Relationship counseling can be a powerful tool in addressing honesty, communication, conflict, intimacy, and trust issues.
Reimagine Your Life with Imago Relationship Therapy
Imago is the Latin word for "image". Deep down, each of us carries a picture of what we think love is supposed to look, sound, and feel like. We bring that vision and those expectations with us into our committed relationships, but they don’t always serve us well.
How does Imago Relationship Therapy differ from other types of therapy? Imago takes a relational vs. an individual problem-solving approach. For couples, it guides them on understanding how each of them come to the relationship with issues and how to heal together as a team.
Rather than acting as a referee, I teach and guide couples to communicate in a safe and structured way that removes blame, shame, and criticism. Instead, by facilitating a conversation the couple can learn from one another, using conflict as an opportunity for healing and growth.
Imago Relationship Therapy is a collaborative approach that often takes fewer sessions than other forms of therapy to uncover the root problems and patterns fueling most conflict and disconnection. Imago’s approach also lessens most common concerns partners may have about participating in therapy. These concerns or fears may include the beliefs a couple should solve their own problems; fear of being blamed for relationship issues; concern therapy won’t bring lasting change; lack of progress with previous forms of therapy; or the belief that the current status of the relationship should be left alone.
Why is Imago Relationship Therapy so effective?
Learning how to resolve conflict in healthy and loving ways helps to avoid lasting damage, resentment or hurt that can slowly tear relationships apart. Imago teaches specific tools, skills and guiding principles designed to empower couples and individuals to: Express feelings in a non-confrontational, safe, and structured environment; Address the root of conflicts rather than problem-solve specific incidents; Embrace the fact that each partner has different needs, wants and expectations; Make small changes that create big differences in terms of happiness and fulfillment; Build more intimate, trusting and mutually supportive relationships.
Who can benefit from Imago Relationship Therapy?
Imago Relationship tools work well for people seeking to deepen connections, including individuals and couples at all stages of relationships. From dating and prenuptial to long-term commitments or marriages, our tools can help couples whether they are currently experiencing distress.
An All-Inclusive Environment
I will work with you on identifying the underlying cause of the problem and we will work together to bring healing to the relationship. However, please keep in mind that my approach to relationship counseling is not based on the idea that the couple will necessarily stay together as this is not always the best option. I provide psychotherapy to people that are in heterosexual, gay, lesbian, non-binary, gender non-conforming, trans, kink, consensual non-monogamous relationships, and polyamorous relationships.
I specialize in helping people in all relationships that have experienced emotional disconnection and sexual issues of concern. I use approaches drawn from Imago Relationship Therapy. In the session, I will teach you the Imago Dialogue, a communication tool to help you be fully present, listen, validate, and be empathetic to each other. It is critical that we look at the past and discuss the wounds from your relationships. These wounds from the past can be triggered when there is a conflict or a rupture in the present. I will help you heal and grow so that you can move forward, but it is ultimately your responsibility for what you want to do with your relationship.