Imago Relationship Counseling is a research supported therapy. Below is a list of articles, publications and books that include a large body of research that has been done on Imago Relationship Theory and the Imago Relationship Counseling.
This explorative study recorded 32-channel EEGs from nine committed distressed couples prior to, during and immediately following the Imago relationship therapy program.
Fourteen individuals participated in Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) group training and
intervention. The sessions were carried out at a public institution of higher education in the
southwest and facilitated by a Certified Imago Therapist. The study followed an experimental control
group design. Findings indicate that while accurate empathy responding remained low, as
well as constant, across time in the control group, participation in the Imago Relationship
Therapy sessions strongly increased one’s ability to accurately empathize with their
partner/spouse. This study provides strong evidence for a theoretical goal of IRT, namely that it
improves accurate empathic responding for individuals who have received the intervention. Read More
Using the Imago Dialogue to Deepen Couples Therapy
The Imago dialogue used in Imago Relationship Therapy is a skill that promotes
connection, empathy, and horizontal relationships between couples. Adler discussed the
need for equality but did not provide a means[AU: “framework” perhaps?] for this to
occur in therapeutic relationships. This paper describes the Imago Dialogue as a means to
promote equality and empathy between members of a couple that will be beneficial to
Adlerian therapists. The three-part process of mirroring, validating the other, and
empathizing are discussed, as well as how to introduce the skill to couples. The
neuroscience behind the process is also discussed. Full article to be published summer of 2015, Journal of Individual Psychology.
Imago Relationship Therapy has several quasi-experimental design studies that indicate improvement in marital satisfaction.
Nine couples who completed a six-week treatment protocol in IRT were tested pre- and post-treatment utilizing the Marital Satisfaction Inventory. It was hypothesized that there would be significant improvement in global distress, affective communication, and problem solving communication at post-treatment. The data supported the hypothesis and all measures were significantly lower (Luquet & Hannah, 1996). Read more
If you know of any other publications including articles, books, and videos that include research in Imago Relationship Theory or Imago Relationship Therapy, please contact me here with the information or the link.