Navigation Links
Avatar Meets Marriage Counseling; Take Imago Therapy for a Test Drive
Date:3/17/2010

Imago Relationships launch an online interactive experience to help couples create stronger relationships. You can talk with an animated character - called an Avatar - who can help you make sense of your relationship problems. Or practice your skills at calming an avatar who is playing the role of an irate partner.

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 17, 2010 -- Imago's new "marriage counseling" Avatar doesn't have a blue face and run around jungles. She lives in your computer screen, and provides penetrating insights into your marriage or relationship.

This is the new face of online relationship help, dreamed up at Imago Relationships International, one of the oldest and most established names in the business. Imago's Executive Director, Tim Atkinson, explains "When my first marriage broke up I avoided marriage counseling like the plague. I thought it would just be ineffective and unpleasant. Now I know better, I wanted to create something which gives people a taste of how much great stuff there is to learn about creating a strong relationship."

Avatars are animated people, or creatures, who can interact with you online. People create avatars to represent themselves when they enter games like "Second Life". Imago's Avatars are animated people that you can talk to about your relationship.

Imago's first interactive application was called "Home Late...again". As the game opens you are faced with an angry partner, demanding why you returned late from home without calling first. Apologies seem to add oil on troubled water. The game demonstrates the value of using elements from the "Imago dialogue", a conflict resolution process which lies at the heart of Imago's approach to marriage counseling.

"My Relationship Story" goes to a new level of interactivity. The avatar asks you a range of questions about your relationship and uses it to construct a story about how your partner may or may not be fulfilling your emotional needs. "She doesn't always get it right" admits Atkinson "but the point is to create awareness of how the past influences the present. It's marriage education, not therapy."

Imago first grabbed the public attention in 1988 when its co-founder Harville Hendrix, PhD published the best-seller "Getting The Love You Want." It was one of the first books to make sense of the complex field of marriage and long-term relationships, drawing on some of the great psychological and spiritual traditions and weaving them into a system that every couple could understand and make use of. "Imago isn't feeding the hungry, we're giving them fishing rods" comments Atkinson.

Hendrix and his partner Helen LaKelly Hunt PhD created a worldwide community of over 1,000 Certified Imago Therapists, one of the largest networks of couples therapy practice in the world. Teaching clients how to resolve relationship problems themselves has always been important to the approach. Therapy clients are encouraged to also attend a weekend workshop where they learn about the emotional forces that shape their relationship. "The combination of workshops and therapy is more effective, and saves money too" comments Atkinson.

The latest avatar-led online programs bring Imago's commitment to relationship education into the cutting edge of interactive technology. "We haven't seen anything else like it in this field, yet..." says Atkinson "My hope is couples will love this so much we can build a whole online teaching environment."

Is it the end of Marriage Counseling as we know it? Education tools like this may be all that some couples need to strengthen their relationship, but research indicates that most couples put up with a rocky relationship for years until they seek the help they need. "I'm just hoping less people make my mistake of choosing divorce over counseling" says Atkinson "I call this the Imago Test Drive. It's easier to commit to seeing a therapist when you can trust that they are using a process which you understand and like."

To test drive the Imago avatar visit Avatar Marriage Counseling

Imago Relationships International is a 501c3 nonprofit based in New York City, providing couples counseling and workshops in over 25 countries.

###

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/Imago/Marriagecounseling/prweb3730734.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2010 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. LMU Expert: Avatar Could Be Game-Changer for Internet
2. Temecula Environmental Groups & City to Honor "Avatar" Director James Cameron with First Ever Environmental Media Award
3. Personalized Live on-Demand Yoga Avatar Gains Popularity Amongst Users, Across all age Groups
4. Boise(R) BEWARE(TM) Meets New Federal Guidelines Set Forth by Medicaid
5. Plastic Surgery 2007: Where Truth Behind Emerging Cosmetic Treatments Meets Amazing Reconstructive Advances
6. Rural/Metro Board of Directors Meets With Accipiter Capital Management
7. Triumph-1 Trial of Viveta in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Meets Primary Endpoint
8. MEDRAD Mobile MR Injector Meets Challenges of MR Trailers
9. East Meets West at Cabo San Lucas New Saltwater Spa, Opening February
10. Chronic Pain Meets Its Match
11. Midwest Meets West Coast, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to Open New Campus in Downtown Los Angeles
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Avatar Meets Marriage Counseling; Take Imago Therapy for a Test Drive 
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... CarriersEdge, providers of online ... new suite of Driver Wellness courses. Offered in three modules, the courses can be ... so fleets can educate drivers about how to stay healthy on the road. , ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... After 30 years with The ... has announced her retirement from HASA at the end of 2016. ... 4,000 individuals and families with hearing and speech services. She has overseen the ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... SPH Analytics recently ranked fifth ... is based on reported data for 2015 performance and recognizes SPHA for its ... clinically integrated networks, and many of the nation’s leading health plans. , “In ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 06, 2016 , ... The NALA, ... the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF), a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization providing financial ... and San Luis Obispo counties. To assist TBCF, the NALA recently hosted a Thanksgiving ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... ... December 06, 2016 , ... Healthcare ... federal healthcare regulations at the 7th annual Health IT Leadership Summit, to be ... acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will be ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/6/2016)... SAN DIEGO , Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... leading RNA medicines company, announced today that it ... to develop RNA-based therapeutics for the treatment of ... Arcturus, wholly-owned therapeutic delivery platform LUNAR™ and UNA ... "Given Takeda,s long-standing commitment to and ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... 6, 2016  Regulus Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: ... discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs, ... its R&D day, held in New ... an anti-miR targeting microRNA-27 (miR-27) for the treatment ... an anti-miR targeting microRNA-17 (miR-17) for the treatment ...
(Date:12/6/2016)... , Dec. 6, 2016 A new study ... 340B (AIR 340B) projects the 340B Drug Pricing Program will ... which time it is expected to exceed $23 billion in ... see 340B purchases surpass current Medicare Part B drug reimbursement ... new study – based on analysis of data on total ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: