Barbara L. Green, LCSW


About Imago Relationship Therapy

This unique approach to therapy is focused on personal growth and healing through committed relationships.  It is an integration of psychological, behavioral and spiritual insights.  IRT proposes that there is an unconscious purpose guiding us in our selection of a mate and our conduct in relationships.  The difficulties we experience often arise from our lack of awareness about the purpose of our relationships, not from our choice of partners.  IRT is for individuals and couples interested in understanding and improving all their significant relationships.

IRT also teaches us:

How our early experiences of love with childhood caretakers have profoundly affected our patterns of perception and behavior in our current relationships.
That we bring to our love relationships an unconscious agenda - to get needs met from our partner that were not met in our childhood.
That frustration and struggle are a part of the normal development of a relationship, as we merge our "agendas" and attempt to get our needs met.
Important skills to address the challenges and conflicts inherent in all intimate relationships.
How to move from the temporary state of romantic love to a more enduring friendship and mature love.


IRT was developed by psychologist Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. and his wife, Helen Hunt during the early 1980's.  Dr. Hendrix wrote the best-selling books, Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples and Keeping the Love You Find: A Guide for Singles.  Since the 80's Dr. Hendrix has established the Institute for Imago Relationship Therapy (IIRT) in Winter Park, Florida, which now has a faculty of 18 trainers around the world who contribute to the theory and practice of IRT and to the worldwide training of imago therapists.

Only licensed and credentialed professionals, who have been through a yearlong training (over 96 hours) in IRT through the Institute, are qualified to call themselves Certified Imago Relationship Therapists.   For additional information about imago therapy, its worldwide network of therapists and workshops, other products and training contact:

Imago Relationships International