Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph. D are partners in life and work. Their lives and work are integrated in their commitment to the transformation of couples and families and to the evolution of a relational culture that supports universal equality.
Harville and Helen believe that how we interact with each other in all our contexts—home, school, workplace, and places of worship—determines our emotional, social, physical and spiritual well-being as well as the well-being of society and culture. To that end, they have developed and promote a new way of talking, called SAFE CONVERSATIONS®, that facilitates connecting and the experience of joyful aliveness. 'Safety' is the source or code word for reality that precedes facilitating and connecting in the resulting joyful aliveness. It is the condition for the experience.
To assist the transformation of all relationships, Harville and Helen co-created IMAGO RELATIONSHIP THEORY and THERAPY which is applicable to couples, families, parents and professionals who seek to be more effective in their life and relationships.
To spread IMAGO to the mental health world as a therapeutic system and educational process, Harville and Helen co-founded IMAGO RELATIONSHIPS INTERNATIONAL, which trains and supports therapists around the world. To date, more than 2000 therapists in more than 35 countries have been trained.
Harville and Helen also co-created, with other relational therapists, scientists, artists and business professionals, a non-profit organization called RELATIONSHIPS FIRST. The organization contributes to the creation of a relational culture through the distribution of new insights from the relational sciences.
To demonstrate the impact of new relational insights on large populations, they co-initiated SAFE CONVERSATIONS® as a city-wide experiment to raise the joy index of a whole city – Dallas, Texas.
Harville and Helen have created a variety of resources in order to help couples, families, educators, and therapists strengthen relationship knowledge and skills. These resources include three New York Times best sellers (GETTING THE LOVE YOU WANT, KEEPING THE LOVE YOU FIND, and GIVING THE LOVE THAT HEALS), their latest book MAKING MARRIAGE SIMPLE (2013), and six other books and manuals and out-of–the-box programs. Harville and Helen are currently working on the professional text for IMAGO THEORY and THERAPY as well as supporting research projects leading to evidence-based status.
Harville is a couple's therapist with more than 40 years' experience as an educator, clinical trainer and lecturer whose work has appeared on Oprah 17 times. He holds graduate degrees from Union Theological Seminary (NY) and the University of Chicago and is a former professor at Southern Methodist University.
Helen – in addition to her partnership in the authorship of 10 books on relationships and her co-creation and distribution of IMAGO – holds earned and honorary degrees from Union Theological Seminary (NY) and Southern Methodist University. The sole author of FAITH AND FEMINISM, she was installed in the Women's Hall of Fame for her leadership in the global women's movement.
Helen and Harville have been married for more than 30 years, have six children and six grandchildren, and reside in Dallas, Texas.