Special Guest & Cotherapeut
Dr. Charles Hershkowitz, MD
My personal development toward the present therapeutic offer
After we met in 2000, Doris soon started contributing to the way of doing « Emotional Work » with patients — in individual sessions, with couples and with small groups –, that I had developed in Brussels on my own since around 1987.
In 2002, Doris heard about the Imago (R) 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 together, led by Hedy and Yumi Schleifer, in 2002, we enrolled in the Imago training program held in Switzerland, in French, and attended the training together; in 2007, I was certified as Imago Relationship Therapist by the U.S.-based institute Imago Relationships International, whose website is : www.ImagoRelationships.org
As Doris and I worked on our own couple difficulties using these new « tools », we developed and continually refined a 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 enriched basis to reshape their practical ways of communicating with each other.
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.