Doing Imago Relationship Therapy in the Space-Between: A Clinician's Guide (Hardcover)
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, as illustrated in the New York Times bestseller Getting the Love You Want, 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 judgement. 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 is a book no couples therapist can afford to be without.
About the Author
Harville Hendrix, PhD, is an internationally respected couple’s therapist, educator, speaker, and New York Times best-selling author. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD, is an internationally respected couple’s therapist, educator, speaker, and New York Times best-selling author. She lives in New York City.
Straight from the creators of the highly influential Imago Relationship Therapy, this book presents the wonderful treatment method to clinicians. It's the epitome of authoritative finality and needs to be on every couples and family therapist's bookshelf. Buy it!
— John M. Gottman, PhD, author of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
You might buy this book because you loved the lessons from Getting the Love You Want. You might buy this book because you will personally profit from the knowledge, expertise, and experience of two extraordinary teachers. You might buy this book because your couples will love your increased wisdom and interventions. You might buy this book to increase your ability and confidence to handle your toughest cases. Whatever the reason, you won't be disappointed by this terrific book and its fresh perspectives on the extraordinary complexities of relationships.
— Peter Pearson, PhD, cofounder of The Couples 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.
— Stan Tatkin, Psy.D., MFT, author of Wired for Love and We Do
Relationships can be healed from the interwoven wounds of historical ruptures. Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt, the architects of Imago, one of the primary schools of contemporary therapy, provide a thorough, comprehensive, and scientifically-based program that brings relational living to life.
— Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD, Director, The Milton H. Erickson Foundation
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. Here in Doing Imago Relationship Therapy in the Space-Between, you'll discover a rich strategy to offer couples a way to become free from the often hidden binds that may restrict a person from joining together as a 'we'. Illuminating and practical, the Imago strategy is consistent with attachment research's findings that making sense of our own family history is the best way to ensure that we are most likely to have rewarding relationships in the future—spaces between that are filled with mutuality, compassion, and respect, freeing us to love fully and live our fullest life.
— Daniel J. Siegel, New York Times best-selling author of Aware , Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine, Executive Director, Mindsight Institute