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Imago Couples Therapy with Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.: Proven Strategies for Helping Couples Connect, Heal and Grow

Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.
6 Hours 20 Minutes
Audio and Video
May 11, 2012
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Imago is a Couple’s Therapy that helps married/committed partners use their relationship to help each other co-heal childhood wounds and grow into their full potential. Here are just a few of many pertinent relationship issues that Harville will address:

  • Why do we fall in love with the people that we do?
  • What core issues do all couples face?
  • How do you transform destructive conflict into creative tension?
  • How do you work with the “difficult” couple?
  • Is it ever too late to save a marriage?
  • How do you help couples move from ineffective “communicating” to deep dialogue and restore connection and wholeness?

This seminar recording will introduce the basic theory and therapeutic processes of Imago Relationship Therapy and demonstrate its application to conflicted couples in committed partnerships. Attention will also be given to the implications of the relational paradigm for all forms of therapy.



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Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., is a clinical pastoral counselor who holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and Theology from the University of Chicago and is a former professor at Southern Methodist University. He is known internationally as the co-founder with his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD., of a couples therapy called Imago Relationship Therapy. Together they co-founded Imago Relationships International, an international non-profit organization that offers training, support and promotion of the work of 2000 Imago therapists in 30 countries.

Harville is the author of Getting The Love You Want: A Guide for Couples (which has sold over 2 million copies) and Keeping The Love You Find: A Personal Guide, both New York Times best sellers. With Helen he co-authored Giving The Love That Heals: A Guide for Parents, also a best seller, and Receiving Love: Transform Your Relationship by Letting Yourself Be Loved plus three meditation books, two study guides and a video for couples seen on more than 300 public television stations. Their books are published in over 57 languages.

Referred to by Oprah Winfrey as the "Marriage Whisperer", Harville has been featured on the Oprah show 17 times winning Oprah an Emmy for "most socially redemptive" daytime talk show, was ranked in her top twenty shows and recently received the #2 spot for Oprah's "Greatest Aha Moments." Harville has appeared on multiple television talk shows and is a sought after lecturer. For the past 4 years, his passion helped ignite a global movement to educate the culture about the value of healthy intimate relationships, which included working with the top Couples Therapists in the nation. Harville and Helen have been married since 1982, have 6 children and 5 grandchildren and live in New York City.




Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Harville Hendrix is President of Harville Hendrix Ventures, LLC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Harville Hendrix has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  • Describe the key difference between the relationship paradigm and the individual paradigm
  • Demonstrate the Imago Dialogue Process
  • Describe the difference between the role of an Imago therapist and a traditional therapist
  • Discuss the concept of the Imago and the role it plays in partner selection
  • Explain the outcomes of Dialogue
  • Reframe the Power Struggle as growth trying to happen


Imago Relationship Therapy

  • The Origins and Synthesis
  • Relational vs. Individual Paradigms
  • Why couples fight

Unconscious Journey
Conscious Journey
The Goal of Therapy
Imago Dialogue

  • Monologue vs. Dialogue
  • First Step: Mirroring
  • Outcomes of Dialogue

Imago Workup (Written) Theory and Therapy of Couplehood

  • Connection
  • Dyadic Structure of Nature
  • Original vs. Actual Self
  • Adaptations of Intrusion and Neglect
  • Emotional Symbiosis

The Formation of the Imago & The Selection Process
Imago Dialogue

  • Three Steps (Mirroring, Validating, Empathizing)
  • Flow of Felt Meaning
  • Maintaining Empathy (Still Face Video)

Demonstration & Practice

  • Body Language

Your Role

  • The New Role as Therapist
  • Your Role as Therapist as Global Healer

Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Therapists, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Case Managers, Nurses, Health Care Practitioners, Other Mental Health Professionals

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