Imago Relationships

What is Imago Relationship Therapy?

Imago Relationship Therapy is a theory and practise of couplehood, integrating well established psychological theories & practical observations, which has evolved and developed over three decades. It is an approach to working with couples, helping them to deepen and transform their relationship.

Through Imago you will learn: why you picked your partner; that there is purpose to relationship conflict; that there is purpose to the initial attraction of Romantic Love; that the relationship becomes the centre, rather than each partner struggling to position themselves as centre; that differences offer possibility of growth; how to create a vision for your relationship; what each partner needs in order to feel loved and cared for; how to integrate positive behaviours back into your relationship.

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Imago Theory

“Imago theory offers a new definition of couplehood, based on collaboration, understanding, equality and safety” Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt.

Imago theory is based on the work of Harville Hendrix, PH.D and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PH.D, and was first published in the best seller ‘Getting the love you want: A Guide for Couples” by Harville Hendrix, which has sold over 2 million copies around the world and translated in 50 languages. Imago theory is based on the relational paradigm, which embraces the two separate and unique individuals while honouring the connection of the relationship.

The Imago Dialogue

In Imago, effective communication is considered crucial to unlocking deeper connections. The Imago Dialogue is an intentional, structured communication technique, which is the foundational skill in Imago Relationship Therapy. Through the three-step process of the Imago Dialogue, couples learn how to communicate effectively, create safety for each partner, remove defensive responses, develop empathy, deepen their connection, and transform their relationship.

Imago Contexts

Although Imago Relationship Therapy evolved as a theory and practise of marriage and couplehood, it can be successfully applied to other contexts, such as parent-child relationships, gay/lesbian relationships, friendships, and business relationships. Imago processes can be applied between two people or in group contexts.

Professional Training

If you are interested in becoming an Imago professional, click here to read about the various training programmes and/or contact us to connect you with the relevant training people in South Africa. All professional Imago training in South Africa is done under the auspices of Imago Africa and Imago Relationships International. Clinical trainers go through rigorous training and certification by Imago Relationships International.

Imago workshops are also offered in other parts of South Africa. Click here to find workshops in other parts of South Africa.

Imago Cape Town offer the following workshops:

1. Couples Weekend Workshop: Getting The Love You Want
2. Imago Parenting Programme: Connected Parents, Thriving Kids
3. Pre-Marital Programme: Start Right: Stay Connected
4. One day program for Churches: A New Way To Love

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About Us

Imago Cape Town represents a collaboration of passionate Imago practitioners wanting to give Imago Relationships a presence at the southern tip of Africa.

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