This is a definitive recounting of a highly influential form of couples and family therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy. It's straight from the creators of this wonderful treatment method, so it's the epitome of authoritative finality. This book needs to be on every couple’s and family therapist's bookshelf. Buy it!
John Gottman, Ph.D.
Co-Founder of The Gottman Institute
The book could be an entire college course in couples therapy! Every couples therapist can celebrate the groundbreaking discoveries Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt make in this foundational text. They dissect what really happens in the couple experience – the interactive fields of energy, particles, and waves and how, in practical, applicable steps, the positive connectivity of the Space-Between ultimately creates relational wellbeing.
Dr. Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT
Author of Wired for Love and We Do
Combining decades of professional and personal exploration of what makes for a healthy and vibrant romantic relationship, Helen LaKelly Hunt and Harville Hendrix have created a magnificent approach for us all, with practical wisdom and scientifically sound insights into what happens in the "space between" two individuals….
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
New York Times Bestselling Author of Aware: The science and practice of presence; and Mind: A journey to the heart of being human
Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine
Executive Director, Mindsight Institute
About Doing Imago Relationship Therapy
The first-ever book on Imago Relationship Therapy from its creators geared toward therapists.
Developed by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt in the 1980s, Imago Relationship Therapy helps couples—and everyone in significant relationships—shift from conflict to connection by transforming the quality of their interactions. Now, for the first time, the essential principles and practices of Imago are presented for the benefit of both novice and seasoned clinicians.
Using the Imago processes, couples create a Conscious Partnership in which they feel safe, fully alive, and joyful, learning to be mutually empathic for each other’s childhood challenges and present to each other without judgment. Hendrix and Hunt help couples learn and practice Imago Dialogue, moving from blame and reactivity to mutual acceptance, affirmation, and empathy, thus deepening their connection.
Joining theory and practice with elegance, and filled with examples, exercises, and dialogues, this book is one no couple’s therapist can afford to be without.
About the Authors
Harville Hendrix Ph.D. and Helen LaKelly Hunt Ph.D. are internationally-respected couple's therapists, educators, speakers, and New York Times bestselling authors. Together, they have written over 10 books with more than 4 million copies sold, including the timeless classic, Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples. In addition, Harville has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey television program 17 times!
Marriage is never easy—even for marriage experts. After a decade of marriage, Harville and Helen found themselves teetering on the brink of divorce. As they trained other therapists how to save marriages, they started to lose hope that their own relationship would survive. Facing the inevitable, they decided to give one last try and commit to do everything possible to salvage their relationship.
Ironically, their own teaching made the biggest difference. Harville and Helen experienced the ultimate benefit of “practicing what you preach” to overcome negativity and learn to lovingly communicate with each other. They reconnected through the exercises they use to coach thousands of other couples, restored their marriage, and enjoy a true partnership that has lasted over 30 years. Their story of hope and seasoned history of helping others uniquely qualifies Harville and Helen as true relationship experts.
Harville and Helen co-created Imago Relationship Therapy to promote the transformation of couples and families by a creating relational culture that support universal equality. In addition, they've developed resources that help couples, families, and educators strengthen their relationship knowledge and skills. They are the co-founders of Imago Relationships International, a non-profit organization that has trained over 2,000 therapists and educators in 51 countries around the world.
Harville and Helen have been married for more than 30 years. They have six children, six grandchildren, and reside in Dallas, Texas.