What is Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)?

This unique approach to therapy is focused on personal growth and healing through committed relationships and brings together the major Western psychological theories of the last 100 years. Imago Relationships Therapy (IRT) proposes that there is an unconscious purpose (we call it imago) guiding us in our selection of a mate and our conduct of our relationships. The difficulties we experience arise from our lack of awareness about what we’re doing in our relationships, not from our choice of partners.

IRT teaches us:

How our early experiences of love with childhood caretakers have profoundly affected our patterns of perception and behaviour in our current love life. It shows how we bring to our love relationships an unconscious agenda -— to get some kind of love from our partner that we didn’t get in our childhood so we can heal old wounds.

IRT proposes that frustration and struggle are a part of the development of a relationship, as we merge our “agendas” and attempt to get our needs met. In the process we often unconsciously rewound each other in ways we were wounded in childhood!

IRT teaches important skills to resolve the pain and conflict in relationships so that they remain safe, growing and lasting!

Thus we learn how to really love each other.

Imago Relationships Therapy is for couples who:

Are experiencing difficulties and want to resolve their conflicts
Are just beginning a relationship
Are considering separation but want to find out if they can work things out
Want to enrich their relationship

Read “An Introduction to Imago Relationship Therapy” by Harville Hendrix, co-founder of Imago. Click here.
Watch Video Clip “What is Dialogue”, where Harville Hendrix discusses the Imago Dialogue Process
Watch Video Clip Alanis Morrissette talks about Imago Couples Therapy
  • “The best wedding gift we have given each other. What waste of time energy and painful emotions when we engage in reactive conflict, rather than conscious, thoughtful negotiations.”
  • “We both are on relationship/marriage #3. We came with a want to spend the next 20+years together and we believe this has been shown us the way to achieve a union of beauty.”
  • “This workshop has been a real turning point in our relationship. I came along in a mood of desperation and am leaving with so much hope for our future together.”