Imago Relationship Therapy

Imago relationship therapy, developed by Dr. Harville Hendrix and Dr. Helen LaKelly Hunt, focuses on collaboratively healing childhood wounds couples share. Imago takes a relationship approach, rather than an individual approach, to problem solving in a marriage. Imago is founded on the belief that there is often a connection between the frustrations experienced in adult relationships and early childhood experiences. By exploring and creating an understanding for each other’s feelings and “childhood wounds”, you can begin to heal yourself and your relationship, and move toward a more conscious partnership. Think this approach might work for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s imago relationship therapy experts today.

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My couples and relationship work pulls from the leading experts in the field, including Stan Tatkin's PACT model, Sue Johnson's Emotionally Focused Therapy, Ellyn Bader's developmental model of differentiation, and research by the Gottmans. However, I have a special liking for Harville Hendrix and Kelly LaHunt's Imago therapy.

— Olivia Stadler, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

There is a link between frustrations in adult relationships and our experiences growing up. Childhood feelings of abandonment, suppression or neglect will often arise in an intimate relationship. When partners meet wounds with defensiveness and reactivity it can overshadow the positives in a relationship and lead to feelings of disconnection, pain and dis-empowerment. Imago Relationship Therapy aims to help couples learn to shift out of the power struggle and into loving connection.

— Cindy Ricardo, Counselor in Coral Springs, FL

Attended numerous conferences and talks by Harville Hendrix / Helen Lakelly Hunt on "Imago" Relationship Therapy

— Ciara Braun, Licensed Professional Counselor in Birmingham, MI

"Imago Relationship Therapy helps remove the blame, shame and criticism common in negative relationship patterns and transform your relationship into one full of understanding and deep connection. We teach you to understand your relationship triggers and reactive behaviors that may stem from unmet needs and how to respond to your partner in a healthy way that benefits you both (From Imago Relationships North America Website)."

— Andy Dishman, Licensed Professional Counselor in MARIETTA, GA

Having a partner who REALLY listens to you can make the difference in whether a disagreement becomes a fight. We'll use techniques developed by the Harville and Helen Hendrix to improve communication, which includes listening to really understand, rather than just waiting to fire back a rebuttal.

— Kathryn Gates, Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

The cornerstone of Imago Relationship Therapy is teaching the couple "intentional dialogue" and good communication skills that are best practices for any relationship. I will help you to communicate directly with your spouse or partner, using mirroring, validation, and empathy, so that you can re-connect with your beloved, and feel heard and understood in your relationship.

— Sara Kerai, Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington, DC