WHAT IS IRT?
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
also teaches us:
our early experiences of love with childhood caretakers have
profoundly affected our patterns of perception and behavior in
our current relationships.
we bring to our love relationships an unconscious agenda
- to get needs met from our partner that were not met in our childhood.
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
to move from the temporary state of romantic love to a more
enduring friendship and mature love.
WHO DEVELOPED IRT?
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.
ARE 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
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