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  Philippa Sklaar is a survivor of abuse, author, coach and advocate. Philippa immigrated to the USA after she fled from a violently abusive marriage and resolved to learn a lesson and be more careful next time. In America she met a man who, on the surface, was everything that her second husband was not. Until she owned her own contribution to the dance of abuse she was destined to repeat the pattern. Her story exists as proof of this.

She co-wrote When Loving Him Hurts – recovery from an abusive relationship and The Affair – recovery from illicit sex, lies and betrayal.

She is also the author of Hot Cuisine, and her clients included dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela and Elizabeth Taylor was her first client in LA. She appeared in the Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games and with Margaret Cho in Blind Dinner Party.

Her commitment to reduce domestic violence led her to create a nonprofit, The Women’s Voice Project. Her programs have been accepted by the LAUSD, the LAPD (Newton Division) and The California Institution for Women.


Sue Hickey  is a well-known and respected Johannesburg-based therapist who has been in private practice for over twenty-five years. She has worked with and achieved astounding results in hundreds of women’s lives who, desperately unhappy in their relationships due to varying degrees of abuse, sought help from her. She invited Philippa to co-write When Loving Him Hurts and The Affair. as she is a firm believer there is no better qualification than someone who has experienced the difficulty. No matter how hard you study an issue, the nuances are always better understood by someone who has “been there.”