empower couples in welcoming the genius that lives in their relational space

Who should attend: 

  • Who should attend: Couples Therapists, Counselors, Relationship Coaches, Organizational Development Professionals, Pastoral Counselors. Spouses and partners are welcome

About Hilze Strauss  

Hilze StraussHilze Strauss is a clinical psychologist with more than 27 years’ experience in private practice. She is a seasoned relationship therapist and coach. Hilze has been practicing as a certified Imago Relationship Therapist for the past 18 years and presents couple workshops, workshops for singles and parenting workshops. She offers training for Therapists interested in deepening their understanding of relational work. Hilze is a member of the International Community of Encounter Centred Therapists founded and facilitated by the gifted relationship therapist and teacher Hedy Schleifer from Washington DC. Hilze is married to De Wet for more than 27 years. They share the joys and challenges of a relationship in which they have chosen to be best friends and partners for life. They are parents of two young adults.

I highly recommend Hilze Strauss as a trainer for couples’ therapists who are interested in broadening and deepening their practice with the principles of Encounter-centered Couples Therapy. Hilze combines experience, skill and expertise with the joy of teaching and soulful depth of character. Studying with Hilze is a powerful adventure to enjoy.”  Hedy Schleifer, Founder of EcCT and Director of the Tikkun Learning Center

What colleagues say about Hilze:

  • Hilze is one of the most intuitive therapists I know. (Sue Wintgens, Associate Director – Encounter Learning Centre, Imago Therapist & Presenter, London, UK)

  • Hilze is a gifted presenter who has the ability to weave theory and practice in a way that makes learning inspiring and achievable, her vast experience adds enormous value to her training. She is a master at gently but firmly guiding the process of learning! (Carol-Ann Dixon, Psychologist and Chairperson of Imago Africa)

  • Hilze has an amazing skill to attune and respond to people that leave them fully heard and seen. (Marina Swart, Imago Relationship Therapist, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist, Cape Town)

  • Hilze is a very experienced relationship therapist. She has a deep understanding of the relational paradigm and the sacredness of the space in between. I am always amazed by her ability to conceptualize and language complex concepts in simple ways. (Kobus van der Merwe, Faculty Imago International, Imago Clinical Instructor, Johannesburg)

What couples are saying:

  • “Our hearts are filled with gratitude and appreciation for you. We were in a very dark place. I almost laughed when you said that we would reach a place of love and connection. Without the work we have done with you and for the grace of God, we would have lost our marriage.” JvdW (Windhoek)

  • “Hilze was so determined and positive about us as a couple and she assisted us to open up to each other. For the first time in a very long time, we experienced connection between us.” MM (Windhoek)

  • “With every encounter I started feeling closer and more positive about our future. I have learned that we can create a space where we can tap into hurt and experience trust. I feel an inordinate amount of love for my wife.” OA (Windhoek)


Aug 4, 2018 @ 9:00 am
Aug 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Event Category:


Hilze Strauss


Protea Hotel Durbanville
99 Jip de Jager Drive, Vineyards Office Estate, Tyger Valley
Durbanville, Western Cape 7530 South Africa
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+27 21 913 9256

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