Individual Counseling/Psychotherapy (Psychoanalytic
Imago Relationship Therapy for Couples
Individual and Group Dance/Movement Therapy
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You may find my services helpful if you are
Difficulties/transitions in your personal
Difficulties in your relationships
Feelings of grief, self-doubt, anxiety, loneliness,
Body issues: body image, stress, intimacy
relationships constitute the core of well-being and vitality,
as I suggest here, empathy can be seen as the connective
tissue of relationships and empathic breaks as lacerations.
Empathy and its accompanying sense of connection bring
about a cohesive centered firmness of the self; empathic
breaks and disconnection lead to the self's enfeeblement
and fragmentation. This inner cohesiveness, which enables
one to "hold" one's own reality, is a reflection of the
connection within the relationship; that connection, in
turn, depends on the empathic milieu." Randall C. Mason
(1996). Imago, Relationships, and Empathy. The Journal
of Imago RelationshipTherapy, 1(2).
to find me
The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of
Chicago is located at
the corner of Washington St. and Michigan Ave.
30 N. Michigan or 77 E. Washington St.
Take the elevator to
the 19th floor,
Parking: Grant Park North Garage.
For more information call
Self Psychology developed by Heinz Kohut asserts
that one's real or true self develops in an affirming,
supportive and validating milieu and that connection
with an empathic human environment or other is as essential
to human psychological existence as is oxygen. In psychotherapy from a Self Psychological perspective the therapist and client
embark on a journey together to explore and understand
the client's inner experience. The outcome of such a
journey is usually a new place or experience of acceptance
and empathy for one's self and for others.
Center for Religion and Psychotherapy:
Imago Relationship Therapy was developed by Harville
Hendrix who wrote the best selling guide for couples
entitled Getting the Love You Want. IRT
helps a couple to develop greater understanding of each
other. It provides tools for safe communication and
helps each partner discover his or her barriers to intimacy.
The nonverbal aspects of communication such as facial
expression, eye contact, tone of voice, bodily movement,
and timing of responses are crucial to the experience
of connection or connectional disturbance. In couples
therapy the partners develop skills in verbal and non-verbal
attunement as a means of facilitating empathic connection.
Imago Relationship therapy fosters conscious, intentional relating
and uses committed partnership as a structure for healing,
wholeness and growth. Imago Relationship Therapy:
or Chicago www.imagochicago.com
is a form of psychotherapy that utilizes
the experience of the body and movement expression,
as well as verbal expression. Dance/Movement therapy
viewed from within a psychoanalytic/self-psychological
framework asks the question, "What is the experience
of the body or of movement, and what is the meaning
of that experience for the person?" Dance/movement therapists
are trained to focus not only on the client's verbal
response, but also on the client's non-verbal response,
as a means of understanding the essence of the client's
world. Non-verbal expression, like verbal expression,
is a function of the person's intrapyschic, interpersonal,
intersubjective, and cultural realms of experiencing.
The therapists' empathic response, through words and/or
movement, enables clients to become aware of and appreciative
of the meaning of their body/movement experience.
American Dance Therapy Association: www.adta.org
Margaret L. Mason
Center for Religion and Psychotherapy
30 N. Michigan, Chicago 60602
20 N. Ashland,
LaGrange, IL 60525
margaretlmason @ usa.com
Phone: 312-263-4368 x9222