Imago therapy

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Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) is a form of therapy that focuses on relationship counseling.[1]

IRT was developed by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt.[1] The word imago is Latin for "image"; in this sense, it refers to the "unconscious image of similar love," according to one therapist.[2]

A 2017 study of the method's effectiveness found that couples participating in IRT increased marital satisfaction during treatment (and to a lesser extent at a follow-up) but that the improvements were not clinically significant.[3]


  1. ^ a b "What is Imago?". Harville and Helen. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  2. ^ Kollman, Maya; MD. "Helping Couples Get The Love They Want". Imago Couples Therapy. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  3. ^ Gehlert, Nathan C.; Schmidt, Christopher D.; Giegerich, Victoria; Luquet, Wade (2017-07-03). "Randomized Controlled Trial of Imago Relationship Therapy: Exploring Statistical and Clinical Significance". Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy. 16 (3): 188–209. doi:10.1080/15332691.2016.1253518. ISSN 1533-2691 – via Taylor & Francis Online.