Imago Therapy: Bridging the Gap Between You and Your Partner
Imago relationship therapy is a transformative approach to couples counselling that can help you rediscover love and mutual understanding.
Relationships can face challenges, but with the right guidance and tools, couples can build deeper connections and restore intimacy. Here we explore Imago Therapy and its benefits, with a focus on the service I provide as a counsellor working in Bristol.
Understanding Imago Therapy
Imago Therapy is an approach to couples counselling that aims to deepen emotional connections and resolve conflicts.
Developed by Dr. Harville Hendrix and Dr. Helen LaKelly Hunt, this therapy is rooted in the belief that individuals are drawn to partners who reflect both the positive and negative aspects of their childhood experiences.
Harville and Helen were seeking to heal from their previous marriages and to bring up their four children in a harmonious environment. They were fascinated by how the ordinary experiences of love, attraction and commitment can lead us to deep realisations about what it means to be human.
By understanding these patterns and triggers, couples can heal past wounds and develop healthier ways of relating to each other.
The Benefits of Imago Therapy
Imago Therapy offers various benefits for couples seeking to strengthen their relationships. Through this therapeutic approach, individuals gain insight into their own behaviours and how they impact their partner.
This self-awareness allows for greater empathy and understanding, there is potential for two wounded people to heal and grow, creating a solid foundation for effective communication and conflict resolution.
Imago Therapy also provides couples with practical tools and exercises to improve their connection and rebuild trust to turn the relationship into a true partnership.
Imago Therapy in Bristol
There are a few who specialise in Imago Therapy. I am one. You can meet me in person in Bristol or on Zoom to learn practising the Imago Dialogue. If you want to know more about Imago Relationship Therapy, read Getting The Love you want, by Harville Hendrix and Hellen Hunt or Keeping the Love you Find by Harville Hendrix. Visit Imago Uk website (gettingtheloveyouwant.co.uk) where you can find dates and venues for workshops for couples and individuals, and you can choose the therapist who is the best fit for you.
Imago can help a wide range of couples. For those just beginning their relationship and want it to be fulfilling to those who are at the point of melt down.
Age, culture or the sex of the partner does not matter. In fact you don’t need to have a partner to benefit from it.
One couple, Sarah and Mark (not real names), sought out Imago Therapy with me after years of struggling with communication issues.
Through Imago Therapy, they discovered the underlying reasons behind their conflicts and learned effective communication techniques. Sarah and Mark now feel closer than ever, experiencing a renewed sense of love and connection.
James and Emma, who were on the brink of separation. Imago Therapy helped them rebuild trust and navigate their differences by fostering empathy and understanding. Today, James and Emma have a thriving relationship, thanks to the transformative power of Imago Therapy.
How to Get Started
If you’re in Bristol and seeking to enhance your relationship through Imago Therapy feel free to reach out to me.