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2019-Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt

IMAGO: Helping Couples Differentiate and Connect, a 2019 Cape Cod Institute workshop led by Harville Hendrix & Helen Hunt, with Carol Kramer, July 22nd- 26th, 2019

Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt

IMAGO: Helping Couples Differentiate and Connect
July 22-26, 2019

If you dread your next appointment with a couple, avoid doing couples therapy altogether but would like to, or love couples and want to do it better, join Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D., and faculty assistant Carol Kramer in this rare opportunity to study with the founders of Imago Relationship Therapy. In this training, you will learn how to look at couple’s therapy through a new lens and learn how to help couples:

  • See each other and their relationship in a new way

  • Practice talking without polarizing

  • Activate undeveloped potential

  • Shift from judgment to curiosity

  • Awaken from their symbiotic trance

  • Go through the seven stages of differentiation 

  • Learn the Zero Negativity and Affirmations process 

  • Connect current struggles to childhood issues and co-heal

  • Use their relationship to integrate their brains

  • Achieve relationship mastery and sustain it

  • Create a Conscious Partnership

This theory driven, skill-building training will help you get to the heart of most couples’ biggest challenge—accepting difference and becoming partners in the co-creation of a Conscious Partnership which meets developmental needs from childhood, thus restoring original connection, full aliveness, and joy. Methods will include lectures, live demonstration, practice, and videos. The training is credited by the Imago International Training Institute towards certification as an Imago Therapist if you wish to continue training and become a Certified Imago Therapist.


  • Overview: Imago Relationship Therapy

  • The Space Between and Conscious Partnership 

  • Zero Negativity and Affirmations process

  • The Observer Effect

  • Practice: Imago Dialogue and Feedback Process


  • Stages of intimate relationships

  • Our relational brain

  • Connecting the present with the past

  • Practice: Full Imago Dialogue- Challenge and Need 



  • Shifting from symbiosis to differentiation

  • Seven stages of differentiation

  • Replacing judgment with acceptance and empathy

  • The value of structure and the use of sentence stems

  • Practice: The Frustration Dialogue


  • Complementarity in couple’s relationships

  • Practice: The Initial Interview 


  • Affairs: An Imago Approach 

  • Where to go from here

Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt

Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt

Carol Kramer

Carol Kramer

Harville Hendrix, PhD, and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD, are co-creators of Imago Relationship Theory & Therapy and cofounders of Imago Relationships International, which has trained over 2,500 therapists in over 53 countries. They are also co-creators, with other relational therapists, scientists, and business professionals, of Relationships First, a non-profit organization that contributes to the creation of a relational culture through the distribution of new insights from the relational sciences, and through Safe Conversations® - a city-wide experiment in Dallas, Texas.

They are the authors of three New York Times best sellers (Getting The Love You Want; Keeping The Love You Find; and Giving The Love That Heals), Making Marriage Simple, and six other books. Harville is a couple's therapist with more than 40 years' experience as an educator, clinical trainer and lecturer whose work has appeared on Oprah 17 times. In addition, a 30th anniversary edition of Getting the Love You Want will launch in 2019.

In addition to Helen’s partnership with her husband in the co- creation of Imago and the founding of Imago Relationships International, she is sole author of Faith and Feminism and And the Spirit Moved Them. She was installed in the Women’s Hall of Fame for her leadership in the global women’s movement and in the Smithsonian Institute for her creation of Woman Moving Millions.

Helen and Harville have been married for over 30 years, have six children, six grandchildren and reside in Dallas, Texas and New York City.,,


Carol J. Kramer, LICSW, is a Clinical Imago therapist, Faculty Trainer, and Workshop Presenter. Carol brings enthusiasm, expertise, warmth and clarity to the learning process. She is able to break down how to utilize the theory and she makes the process of learning engaging, safe, fun and productive. Among the places Carol has presented are Omega Institute, Kripalu, and the Cape Cod Institute. She is based in New York City.

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What our alumni are saying:

"We are delighted to welcome Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt back to the Institute!"

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