Advanced Trainings

Training group in South Africa

I offer a range of wonderful advanced trainings for Imago therapists, educators and facilitators. Some are open to others who have not yet trained in Imago. For more information and to schedule a training in your area contact

These courses are generally offered over 3 days in person, or 24 hours on-line including some self-study, but some can be adapted to shorter or longer presentations. Price is usually US$600 or equivalent per course.

Advanced Trainings count towards Advanced Clinician status for Certified Imago Therapists.  Imago Facilitators and Educators are always welcome to participate in all trainings.

For a complete list of Imago Advanced trainings visit www.imagocertificationand


Sexuality, Sensuality and Imago

Make informed choices regarding when to work with a couple and when to refer around sexual challenges. Develop comfort in addressing sexual issues.  Understand the dynamics of sexual challenges in terms of Imago theory and practice so you can help your couples connect intimately, physically, sexually as well as relationally.


The Relational Self / Working with Individuals in the Imago Paradigm 

The Relational Self/Working with individuals in the Imago Paradigm (a required course for Imago Facilitator certification) will give Imago practitioners ways to apply the knowledge, tools and skills of the presence, connection and the relational paradigm to their work with individual clients, integrate the Missing Self work from "Keeping the Love You Find", expand their repertoire of Dialogues and  have various models of working with individual clients.   Developed with Wendy Patterson.

Working with Individuals - on-line weekly on  Thursdays May 23, 30, June 6, 20, 27, July 11 & 18, 2024, from 1 to 4 p.m. Eastern, 6-9 p.m. UK.   To register or contact Hendrien van der Bilj at, for more information.

Brilliant at the Basics

A refresher and deepening of the tools and processes acquired during the Imago Clinical Training. Deepen your "deepening" skills, get an overview of Imago theory to guide your interventions, and much more to enrich your work with your couples.  Something for all levels of expertise.  Great for pre-certification, newly certified and for those who trained long ago. Contact

Growing in Competence in Imago

An exploration of the therapist's own experiences around Competence Stage issues, how it impacts their work and their clients, and what the research tells us about how to become the very best therapists we can be.

Characterological Growth

“We can’t see the world as it is; we see it as we are.” – The Talmud

Look at your own adaptive character structure and how you can grow into your fullest potential as a human being and as a therapist. Next training in Manchester, UK 5-7 October, 2024 - FULL

From Despair to Repair

So many of our couples come to us in a state of crisis and despair. The core of Imago work is to help couples to repair the ruptures and move back into the experience of of connecting.

We focus on three elements of repair that are impacted by a crisis:

1) the ‘between’ of the relationship – the interpersonal

2) using relational neuroscience as a map for inner attunement

3) helping the therapist with his/her own counter-transference and use of “self.”

Healing from affairs and other catastrophic exits will be included. Experiential and didactic learning.

The Journey of Change

Nine essential shifts couples need to make in their ways of being with each other to create the relationship they want to have.  Theory, demonstrations and practice in helping clients make each of the shifts. Developed with Maya Kollman.

Giving and Receiving Love

Why is it so hard to give the love your partner wants from you?  Why is it even hard at times to receive the love that your partner gives you? We look at the many reasons underlying these relationship challenges and how to help couples move beyond them.

Imago Therapy through the Developmental Lens

Digging in deep to understand Connecting/Attachment, Exploration, Identity and Competence issues as they develop in childhood and manifest in adult relationships. Understanding and attunement guides our work. Next training: on line May 30-June 2, 2024. Visit or contact

Presentational Skills Training

A specialization course for Imago Professional Facilitators and of value to Imago Therapists. Practice presenting Imago (and/or other topics) in a relational way that builds your connection with your audiences. Of value whether you will be presenting to individuals or groups large and small.  Dates TBA.

“Getting the Love You Want” Workshop Presenters' Training

For experienced Imago therapists and Advanced Clinicians who want to present this amazing, time-tested workshop for couples. 13 days

“Keeping the Love You Find” Workshop Presenters Training

For certified Imago Workshop Presenters who want to offer this insight-provoking workshop for singles and as an introductory or advanced workshop for couples.

Contact Sophie at for more information about these advanced training's and others available or visit Next training in Auckland, NZ, November 4&5.