Liberating a Couple's Creative Energy with Encounter-Centered Couples Therapy

Presented by Hedy Schleifer, MA on 11-04-2016 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Join Hedy Schleifer as she presents the basic theoretical framework and principles of Encounter-centered Couples Therapy (EcCT). She will describe the method she evolved for unraveling the “survival knot" in the developmental-growth journey of a couple. The "survival knot" is the principal "stuck place" for couples. It often remains unconscious but has the potential to be an essential agenda that is deeply embedded in the couple’s presenting problem. The “survival knot” is what many couples experience as their impasse issue, where one person's anguished desperation meets the other person's dogged resistance, and vice versa. 

The theory on which the “survival knot” is based stems from the assumption that couples know each other's "war story" at a subconscious level. The crucible of their power struggle centers around the unconscious developmental themes with which they wrestle. The growth potential of the relationship lies in shedding light on the developmental themes that fuel their reactive dynamic as well as their relational nightmare. Unraveling the “survival knot” allows new creative energy to flow between the couple for the purpose of designing a relationship of choice, rather than one of reactivity and compulsion.   

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Hedy will share strategies from Encounter-centered Couples Therapy she has develop for unraveling the "survival knot” in countless couples around the world. She will describe how she created this relational diagnosis by decoding the complex distinction between the adaptive, reactive couple’s "survival dance" and the attuned, empathic connection between two intentional partners in relationship. Therapists will learn the roadmap for entering this most treacherous territory of a couple's relationship, while receiving a clear step-by-step structure to guide couples with confidence and expertise. 

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Summarize strategies to unravel the "survival knot" and assist couples with common impasse issues.
  2. Explain the basic theoretical framework of Encounter-centered Couples Therapy.
  3. Describe the major guiding principles of Encounter-centered Couples Therapy.
  4. Utilize Encounter-centered Couples Therapy strategies to assist couples in making productive steps toward healthy and creative connections.
  5. Identify unconscious developmental themes that have the potential to fuel reactive dynamics in couples.

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Event Reviews from Members

Hedy brought a love and compassion-infused presentation of couples therapy to all of us across the country.  Her message was deeply relevant, profoundly wise, wonderfully accessible, and transformative.  Not only is my professional mindset impacted by her wisdom, but my personal life as well.  I highly recommend all therapists avail themselves of her knowledge and expertise.  Such a fabulous and impactful course,! - Joanna Singh, LMSW 

Very well done. She lives and breathes the material, thus presents it in a concentrated, beautiful way. - Andrea Shaw, PhD, MFT 

Loved the hopefulness of her perspective and its focus on deeper resonance for couples. - Jaci Schoen, MS, LMFT - Irvine, CA

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by for attending this web conference in its entirety. is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Counseling Services. is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

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Meet the Presenter

Hedy Schleifer, MA

Hedy Schleifer, MA

Hedy Schleifer, MA is an internationally known Master Relationship Builder, trainer, workshop presenter, and motivational speaker. Hedy earned her Master of Arts in Clinical and Child Psychology from Tel Aviv University in Israel and is a licensed clinical psychologist in Israel.

Certified by Harville Hendrix, PhD as an Imago therapist, workshop presenter, and clinical instructor, Hedy and her husband, Yumi, pioneered the expansion of Imago Relationship Therapy in many countries around the world. They have trained hundreds of therapists and workshop presenters and led relationship workshops for couples.

Hedy founded the Tikkun Learning Center in 2010 to train relationship therapists in Encounter-centered Couples Therapy® (EcCT) which shares the concept of the “three invisible connectors”: the Space, the Bridge, and the Encounter.

Today, Yumi has retired, and Hedy continues to bring her passion and expertise in the art of relationships and conflict dissolution to couples.

Now called the Encounter-centered Couples Transformation®, Hedy shares an integrative and interdisciplinary model for relationship building. It lies at the intersection of philosophy, clinical theory, organizational methodology, and relational neurobiology and based on four main pillars: the philosophy of Martin Buber, Imago Relationship Theory and Practice, Appreciative Inquiry and the new frontier of Relational Neurobiology and Memory Reconsolidation. It is an approach that promotes transformational change, a visceral, cellular and internal shift, one that is dependable and sustainable.

Hedy guides partners toward this kind of transformation through what she calls the “Art of Connection,” teaching them how to turn their relationship into a living laboratory for the development of relational intelligence and how to fill their partnership with creativity, wisdom and generosity of spirit. Relational intelligence puts partners on the path to relational maturity and is at the core of having successful relationships both personally and professionally.

Hedy believes world peace begins with the human family, and that this peace can best be achieved by creating strong relationships that grow into committed, mature partnerships.

For more information about Hedy Schleifer and her work, please visit

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  • Logo has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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  •, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  •, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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