We are Certified Imago Relationship Therapists and specialize in couples counseling.
Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) is an effective, loving and compassionate approach to bridging the distance between you and your partner! The principles and practices of Imago Therapy, first described by Harville Hendrix, PhD, in his best-seller “Getting the Love You Want”, have touched the lives of over 100,000 people in approximately 30 countries.
The term Imago is Latin for “image,”and refers to the “unconscious image of familiar love.” Simply put, there is often a connection between the frustrations experienced in adult relationships and early childhood experiences. For example: If you frequently felt criticized as a child, you will likely be sensitive to any criticism from, and feel criticized often by your partner. Likewise, if you felt abandoned, smothered, neglected, etc., these feelings will come up in your marriage/committed relationships.
Most people face only a few of these “core issues,” but they typically arise again and again within partnerships. This can overshadow all that is good in the relationship, leaving people to wonder if they have chosen the right mate. So here is the good news: When you can understand each other’s feelings and “childhood wounds” more empathically, you can begin to heal yourself and your relationship, and move toward a more conscious relationship
Here is an introduction by Harville and Helen:
You will receive the tools, knowledge and guidance to help transform even the most difficult aspects of your relationship into opportunities for growth, healing and joy. Each of these options can augment the other, and many couples find attending both the workshop and therapy complementary and extremely beneficial.
It's never too late to create the loving relationship you want! When love relationships run into trouble, many couples wonder: Do we really belong together? Take heart! What are usually missing are knowledge and skills not gained in everyday life. Once you know them and put them to use, amazing things can happen.
Many people believe that the number one secret to maintaining a healthy relationship is having good communication skills. If you're in an intimate relationship and feel that you could improve in this area, here are some ways to keep the communication - and the relationship - flowing.
Whether you are in the middle of a crisis, moving through an arduous transition time, or discovering unpleasant behaviors—a professional couples therapist or marriage counselor can be a tremendous source of support, strength and growth.
Recovering from an affair is a difficult and ongoing process. But it's possible to survive an affair. Marriage counseling can help you put the affair into perspective, explore underlying marital problems, learn how to rebuild and strengthen your relationship, and avoid divorce - if that's the mutual goal.
Understanding why an affair happened is crucial to recovering your marriage. Affairs can happen in happy relationships as well as troubled ones. The reasons vary:
The involved partner not getting enough from the marriage relationship or, conversely, not contributing enough to it
An addiction to sex, love, or romance
Fear of intimacy
A life transition, such as the birth of a child or an empty nest
Acting on impulse while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
A means of ending an unhappy marriage