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

"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

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 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

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

I am a Certified Advanced Imago Clinician. I work with couples and partners, can help families, adult siblings, parents and children and others in their approach to relationships. Imago Therapy is a holistic and healing approach to relationship health. Through a series of dialogue exercises partners develop necessary skills including active listening, empathy, and validation. Partners emerge with lifelong skills of connection.

— Aviva Chansky Guttmann, Social Worker in Kingston, NY

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