Imago Therapy

Therapists in Washington

Imago therapy focuses on collaboratively healing childhood wounds couples share. It is believed by imago therapists that a person's brain constructs an image of characteristics from their primary caretakers including both their best and worst traits. The brain's unconscious drive is to repair damage done in childhood, and address needs that were not met, by finding a partner who can give us what our caretakers failed to provide. 

This is why traits of a future partner often reflect our parents' traits. Our unconscious drives towards this is to seek healing and to resolve unresolved childhood wounds and trauma, in order to grow. In this way, wounds received by a person, from their parents, tend to be re-stimulated by new adult partners and potential partners. The re-stimulation triggers old, unresolved emotions. 

In Imago therapy, both people in the relationship can learn how to heal one another and appreciate each other for who they are. Couples must engage in a specific type of dialogue for Imago therapy to work. The conscious self may not be able to see and understand clearly the reflection of unresolved parental issues in his or her current marriage partner. Nonetheless, our unconscious connects with this person in its best (unconscious) effort to heal old wounds and allow love into your life again.

  Imago relationship therapy is a form of marriage therapy that takes a relationship approach rather than an individual approach to problem solving in a marriage.  

If you have any questions about Imago Therapy, please give us a call at (425) 242-6267.