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 engage in IMAGO relationship therapy often with couples to help them connect, attach, and communicate more effectively.

— Samantha Tenner, Therapist in Denver, 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

Imago relationship therapy (IRT) aims to equip couples with the tools necessary to relate to each other in healthier ways and reveal the emotional pathway formed in childhood that led them to their current situation. This form of therapy combines spiritual and behavioral techniques with Western psychological methodologies in order to assist couples in unveiling their unconscious components.

— David Yellen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in brooklyn, NY

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

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 (IRT) endeavors to equip couples with the communication skills necessary to relate to each other in healthy ways, while additionally revealing the emotional pathway formed in childhood that led them to their current relationship frustrations. This approach invites examining the conflict itself; encourages the couple co-create a satisfying solution, heal, and grow together.

— Gwenevere Abriel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Coconut Creek, FL

This is a specific kind of relationship therapy that is designed to help conflict within relationships. We learn about the individual's own past wounds and how it maybe affecting their parter/relationship. Through this process we learn about personal triggers that are impacting the relationship.

— Fatemah Dhirani, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

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

— Allison Middleton, Therapist in Philadelphia, PA

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

I have advanced training in Imago relationship since the early 1980s. I recently renewed my training in this method and am working towards my certification in this approach. I find Imago is very valuable in doing depth work with couples, helping partners build an intimate and loving space between them that feels nurturing, safe, and authentic. I also appreciate how simple the imago dialogue process is so any couple could learn this and use it to their benefit very quickly.

— Vagdevi Meunier, Psychologist in Austin, TX

Imago therapy will help you discover how to connect deeper to create the healthy and happy relationships you've always dreamed of having.

— Nancy Paloma Collins, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Newport Beach, CA

Imago Relationship Therapy provides couples and families with a safe structure to co-create a healthy, loving and mature relationship where all parties feel heard and understood. Imago is unique in several ways; it provides a dialogical process that you will continually use to connect and heal.

— Thavone Huinil, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Grand Rapids, MI

My journey first started as an Imago client and I found the method so useful I found a group to train with. Imago theory uses the “unconscious image [Imago] of familiar love” to help map out why misunderstandings occur for the couple and how to use the relationship to change the pattern to one of understanding each other's perspective. It is simple but hard work. Imago respects that the conflict in the relationship is change trying to occur rather than malicious intent.

— Chris Hermesch, Counselor in Kansas City, MO