Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. and Helen Lakelly Hunt, Ph.D.
Harville and Helen were married in 1982 and became partners in life and work. They cocreated Imago Relationship Therapy and developed the concept of "conscious partnership." Their partnership and collaboration has resulted in nine books on intimate relationships and parenting.
Harville is a Clinical Pastoral Counselor who is known internationally for his work with couples. A graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, in 1957, his alma mater awarded him an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 1989. He holds a bachelor of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a PhD in psychology and religion from the School of Divinity at the University of Chicago. He has received many honorary acknowledgments as a therapist and educator.
Following his divorce in 1975, he began a study of couples in order to better understand his own divorce and to search for the ingredients of a successful marriage. Since 1977 he has conducted couples therapy and couples workshops, taught Imago Therapy to clinical professionals, lectured on marriage to the public, and written books with Helen on primary relationships.
Helen is nationally known as an activist in the women's movement and holds two masters degrees as well as a PhD from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
To make Imago Relationship Therapy available to people outside his practice, in 1984 Harville and Helen founded the Institute for Imago Relationship Therapy (now Imago Relationships International in New York City - a nonprofit cofounded with Imago therapists) to train therapists in the Imago process and to develop workshops for couples and singles. The Institute has trained over 2000 therapists in 30 countries, and there are nearly 200 workshop presenters who conduct workshops around the world.
Imago Relationship Therapy has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show 16 times, one of which won for her the "most socially redemptive" award for daytime talk shows, and Dr. Hendrix's second show was included in O magazine’s "Oprah's Top 20 Shows" in 2005. He has also been featured on many other major television shows, and in countless radio shows, newspapers, and major magazines, and continues to conduct professional trainings and appear as a public lecturer.
Harville and Helen have a blended family of six children, including two from their own marriage. They live and work in New York and New Mexico where they are busy writing new books, giving lectures at various conventions, and planning the expansion of Imago processes into the larger community.