Workshop Schedule

"Getting the Love
You Want"

A Weekend for Couples


 October 24-25, 2015

Saturday and Sunday
8:30 A.M.to 6:30 P.M


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Imago Certified Couples Workshop Presenter
 
 
 

What is Imago Relationship Therapy?

Imago Relationship Therapy is an integrated theory and process for helping people develop the capacity for connection and compassion in the intimate relationships they share. Imago Therapy has grown out of the groundbreaking work of Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. as presented in his New York Times Bestselling books, Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples, Keeping the Love You Find: A Guide For Singles, Giving the Love That Heals: A Guide for Parents, and Receiving Love, (the latter two books co-authored with his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, MA., M.L.A.) . It integrates and extends the insights of the major western psychological systems, behavioral science and spiritual disciplines into a uniquely comprehensive and systematic theory of primary love relationships.

Imago Therapy is a wonderfully effective and safe approach for helping people in committed relationships transform their relationships into a lasting source of love and companionship. The perspectives and skills of Imago Therapy help relationship partners deepen their understanding of each other as they evolve into greater wholeness as individuals within the relational context they share. Imago Relationship Therapy also is relevant for single individuals seeking deeper relational knowledge and understanding in preparing for a committed relationship.

“Anna & Don are clearly committed to Imago
and to each other...”

The basic premises of Imago Relationship Therapy are as follows:

  • We were born whole and complete.

  • We became wounded during the early nurturing and socialization stages of development by our primary caretakers.

  • We have a composite image of all the positive and negative traits of our primary caretakers deep in our unconscious mind. This is called the Imago. It is like the unconscious blueprint of the one we need to be with as our partner in a committed, intimate relationship.

  • We search for someone who is an “Imago Match”, that is, someone who matches up with our composite image of our primary caretakers. This is important because we commit to a primary love relationship for the purpose of healing and finishing the unfinished business of childhood. Our parents are the ones who wounded us, and the healing of these wounds requires that we be in a love relationship with someone who matches their traits.

  • Romantic love is the door to a committed relationship and/or marriage and is nature’s way of connecting us with the perfect partner for our eventual healing.

  • We move into a Power Struggle as soon as we make a commitment to this person. The Power Struggle is necessary, for imbedded in a couple’s frustrations lies the necessary information for healing and growth.

  • The first two stages of a committed relationship, “Romantic Love” and the “Power Struggle”, are engaged in at an unconscious level. Our unconscious mind chose our partner for the purpose of healing childhood wounds.

  • Inevitably, our love partner is incompatible with us and least able to meet our needs and most able to wound us all over again.

  • The goal of Imago Relationship Therapy is to align our conscious mind, which usually wants happiness and good feelings with the agenda of the unconscious mind, which wants healing and growth. Thus, the goal of therapy is to assist clients to develop conscious, intimate and committed relationships.

  • This transition cannot take place through insight alone. Specific skills and processes are necessary that need to be practiced daily to shift us from having an unconscious relationship to a conscious relationship.

  • It takes courage, conscious effort, commitment, patience and a loving presence to create a safe, nurturing and passionate relationship.

For additional information about Imago Relationship Therapy, go to www.gettingtheloveyouwant.com which has information, articles, books, etc. about the theory and practice.


 

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