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Phase I Encounter-centered Couples Therapy training with Sue Wintgens – Laying the Foundation

Mar 5 @ 8:00 am - Mar 6 @ 5:00 pm


A 2-day training and experience of the fundamentals of EcCT*

During this 2-day training, Sue Wintgens, will cover the theoretical underpinnings of EcCT & demonstrate her approach. This offers the therapist the opportunity to see the process unfold in real time.

* Phase I training is for therapists who have had little or no experience in EcCT and will be followed by 2 days of Phase II training.

Guiding a couple through a 2-day Intensive Session is one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding experiences any helping professional can have!

From the moment you welcome the couple into the space you can be relaxed and open because you have a Plan that has proved its value in guiding couples. You can also be curious and excited because through this meeting the exact Path that this couple needs will emerge in the connection of the Space together.

Learn how a couple is invited into their essence and taught powerful new metaphors that invite transformation. There will be opportunities to explore and integrate what you have experienced in the afternoons and draw foundational learnings for your own practice. Through this rare mix of teaching and experiencing you will have an embodied picture of the flow of the Intensive Session that will form a solid foundation however you decide to work.

You will learn how to guide a couple into experiencing:

  • The wonderful logic involved in the birth of their reactivity patterns.
  • Their “Survival Dance” that informs every conflict and the longing behind it.
  • To name and own their growth edges emerging from their survival knot.
  • How to work collaboratively with each unique couple to choose visits.

Watch as Sue reveals the step-by-step road map for entering the complex territory of a couple’s relationship, at the heart of their disconnection. It is what couples experience as their “impasse issue,” where one person’s anguished desperation meets the other person’s dogged resistance, and vice versa.

Sue is an Imago therapist, workshop presenter and EcCT Master practitioner who has worked extensively with Hedy Schleifer. Over the past decade Sue has integrated the methodology and techniques of Imago Relationship Therapy, Appreciative Inquiry, Interpersonal Neurobiology and EcCT into her unique approach when working with couples.

We are deeply indebted to Sue for bringing her experience to South Africa at a time when we need to focus our attention on the value of the relational paradigm. This is an opportunity for us as relationship practitioners to raise awareness of how we can teach couples and families to value relationships. It is time to turn the tide away from violence against women and children, towards meaningful connection and mutual respect for one another.


Watch Sue as she describes the Intensive :  here


Location: klein Constantia Boutique Hotel, Roodepoort, Gauteng

Cost: 2 days R4000, Early Bird R3600 by 31 January, Imago Africa members R3500, Students R2000


* Sue will also offer Phase II training on 7 – 8 March and if you attend all 4 days there are discounts available:

4 days R6950, Early Bird R6400, Imago Africa members R6300 and Students R3000



Please contact ElMarie on info@imagoafrica.co.za for registration details.


Mar 5 @ 8:00 am
Mar 6 @ 5:00 pm
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