Joyce P Buckner, PhD

Joyce P Buckner

Certified Imago Therapist
Advanced Imago Therapist
Workshop Presenter
Consultant and Supervisor

Dr. Joyce Buckner is a licensed Psychologist who met and started working closely with Dr. Harville Hendrix in 1983 in Dallas, Texas. Many of their ideas about couples therapy were compatible and she became a major contributor of integral parts of the theory and practice of what became known as Imago. The "Couples Dialogue" (She calls her more extensive version "The ERA Process"), "Stages of Relational Development", "Relationship Adaptation Patterns & Power Struggle Issues", and the concepts of "Minimizing and Maximizing" are a few of her major contributions. Dr. Buckner was certified as a "Master Trainer in Imago Relationship Therapy"--one of only five to ever be granted that certification. The Master Trainers spent a great deal of time in New York City during the 90s at the Institute of IRT helping Dr. Hendrix develop the courses that became the training workbooks for the various certification programs and the GLYW and KLYF workshops. After the formation of AIRT, she served as the first working president of the Association of Imago Relationship Therapy for 5 years. In one of the earlier AIRT meetings, Dr. Joyce Buckner and Dr. Pat Love were asked to stand in the middle of the room and those who had been certified by either of them were asked to make a line behind them. There were very few left in the audience. Bottom line, through the years Dr. Buckner conducted a large number of workshops and training programs-- training IRT therapists, workshop presenters, and faculty members. Now it's very different; she has ceased to be available to do any more of the trainings in these last few years and now officially holds the title of Faculty Emeritus, finally giving her time to devote to a private practice in Texas. She continues to develop the model as she enjoys teaching and counseling those who wish to create relationships they love! She also supervises mental health professionals and occasionally teaches profesionals who request her broad expertise, especially in working with couples. In addition, she has published the book, Making Real Love Happen, which Dr. Hendrix endorsed as "The most profound and effective relationship book on the market today."

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Hebrew

I offer remote therapy online or by phone.

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