Imago Therapy

Imago Relationship Therapy: Helping Couples find Safety and Passion in their Relationship

ImagoTherapy, developed by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D., is a very effective form of couples’ therapy that has been helping couples create stronger relationships for the past over thirty years. It works on deepening the connection between couples and, in the words of one of our clients, “helps to uncover the real you, talking to the real me, versus the defended you who can’t hear the defended me.”

Love and relationship can feel very confusing. One moment we might be falling in love with a partner who we imagine will make our life exciting and full of possibility. Later we find ourselves locked in a cycle of arguments, almost losing sight of what we first saw in our partner. What’s going on?

Imago provides clear answers to these questions, supported by the works of great theorists from Freud and Jung to Neuroscience. Hendrix and LaKelly Hunt have adapted these insights into a series of dialogue-based exercises. The exercises help you and your partner understand why you were attracted to each other, and what drew you into a cycle of disagreement that we call the power struggle.

Imago teaches that this power struggle is a natural part of your relationship. Through the Imago dialogue you can discover the purpose of the power struggle: to help you both grow together, and stretch into the deep joy of true, lasting love.

Sue Goldswain, Ph.D., R. Psych, and John Boland, M.Ed, CCC, are both advanced clinicians in imago therapy, as well as certified weekend workshop presenters (see couples weekend). They are committed to helping couples develop a relationship based on mutual safety and passion. Either John or Sue can provide you with more information on Imago Therapy.