Imago Relationship Therapy is a highly practical form of counselling, developed by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt. It has seen thousands of couples worldwide establish more passionate and joyful relationships.
You can experience the benefits of Imago Therapy in two ways: attend a workshop or receive expert therapy/coaching sessions – or both!
What is Imago Therapy?
Imago Therapy helps to eliminate the idea of ‘right and wrong’ and replaces it with a sense of understanding and curiosity for yourself and your partner. You’ll discover more about how all partners move through Romantic Love into the Power Struggle and you’ll have opportunities to overcome problems and find joy.
The Imago Dialogue promotes change and growth and allows you to be accurately heard, and to hear.
If you’re looking for counselling services and want to work on your issues or marriage problems, Imago runs regular workshops designed to help partners gain a deeper understanding of one another and transform conflict into connections.
Each session is run by an advanced counsellor who will provide you with the tools, knowledge and guidance needed to strengthen the connection between you and your partner.
Marriage guidance counselling
Marriage counselling can transform even the most difficult aspects of your relationship into opportunities for growth, healing and joy. It’s a form of psychotherapy that can help to develop a positive marriage and support you through the problems you’re facing.
If you want to work on your own behaviours and attitudes towards your partner, you can attend marriage counselling alone.
What to expect from couples marriage counselling
Marriage therapy is an opportunity to listen to each other and work through the problems that you’re experiencing as a couple. The first session is designed to ensure that both you and your partner feel comfortable and can voice your opinion confidently. It’s the first step to assisting you on a path to happiness, whether that means remaining as a couple or deciding to break up.
It’s important to remember that your counsellor is not there to judge you; they are there to help you see a different viewpoint. Your marriage counsellor may ask about your childhood and previous relationships in an attempt to understand the reasons why you may be feeling a certain way. Your counsellor’s job is not to save your marriage; their job is to help you to decide on the best option for your future. They will not encourage you to separate with your partner or stay together.
Our counsellors can help you work through the problems within your relationship, whether that’s sexual problems, self-esteem issues or feeling distanced from your partner. You will usually have around 4-6 sessions and it’s important to put what you’ve learnt from each session into practice. You may be given work to do at home in the form of communication exercises.
Therapy for couples recovering from affairs
If you and your partner are trying to recover from infidelity, therapy is the first step to working through your problems. In each session you will discover more about each other and ways to recover trust and navigate a healing process.
Counselling sessions for partners looking to reconnect
When a couple has been together for a long time, they may start to feel as though they’re losing a sense of connection within their marriage.
In this therapy session, you’ll start by discovering what your relationship problems are and our relationship counsellors will help you to bring more joy into your marriage and a stronger sense of connection.
Relationship counselling for a new couple
Relationship problems don’t only occur within a marriage; they can start to appear in new partnerships. Imago Therapy will provide you and your partner with practical tools that will help to keep your relationship strong and survive long-term.
Personal development for singles
If you’re single and looking for healthy and lasting love, therapy is a great opportunity to boost your self-esteem and learn more about yourself and why you’re drawn to particular people. Each session will help you to uncover patterns that aren’t working for you and that may have caused relationship problems in the past. This is an important step towards self-love, personal growth and enhanced communication skills.
Couples Workshop - Getting the Love You Want:
Based on the bestseller, ‘Getting the Love You Want’ written by Harville Hendrix, this counselling workshop is held in London. It is designed for both new couples looking to create a strong foundation with each other and for long-term partners looking for marriage or relationship counselling to resolve long-standing conflicts and problems.
Throughout the weekend, you and your partner will have the opportunity to bed down the key principles of Imago and the Imago Dialogue processes – a powerful approach to exploring deep, emotional problems and restoring lost connections.
The ‘Getting the Love You Want’ workshops are led by one of our relationship counsellors and consist of lectures, written exercises, live demonstrations and practice sessions (all personal work is done with your partner).
Each session will take you through a journey as you learn to resolve problems and power-struggles that you may experience with your partner. It’s an opportunity to deepen your love and create a rich and meaningful partnership.
Our ‘Getting the Love You Want’ relationship therapy sessions take place in London, with various dates available:
Dates: Saturday 24th April 2021 – Sunday 25th April 2021 at 6:30pm
Location: Belsize Park
Facilitated by: Kalanit Ben-Ari, PhD
Singles Workshops - Keeping the Love You Find:
One of the most exciting relationships you will ever have is with yourself. Our Imago ‘Keeping the Love You Find’ workshop is based on the book written by Harville Hendrix and is perfect for single and divorced men and women wanting to be in healthy, lasting relationships.
This workshop is designed for those interested in working on personal growth, enhanced communication and relationship skills. Even if you are currently in a relationship or have completed the ‘Getting the Love You Want’ therapy workshop, this course is recommended as an incredible voyage of self-discovery.
Relationship Training in London
Imago Relationship Therapy UK offers several training options for professionals interested in integrating the Imago model into their work. All training courses are run by Imago International Training Institute and delivered by advanced and highly skilled Imago therapists and trainers who specialise in marital counselling.
- Imago Clinical Training: A one-year course available to qualified counsellors and psychotherapists who want to expand their toolkit.
- 2-day introduction to Imago Therapy: Perfect for those looking for a taste of the Imago Relationship Therapy approach. The introductory course runs annually in the UK and those who choose to continue to a full certification program as an Imago Therapist or Professional Facilitator will receive credit towards their training.
- Facilitator (Non-Clinical) Training: This training extends over four modules and helps people who hold no formal clinical qualification to deepen their personal understanding of Imago theory so that they can bring the relationship skills and knowledge into their area of expertise.
- Advanced Clinical Training: There are several clinical training options available to certified Imago Therapists and Educators. In the UK, we offer a yearly Advanced Course.
Training coming up in and around London:
Dates: Thursday 4th February 2021 – Sunday 7th February 2021
Facilitated by: Kalanit Ben-Ari
About our London-based Imago Faculty members
Kalanit Ben Ari PhD:
- Couples & Family Therapist
- BA AND MA in Social Work
- Doctorate in Psychology from Birkbeck, University of London
- Certified Advanced Imago Therapist & Chair of Imago UK.
- Imago Faculty facilitator
Kalanit Ben Ari PhD has worked as a couple’s therapist and parental advisor for over 15 years with a private clinic in Hampstead, London. She has published two books, one for parents, Small Steps to Great Parenting, which reached ‘Amazon Best Seller’ and one for children, The Lost Book.
Sophie Slade PhD:
- Licensed Psychologist – OPQ
- Certified Advanced Imago Relationship Therapist
- Senior Clinical Instructor.
Sophie Slade PhD, lives in Montreal, Canada and London, England, travelling around the world giving training sessions, workshops and intensives for couples who are ready to take the next step in addressing their relationship problems. With her warmth, humour and personal sharing, Sophie creates a safe environment for change. Sophie has received both the Helen LaKelly Hunt Award for Community Building and the Harville Hendrix Award for Clinical Excellence.
If you’re interested in working on your relationship problems, contact us today.