In Imago Relationship therapy, couples restore their connection, repair their hurts, and understand the unconscious dynamics at play in relationship. Jeannie teaches couples how to communicate with each other more effectively, and how to turn frustrations into connections. More often than not, couples leave the first session feeling hopeful and appreciated. Change typically begins immediately.
She also provides individual therapy and coaching for those seeking help with interpersonal, life or career transitions. Therapy helps you understand how the past may have shaped you, and provides a safe venue for “unpacking” your life, defenses, interraction patterns, sorting what is working and looking at the possibilities for improvement, with the goal being your happiness. Coaching is about shaping your future through intentional living.
Groups, retreats and workshops are also offered throughout the year to help people meet and connect, to learn, to gain insight, to get feedback, and to get inspired to live a more conscious, meaningful life. Jeannie gets consistent feedback that her workshops are fun and inspiring.
Click on any of the links below to learn more, or contact us if you’d like to get started!
Imago Couples Therapy is a series of (preferably 90 minute) meetings with Jeannie regarding your relationship. You come in together and she will guide you through a series of discussions that help you and your partner re-connect and understand each other. You will also understand why you interact the way you do; e.g., why you argue, or why the chemistry seems to have faded, why you don’t feel close or have sex as often as you used to.
The dialogues create a safe way to “unpack” your history, get conscious and clear about how to create the relationship you DO want, rather than defensively reacting to what is NOT working.
Individual therapy is a series of meetings with Jeannie regarding your life. This may be your history; e.g., your childhood, adolescence, or relationship history. Or it may be a current situation that has you confused or disoriented. In most cases, it’s weaving all of this together so that you discover the valid reasons why you are the way you are, how your past shaped you, what is working well and what is not, defining the steps to create the life you want.
The typical individual therapy session lasts 50 minutes. Some people want a longer sessions; e.g. 70 or 90 minutes.
Whatever time is best for you, you can be assured of safety, privacy, confidentiality and assistance in helping you discover your own unique insight. Because we are all individuals, there is no “one size fits all” therapy. It’s all about you and what you need.
Often called “Personal Coaching” or “Life Coaching”, it is oriented toward the future, by establishing and strategically approaching goals you want to achieve. Examples include job changes, life changes, geographic changes, transitions, fitness goals, preparation for marriage, children, etc.
Where therapy typically examines how the past impacts the present, coaching helps you define and create your future.
Another difference between therapy and coaching is the venue. Therapy is done face to face in my office, while coaching is typically done over the phone in 30 minute weekly check-ins. The costs are slightly different too. Refer to my Fees for more information.
Getting The Love You Want Workshop
A Getting the Love You Want Weekend Workshop for Couples is a two day experience where couples restore their connection, deepen their understanding of each other, learn about the unconscious attraction that brought them together, how it becomes their source of conflict, and what to do about it.
The workshop is positive, fun and educational. Jeannie, as facilitator, presents a number of topics, uses a variety of illustrations to teach these topics, and couples do written exercises in their workbooks and private dialogues on their own relationship, ensuring your sense of safety and privacy. No one is required to speak publicly about their relationship struggles.
Stay Right Stay Connected Workshop
Often referred to as a “premarital workshop” or “premarital seminar”, this is a one day (6 hour) Imago workshop for new couples. The purpose of the workshop is to deepen connection, create awareness about relationships, and prepare for commitment.
The divorce rates are staggering, and research tells us that the average marriage lasts less than 10 years. Newly engaged or committed couples can create a strong bond and communication skills that will help their relationship withstand and even thrive during inevitable times conflict.
Keeping the Love You Find Group
Keeping the Love You Find is subtitled “Preparation for a Committed Relationship”. This small (space limited to 6 people) group of individuals meets each week for ten consecutive weeks for 1.5 hours of safe, but intensive self-exploration. The purpose of this group is to learn about your “Imago”, or the partner your unconscious mind chose for you; also to get conscious about your old relationship patterns, defenses and “re-created” pain you may have unknowingly projected on your partner or past partner, and break free of this behavior so that you can experience a conscious, mature, fulfilling, intentional relationship in the future.
You will be given writing assignments and specific exercises for learning from past relationships, discovering why you are the way you are in relationship, and what to do about it!
Cost: $60 per week
Living On Purpose Group
Left to our own devices, many of us fall into lifestyle patterns that leave us feeling unsatisfied with our lack of purpose, or motivation to create the life or career we want. We may overlook choices and opportunities, defaulting into unproductive behaviors for years!
At the other end of the spectrum is a conscious, intentional, meaningful life that we create together in this 1.5 hour weekly group. For the last several years, Jeannie has been teaching this as a non-credit course at Emory’s Center for Life Long Learning. Now she has begun offering it in a group format.
You can expect to
- listen or join in discussions about meaningful, purposeful living, and what comprises such a life
- learn about your own brain and why /how habits are formed,
- consciously assess what is working for you and what is not,
- decide what you would like to change,
- receive help and feedback in making changes,
- help others do the same
- meet like-minded people.
The fastest way to a great relationship!
Typically, couples do not seek relationship counseling when things are going well. Often they wait until the relationship is in crisis, completely falling apart before they seek help.
The relationship may be in crisis because of some external threat or betrayal of trust, such as an affair. Or maybe the fighting has just become too frequent or painful. Perhaps the relationship has just turned cold and distant. Each of these constitutes a painful existence, and this is usually when people search for a couple’s therapist.
Relationships often follow patterns and couples often feel that they are having the same argument or negative experience over and over. It’s exhausting and unproductive. Options are to keep fighting, keep distancing, leave and start over with someone else, or get help. (Just FYI about starting over, and speaking of patterns: if you leave and start over without awareness of what is really going on under the surface, you will likely end up in the same situation.)
So the best way to save a relationship in trouble is this: do a combination of Imago Relationship Therapy and a Getting the Love You Want Weekend Workshop. Why? Several answers:
- Because the workshop is enlightening, connecting and extremely positive and hopeful, and gets your therapy off to a productive start.
- Because the workshop is efficient – it accomplishes the equivalent of weeks in therapy.
- Because the workshop gives you a set of tools and instructions for using them, AND….
- The follow-up therapy ensures that you actually use the tools you were given.
- It’s more cost-effective to attend a workshop, and it is CERTAINLY more cost-effective than divorce and maintaining two households!
- The combination of therapy and workshop increases the chances of turning a negative relationship into a positive, loving relationship in fairly short order.
Look at like this: the workshop provides a dramatic, “tectonic” shift that helps you feel closer and connected. You will leave the workshop with a new understanding and a new skill-set. The old negative patterns, however, could creep back in without regular exercise of a new skill-set. Weekly sessions coach you on staying with your new skills until they become your go-to pattern. Habits take about 12 weeks to be formed, so after you’ve invested in a workshop and experienced positive change as a result, you want to be sure the change is permanent.
Conflict is growth trying to happen. There is a reason for the power struggle phase of the relationship and the reason is NOT for you to suffer or be miserable. It IS a portal for growth and healing for you AND your partner. Sign up today. Discover the conscious, mature relationship. You will not regret the experience of growth and healing.