Imago Clinical Training
Imago Relationship Therapy

Integrating Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) into your practice can make working with couples more fun, rewarding, and successful.

IRT training offers you effective tools to empower your clients on their journey of healing and growth for themselves and their relationship.

IRT can give you the skills and confidence of a time tested, research supported approach to couples work.


Imago Relationship Therapy, a model of therapy developed by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., co-founder of Imago Relationships International along with his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D., recognizes that the inherent nature of human beings is what Jung described as a “push toward wholeness.” That wholeness contains Maslow’s qualities of a self-actualized person: spontaneity and creativity, acceptance, a balance between solitude and deeply intense relationships, humor, caring and compassion for others, inner direction, and an open and fresh attitude toward life.

Throughout our development as human beings, that wholeness is fragmented through experiences in relationships with our caretakers and results in a significant impact upon the choice of a marriage or relationship partner and upon the dynamics of all our relationships in adulthood. The ultimate goal of the work that couples do in Imago Relationship Therapy is to assist each other in repairing the wounded or injured aspects of that original state, and to reclaim the whole self that can more passionately and vibrantly express itself in life and in relationships.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss childhood stages of development and wounding as well as resulting characterological adaptations in primary relationships.
  • Discuss the concept of the imago and the role it plays in partner selection and subsequent stages of adult relationships.
  • Work with a couple’s resistance, flow with it, and keep volatile couples in dialogue.
  • Demonstrate dialogical skills to assist couples in restructuring conflict and frustration, resolving adult and childhood rage, bringing them into a healing relationship, and guiding them from unconscious to conscious relating (from reactivity to intentionality).
  • Demonstrate skills to assist couples in increasing validation and empathy and achieve a deeper level of commitment and intimacy.
  • Focus on their own personal characterological growth and thus be more capable of helping clients get in touch with childhood pain and find healing in their present intimate relationships.
  • Empower couples to continue the work of healing after therapy is terminated.
  • Admission Requirements

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    Couples Workshop Dates

    June 30th-July 1st 2018
    September 29th-30th 2018

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    I remember the first time I met my Imago deeply I was touched by his input. I remember thinking, "I trust this man." Never did I dream at that moment how much I would relive those thoughts and feelings in the years since. As a human being, as a teacher, as a therapist, Tony has touched my life profoundly. I am forever grateful." Evonne

    "Tony is a gifted teacher who deeply understands the benefits of Imago relationship therapy to clients and clinicians alike." Anne

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