Harville Hendrix Ph.D. and Helen LaKelly Hunt Ph.D. are internationally-respected couple's therapists, educators, speakers, and New York Times bestselling authors. Together, they have written over 10 books with more than 4 million copies sold, including the timeless classic, Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples. In addition, Harville has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey television program 17 times!
However, marriage—even for marriage experts—is never easy. Just like any other couple, Harville and Helen experienced a power struggle where they attempted to change, coerce, and threaten each other to be “more like me.” A critical comment would degenerate into loud arguments. Blaming each other was a common focus of conversation.
After a decade of marriage, they found themselves teetering on the brink of divorce. As Harville and Helen routinely trained other therapists how to save marriages, they started to lose hope that their own relationship would survive. Facing the inevitable, they decided to give one last try and commit to do everything possible to salvage their relationship.
Ironically, their own teaching made the biggest difference. Harville and Helen experienced the ultimate benefit of “practicing what you preach” to overcome negativity and learn to lovingly communicate with each other. They reconnected through the exercises they use to coach thousands of other couples, restored their marriage, and enjoy a true partnership that has lasted over 30 years. Their story of hope and seasoned history of helping others uniquely qualifies Harville and Helen as true relationship experts.
Harville and Helen co-created Imago Relationship Therapy to promote the transformation of couples and families by a creating relational culture that support universal equality. In addition, they've developed resources that help couples, families, and educators strengthen their relationship knowledge and skills. They are the co-founders of Imago Relationships International, a non-profit organization that has trained over 2,000 therapists and educators in 51 countries around the world.
A Safe Conversation
In their fourth episode, Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt meet with women’s and human rights activist Sunita Viswanath to discuss COVID-19 and its effects on daily life and relationships. Special guests and multicultural couple Vibhusha and Peter then demonstrate the power of a Safe Conversation at home.
Safe Conversations Dialogue
In their third episode, Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt explore how Safe Conversations can be helpful in overcoming traumatic or negative emotions. To showcase this process, special guests and multi-cultural couple Barry & Anne Contee (a Safe Conversations Leader) provide a demonstration of a 'Safe Conversations Dialogue'.
Sharing a Frustration
In their second episode, Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt discuss with Iranian Safe Conversations Leader Ali Ghasemian how Safe Conversations might be helpful at home during times of quarantine. A special guest couple then demonstrates 'Sharing a Frustration' and transforming it into a request.
Sharing an Appreciation
In their first episode, Harville Hendrix & Helen LaKelly Hunt speak about stress in the home and the benefits of their teachable Safe Conversations process. This process is then demonstrated through 'Sharing an Appreciation', with Sarah Crilley-Hill of Real News PR and her son, Caleb.
Safe Conversations® - Joy in Relationships
How do you keep JOY in your relationships, especially during this time of year?
Join us for a LIVE conversation with our founders, Drs. Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt, as they discuss how to keep or restore joy in your relationships!
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Simple yet profound!
I read a couple of Dr. Harville & Dr Helen’s books so I searched for a relating podcast. I love the honesty of their own experience and the simple way their concepts are explained that make them easy to relate to. They give real life examples of the exercises which is very helpful. Thank you for all the wonderful and transformative work you have done!