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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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 was introduced to Imago when I began counseling work in 2019. Since then, I have used it consistently in my practice. Understanding the process of mirroring, validation, and empathy not only gives me direction as a therapist in session, it also provides a useful guide for a couple to get to know themselves in relation. This method is great for cultivating listening skills by asking one to consider how to reflect back the content, as well as imagining the experience, from what another says.

— Dani Knoll, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA

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

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

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 Menlo Park, CA

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

I now offer a nine-week online psychoeducational program that serves both as a self-study program for those couples who wish to work on their relationship at home, working at their own pace, as well as an introduction to couples counseling, teaching the skills and tools needed to make couples counseling really beneficial and successful. I particularly enjoy working with couples from different cultural backgrounds. Inter-cultural relationships offer unique challenges to couples.

— Brooke Randolph, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Indianapolis, IN

One of the biggest problems couples have are boundary violations. This is not always an intentional act, however, the experience tends to be frustrating. Through Imago therapy, you and your partner will learn to respect one another's boundaries, mirror during conversation to build understanding as this should be the focus in conversation. Validation and empathy are focuses in the treatment so that a strong bond can be secured via understanding and learning to communicate in a healthy manner.

— Brian Shrawder, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wellsboro, PA

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

Imago Therapy teaches couples Imago Dialogue to help them listen to, and validate each other. Imago Dialogue is extremely powerful. Through Imago, couples trace current patterns back to childhood experiences. This process heals childhood wounds and in turn, fixes problems in current relationships. We provide individual couples counseling sessions using Imago Therapy.

— Brianna Brunner, Clinical Social Worker