DR ELAINE FOURIE
Phd in Leadership Development
Masters in Theology
Areas of Specialisation
I am Elaine Fourie and I have a passion for healing relationships and teaching. My journey in life has taken me along two pathways, psychology and theology, and what a wonderful combination this has been.
I am a registered Industrial Psychologist and I worked in industry for many years, mainly in the domain of leadership, ending in the completion of a PhD in Leadership Development in the postmodern context. In my theological work I have extended my knowledge in leadership development to the field of clergy and church lay leadership and I am building and running courses in this area.
In my later years I tired of the constant stress of working in the world of business and coping with its many challenges. In the last 3 years my passion has turned to healing relationships. My husband and I attended Imago Relationship Therapy to help us with the challenges we were facing in our marriage and we were overwhelmed by the power of the Imago process. We were blown away and immediately decided to go on the clinical training which we have now both completed.
I have also completed the Encounter Centred Couples Therapy training to the advanced level. This training offers a two day intensive workshop for couples who find that easier to fit into their diaries, as opposed to the traditional one hour sessions over a period of weeks or months. I personally witnessed a young couple's journey of discovery into their relationship and watched the transformation in their relationship happen before my eyes. Imago and Ecct are compatible methodologies and I take the best from both and design a process which meets the needs of my clients.
Although my husband and I are both in ministry, my counselling and training practice is independent. My husband is a busy priest and so I do most of the counselling and training work but we do collaborate when required or when it works for us and our clients.
I believe wholeheartedly that the family is the foundation for a society that works, for loving communities, for healing and growth for everybody. I try my very best to help people overcome the challenges in their relationships and to create whole and happy families.