Harville Hendrix, Ph.d. and Helen Lakelly Hunt, Ph.d.

Authors & co-creators of Imago Relationship Therapy

Harville Hendrix of Imago Therapy

Imago Relationship Therapy is a system of theory and practical skills to help couples work through conflict and build deeper connection. I have found it to be a very effective approach for working with couples and use it in my practice. People sometimes ask me if I invented it (I wish!). Here is some information about the people who did.

About Harville and Helen:

Harville Hendrix Ph.D. and his wife, Helen LaKelly Hunt Ph.D., co-created Imago Relationship Therapy which focuses on practical skills and tools to build or repair connection, to use communication about conflict for deeper connection and win-win approaches, and for the healing and growth of both individuals and the marriage or relationship.

Harville is a psychotherapist and Clinical Pastoral Counselor with a degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Theology from the University of Chicago. He taught at Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas. He has received numerous awards and also received an honorary doctorate for his internationally renowned work with couples.

Harville and Helen have co-authored 10 books, including the #1 Bestseller, Getting the Love You Want;
Receiving Love: Transform Your Relationship by Letting Yourself Be Loved
Making Marriage Simple: Ten Truths for Changing the Relationship You Have into the One You Want.

Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D. in addition to contributing to the theory, books and development of Imago Relationship Therapy, is the founder and president of The Sister Fund which is "dedicated to the social, political, economic, and spiritual empowerment of women and girls." Helen has been active in the women's movement for over 25 years and was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame for her philanthropy dedicated to helping girls and women, and has received other recognition and awards for her work. More recently she, with her sister, launched Women Moving Millions to promote giving to funding for the empowerment of girls and women. Their goal is to fund projects not only in the United States, but around the world.

Together Harville and Helen have written numerous books on relationships, created the Getting the Love You Want workshops for couples, and continue to actively participate with other master therapists in the development of the theory and techniques of Imago Relationship Therapy. Imago Relationship Therapy has spread around the world as therapists and couples discover the depth and effectiveness of the skills and tools that allow individuals and couples to address the roots that fuel conflict, fear, disconnection and self-protection.

They have also developed Safe Conversations for low income areas that teach some of the basics of building a conscious marriage.

Helen and Harville both love spending time with their 6 children and numerous grandchildren.

"I appreciate Dawn's heart, thinking, and depth of understanding."

Dr. Harville Hendrix, creator of Imago Relationship Therapy

If you would like to use this highly effective form of couples counseling and education, contact me. I use Imago Relationship Therapy in: marriage/couples counseling (1 hour sessions), a counseling intensive (ranging from 3 hours to 2 days), or a couples workshop. (I offer Getting the Love you Want weekend workshops and I offer private couple workshops.)
For additional information on Imago Relationship Therapy, visit my 3-part series on What IS Imago Relationship Therapy?

© Dawn Lipthrott, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in marriage and relationships in Winter Park, FL. Her goal is to help you take the relationship you have and make it much more of the one you both truly want -- and in so doing, make the world a better place.

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