Both partners want you to take their side, and it’s easy to be pulled in one direction or the other sometimes, or to be swallowed up by the intense emotionality of sessions. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use Imago Relationship Therapy principles to connect with both partners, grasp their issues, and transform the emotional temperature of the session from one of antagonism to one of openness and empathy. We’ll explore mirroring and validation techniques. We’ll discuss how couples can use voice tone to produce nonverbal shifts in mood and emotional response and learn to validate each other even when they disagree. We’ll also touch on insights from attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and mindfulness practice related to couples therapy.
Jette Simon, Lic., conducts basic and advanced training programs in Imago Relationship Therapy, is the director of the Washington, D.C. Institute for Couples Therapy, and is a Senior Clinical Instructor for IMAGO International. She’s the author of Imago: The Therapy of Love.