Hedy Schleifer, MA, LMHC
Hedy Schleifer is the Director of Schleifer & Associates, and the new Tikkun Learning Center, in Washington, DC. Hedy is an internationally known psychotherapist, trainer, relationship coach, workshop presenter and motivational speaker. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles, and her M.A. in Clinical and Child Psychology from Tel Aviv University. Hedy completed training in developmental play with Viola Brody, and has been certified by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., as a Clinical Instructor and as a Workshop Presenter Trainer of Imago Relationship Therapy.
While living in Israel (1972-1978), Hedy counseled indigent families, and assisted families affected by the Yom Kippur war. In the United States, Hedy has worked in Christian-Jewish relations, with people with AIDS, and most particularly, assisted women in overcoming their personal development issues, and being empowered into their full potential. Together with her husband Yumi, she co-founded the Orlando Florida Chapter of the Foundation for Mid-East Communication, a group that created an environment for building relationships between Arabs and Jews.
From 1993 through 2003, together with her husband Yumi, a business man, and former aerospace engineer, Hedy pioneered the expansion of Imago Relationship Therapy in many countries, training hundreds of therapists and many workshop presenters, and leading relationship workshops for couples. Yumi and Hedy were catalysts in the establishment of Imago communities in South Africa, Israel, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and Canada.
Today, Hedy travels extensively throughout the world bringing her passion and expertise in the “art of relationships” and “conflict dissolution”, to many settings, spanning the mental health, healthcare, religious, educational and corporate communities. Hedy currently bases her work with couples and her trainings on an integrative approach inspired by the philosophy of Martin Buber, as well as a variety of relational methodologies including Imago Relationship Therapy, Appreciative Inquiry, Re-evaluation Counseling, and Relational Neuro-biology. She counsels, supervises, and trains psychotherapists worldwide, and together with Yumi, conducts workshops for couples in over 16 countries. Hedy and Yumi’s newest venture is training organizations on how to introduce a culture of “Relational Maturity” to the workplace.
In February 2007, Hedy appeared on Israel TV in a seven-part series entitled “Couples Therapy.” In September 2008, a documentary film was released, entitled “Hedy and Yumi: Crossing the Bridge” which tells the story of Hedy and Yumi’s life, message and mission. The film won “Best Documentary” at the 2009 LA Femme Film Festival in Hollywood, California. On April 26, 2010, Hedy presented at the prestigious TEDxTelAviv Conference. The TED conferences bring together the world’s most fascinating scientists, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, activists and academics.
Born in Switzerland and raised in Belgium, Hedy is fluent in six languages. She and Yumi reside in Washington, DC. They have been married over 50 years and have two sons and eleven grandchildren. Hedy believes that world peace begins with the human family, and can best be achieved by creating strong, committed, and growing partnerships.