We get asked that question a lot…

“how is your marriage counseling program different than any of the other marriage counseling that we’ve already tried?”

At our last group setting couples retreat we held here in Baltimore, MD, a couple asked us the very first day of the retreat, “Our previous therapist told us we were too volatile and said we should get divorced, how are we going to succeed, how is this going to be different?”

By the end of the second day, the couples had answered their own questions.

How Imago Couples Therapy is Different

In typical marriage counseling, a couple often is simply repeating the same dynamic that goes on at home.

how imago relationship therapy is different from traditional therapyOftentimes, the same yelling, the same shaming, the same blaming happens in the office as it does at home if the therapist doesn’t have a protocol to create safe conversations.

For context, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting to get different results. If traditional therapy is not helping your relationship issues why keep going?

Certified Imago Relationship Therapists (CIRTs) know how to create an environment of emotional safety and teach couples to do the same; clients don’t just simply repeat what happens at home with their marriage counselor. They learn and use tools to find a new way to relate to one another. The structured process of the imago dialogue calms couples’ reactive brains and establishes an environment of emotional safety with safe dialogue.

The Imago process is a complete 180 to what you may have been doing thus far with your couples therapist.

*Not speaking about abuse situations.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve tried EFT, Gottman, IFS, Somatic, Breathwork, Trauma work (so many to choose from, whew!)…


Because our marriage retreat programs are comprehensive, dealing with the underlying issues, not just one hour of therapy and by the time you sit down, the session is over; a couple is able to make a lot more progress at examining the root of the conflict, instead of having to perform weekly triage.

Schedule a time to talk with us about your situation and get some clarity for your relationship, 30 minute consultation calls are free. There’s nothing like speaking with someone who can give insight into your situation and help you find a clear path forward.

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Shlomo & Rivka Slatkin

Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin is an Imago relationship therapist and certified (master level) Imago workshop presenter with over 20 years of experience hosting couples therapy retreats in-person and online. Contact info@themarriagerestorationproject.com or