Harv is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, a pastoral counselor, and an addictions counselor who is independently licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor. Harv holds advanced degrees in both Theology and Counseling and has completed postgraduate clinical training in Couples Counseling, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and in the treatment of Substance Use Disorders. He is also a trained spiritual director.
Harv has been affiliated with PPI since 2003. He has worked in both residential and out patient Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug treatment facilities. Harv has also pastored churches and served as a chaplain.
What is Imago?
Imago means image. We all grow up with an image of love from the families we were raised in. This image or imago influences us as we choose a partner. The very forces which attract us to our partner later become sources of conflict. Imago Couples Counseling offers a new way to understand ourselves and our partners so that we can experience greater joy in our relationship.
How does this happen?
It is through a process called the Imago Dialogue. This dialogue enables us to see our partner's view without judgment. We understand their feelings and thereby increase safety in our relationship. The dialogue process helps each partner feel visible and unique.
Imago Relationship Therapy was created by Harville Hendrix and his wife, Helen Hunt. Their work is best described in the book "Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples," which was 2 on Amazon and 3 on the New York Times Best Seller list in 2006, 18 years after being originally published. The enduring wisdom of Imago continues to make the book a valuable tool for understanding our relationship.
Visit Getting The Love You Want for more information. In a feature celebrating 20 years of Oprah on TV, Oprah Winfrey included "Imago Theory" in her list of "Unforgettable Oprah's Top 20 Shows." She talks about how Imago changed how she viewed relationships.