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Pippa Solomon

Relationships are deeply challenging and provide us with ongoing opportunities to strengthen ourselves. Loving someone and allowing ourselves to be loved is not always easy, even though we often assume it should be.

Rumi, my favourite poet, writes, “Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart”. I am passionate about strengthening and deepening the way we relate to each other and in bringing greater consciousness to our relationships. My life’s work has been a collection of knowledge in this area and I’ve constantly applied it to my own relationship. Of course, this is a never-ending and on-going process.

On a personal level, I have been married for 20 years and have two children, age 14 and 12. My husband and I both share the same view that a relationship is an alchemical process designed to help us grow. We both believe that true and open relating demands attention and practice. We have to work on staying connected and working through difficult things that come up. This work pays off as we watch our love deepen.

The best thing about my practice is that I use a brilliant theoretical framework that has research to back-up its effectiveness – It’s called Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT) framework is experiential therapy that works with where the client is. This ensures clients feel fully heard and understood. EFCT also uses Rogerian Therapy, Systems Theory and elements of Focusing and Gestalt Therapy. It is based on the belief that our primary relationships are sources of love, trust and safety and that a healthy dependency on each other helps us to meet these deep human needs. The therapy facilitates a move from negative, stuck interactional patterns to secure and safe connections. Please read more about this framework of therapy on my page Relationship Therapy. I was fully trained in EFCT in 2013 & 2014. This training is also ongoing and I refine and develop my skill.

Other educationally significant processes

  • Working at FAMSA (Families South Africa)
  • My Masters is Educational Psychology in 2003 & 2004. This degree was specifically useful for its systemic training (working within systems instead of individuals) and it introduced me to my passion – couple and family therapy, which I now specialise in.
  • Tantra courses on sexuality
  • Imago therapy (a couple course with Hedy & Yumi Schleifer, during their Imago days)
  • Mediation Skills Training from the Centre for Conflict Resolution
  • Qualifications at SACAP in Counselling
  • The Art of Being & The Art of Being Together – 1 yr 7 month course with Karen Rootenberg