Our development toward the present therapeutic offer in Vienna:
After we met in 2000, Doris soon started working with me and contributing to the way I was doing “Emotional Work” in Brussels with patients – in individual sessions, with couples and with small groups –, which I had developed there since 1987. In 2002, Doris heard about the Imago method, which is a hands-on, very direct way of working on emotions between partners, and has a powerful theoretical model underpinning its innovative ways of working on relationships.
Soon after attending a 3-day Imago couples workshop, conducted by Hedy and Yumi Schleifer in 2002 in Austria, we participated together in the Imago training program held in Switzerland in French. In 2007, I was certified as Imago Relationship Therapist by the U.S.-based institute Imago Relationships International (website: www.ImagoRelationships.org ).
As Doris and I worked on our own couple using these new tools, we developed and continually refined a large set of specific, structured procedures for helping the partners in couples who consulted us to understand each other’s distinctive inner worlds, to make big steps toward mutual empathy and on this basis to reshape their ways of communicating and making behavioral changes.
As I applied this in my Brussels sessions, and as I blended in some features of other training I got — in Voice Dialogue, Visualization, and EMDR therapy –, my own work as a therapist with individuals and our work together with couples took on their present forms.
Dr. Hershkowitz, 2019