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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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

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 work with couples using the couples dialogue, helping them to feel heard and understood, with the goal of engaging in healthy conflict and having a strengthened relationship.

— Candice N. Crowley, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Cincinnati, OH

I teach couples Intentional Dialogue in a 12 session model. In the 12 weeks, couples commit to no threat of breakup, recommitting, restructuring frustrations, and re-romanticizing. If you are a couple wanting to see your partner in a positive light again, this modality is powerful and healing.

— Linda Vermeulen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Ripon, CA

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

— Allison Middleton, Therapist in Philadelphia, PA

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

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

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 Boynton Beach, FL

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

— Ciara Braun, Licensed Professional Counselor in Birmingham, MI

I create an Imago profile for you so that you can understand what you each bring to the table and the mechanics of your interaction. Being able to understand each other in this way helps us to understand how to make the relationship work better.

— Kari Silverberg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Brainerd, MN

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