Healing in the Relational Paradigm
The Imago Relationship Therapy Casebook
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Already practiced by thousands of therapists around the world, Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) has aroused the interest of a widening international psychotherapy community. Now, for the first time, Healing in the Relational Paradigm: The Imago Relationship Therapy Casebook brings you directly into the therapists office to see firsthand how the tenets of IRT can translate into powerful and enduring skills for couple clients. Providing access to Imago work with a broad range of couple types, the book reveals ways in which activities, such as Couples Dialogue and the Container Exercise, help couples expand and strengthen their relational vocabulary. The first chapter, which proposes a new way of conceptualizing child development and its impact on the forming and maintaining of intimate relationships, lays the foundation for the chapters to follow. Subsequent topics - each handled by a front lines Imago therapist - reflect a true picture of the spectrum of issues and identities that are present in therapy. The contents cover attachment, exploratory, identity and competence wounded couples. Other contributions describe work with African-American, Hispanic, and gay and lesbian couples, while the impact of HIV/AIDS and Attention Deficit Disorder is explored in a third section. Finally, contributors offer a clear relational lens through which to view the core couple issues of addiction, sexuality, infidelity and spirituality. Healing in the Relational Paradigm demonstrates Imagois flexibility and promise across populations and in the hands of very different practitioners. The book shows the Imago approach to be more than just another technique: it is a profound shift in perspective, reinforced by a network of positive assumptions and communication exercises that together create an environment for healthy change. This volume would be suitable for marriage and family therapists.