It is only when we see love relationships as a vehicle for change and self-growth that we can begin to satisfy our unconscious yearnings.
Imago Relationship Therapy integrates a variety of approaches including neuroscience, attachment theory, cognitive-behavioral approaches, transactional analysis, ego psychology, and object-relations psychology. The Imago process will hold you steady to safely differentiate and at the same time feel connected.
Dr. Harville Hendrix and his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt, co-created Imago and talk about the process theory, a practice that helps couples attune, deepen, differentiate and thrive.
Are you in constant conflict with your partner, arguing over the same old things and never resolving your problems once and for all?
Do you feel you compromised to the point of giving up your Self to keep peace in the relationship?
Do you feel lonely even though your partner is right next you?
THERE IS HOPE.
Imago means image, refers to the “unconscious" image of familiar love. We all grow up with an image of love from our families we were raised in. This image or imago influences us as we choose a partner. The very forces which attract us to our partner later become sources of conflict. Imago Relationship Therapy offers a new way to understand ourselves and our partners so that we can experience greater joy in our relationship.
Imago Relationship Therapy is a model for working with couples to build better relationships by providing tools for effective communication derived from decades of relationship data as well as current and ongoing brain research.
The Imago idea is that we select committed relationship partners with both a conscious and unconscious agenda. Our unconscious agenda is to re-create the circumstances of our childhood wounding which provides a potential for healing.
Bringing this agenda to consciousness is the first step towards healing wounds and seeing your partner as an ally and an equally wounded person in search of his/her own healing. When couples mutually commit to the Imago processes, current struggles can be dissolved and wounds from childhood can begin to be healed, opening couples up to a deep loving and compassionate partnership.
She will seek to reach the best parts of both of you. She will challenge those parts to come forward. She will expect you to grow in your ability to look at the patterns that don't serve your relationship, without judgment or blame, and confront them.
Each of you have a piece of the responsibility in the relationship.
Do you want to feel more powerful in your life?
Do you want to explore and heal from past trauma?
Do you find the same negative patterns repeated in your life?
THERE IS HOPE.
Margaret is a Certified Advanced Imago Relationship Therapist. She will support you in healing your past and get on with your future so you can learn to be more YOU, more alive, and feel more at home in your self and in your relations than you've ever felt before.
Or learn what's keeping you from creating the relationship of your dreams. Individual sessions can help you learn what is holding you back from creating the relationship you want. Often we are unconscious of the barriers we create with others and discovering where they come from can help to cognitively change behaviors and release them.
~Somatic Embodiment - trained with Melissa Walker in the Somatic-Concentric Sex Therapy Model
~4D Model trained by Gina Ogden- connecting body, mind, heart and spirit based off of the ancient medicine wheel.
~Mindfulness, Guided Imagery, and Meditation;
~Cognitive Behavioral Therapy- changing thinking leads to change in affect and behavior and challenging patterns/beliefs;
~Adult Attachment Theory- exploring how attachment impacts relationship outcomes and how attachment functions in relationship dynamics.
~Neuroscience- the study of the human nervous system, the brain and the biological basis of consciousness, perception, memory and learning;
~Family Systems Theory (Bowen)- views family as an emotional unit that cannot be understood in isolation to one another;
~Internal Family Systems- the mind is made up of discrete subpersonalities each with it's own viewpoint, interests and memories and;
~Tantric Sex- the art of sacred loving using body, breath and spirit to elevate your sexual pleasure beyond the physical.
~Gestalt -a form of psychotherapy that is centered on increasing a person's awareness,
becoming aware of significant sensations within themselves and their environment so that they respond fully and reasonably to situations.
Margaret and her husband, Jason MD, PhD, invite you on a transformative journey in a safe environment that guides couples to create satisfying and long-lasting relationships using practical tools and strategies.
You’ll explore how to:
"Getting the Love You Want" Workshop is a couple's retreat featuring Imago Relationship Therapy. Learn how to communicate better and hear each other clearly, without blame or shame. You'll build your skills as a couple using the Imago Dialogue technique in a group setting. Participation beyond your partner is limited to your comfort level.
DATES COMING UP 2023!