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 favorite way of working with clients is through Imago because it fosters deep communication.

— Keli Dean, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Loveland, CO

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

I've seen the positive difference Imago makes for couples. It not only helps couples learn to communicate in a very helpful way, it also leads and teaches them to be curious, rather than reactive, about their areas of growth. They learn how conflict helps them develop deeper compassion and empathy in their relationship.

— Nichole Hart, Counselor in Silverthorne, CO

"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

For couples who are committed to staying together and need help working on their relationship, I help them see patterns that are not working. There is no blame game and I don’t take sides. I am on the side of the relationship. We identify the pattern (which may include family history patterns such as alcoholism, abuse, lack of emotions, etc.), break the pattern, and create new, preferred ways of interacting and communicating.

— Kim Lennon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redlands, CA

Imago Therapy provides you with skills to mirror, validate, and empathize with your partner and building effective communication.

— Cassandra Hesse, Counselor in Austin, TX

Imago relationship therapy is a form of couples therapy that helps those in committed relationships work out their misunderstandings, reduce conflict, and rediscover ways to bond, create joy, communicate effectively, and find common ground by learning to recognize how early childhood relationship experiences affect how we communicate, behave, and respond to others in adult relationships. By engaging into a structured dialogue to be truly appreciated, heard and understood by your partner.

— Nikki Nolet, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Del Mar, CA

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 Pacific Grove, CA

I use Imago therapy to help couples and families to lean into each other for their needs like comfort and reassurance. We begin by finding the ways that our partner has been there for us during the week. Then during session, a couple finds a way to both experiment and to experience having their partner open up and have their needs met in the moment.

— Elizabeth McGinnis, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Palo Alto, CA

Imago exercises will having you feeling intimately connected with your partner again.

— Allison Middleton, Therapist in Philadelphia, PA

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

— Ciara Braun, Licensed Professional Counselor in Birmingham, MI