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Encounter-centered Couples Therapy: A Path to Relational Maturity

Encounter-centered Couples Therapy (EcCT) represents the crystalization of my 35 years of experience as a psychotherapist, using 20 of these years to work intensively with couples in a clinical couples laboratory. EcCT is an integrative relational model at the intersection of philosophy, clinical theory, organizational methodology and relational neurobiology. It aims at assisting couples to experience the most....

The Turtle and the Hail Storm

Couples universally dance a classic “survival dance”.  You may identify when you read this fable of the “turtle and the hailstorm.” However, with steady and regular crossing of the bridge, looking into each other's faces with new eyes, the reactive survival dance...

What is possible after the Adventure In Intimacy

Dear Hedy and Yumi, You may not remember us, but I thought you would appreciate knowing how we are doing. We "bridge" once or twice a week, and we have become practiced enough with this tool that we now have complete trust in the process; we have come to know that...

Relationship Coach Tackles Couple’s Marital Woes

Ed Shea refers to himself as a prevention or near divorce specialist. About 60% of his clients are on the verge of divorce. (Doings photo by Steve Johnston) By Marianne Cortopassi Contributing Writer On Friday evenings, Edward Shea sits in his Elmhurst office and...

Choosing Life in Loss

By Hedy Schleifer. Lessons I learned in grieving my father's death. Living life fully and in relationship is the message in grief as well as in good times.

The Neurochemistry Of Sex

  Orgasm is generally regarded as the ultimate goal of recreational sex. Wilhelm Reich was the first scientist to describe the nature and purpose of the orgasm as a discharge of excess bio-energy with the additional liberation of feeling energy, and he also...

Hedy teaches how to keep the romance and excitement alive over time. Don’t miss this!

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How to Rebuild Your Life Together After an Affair

Watch this clip from the newly released AFFAIRS: A Step-by-Step Process for Reconnection video program.


“Healing After an Affair” is a two-day experience developed by Hedy, for the repair of the rupture, in the relational bond of couples, created by an affair. The private intensive session results in re-connection, restores compassion, forgiveness and intimacy, teaches how to make authentic mutual amends, and rebuilds mutual trust for a new future together.

Watch Hedy’s TED talk
About the three invisible connectors:
“the Space, the Bridge, and the Encounter”