Background and Credentials

Background and Credentials of
Gay Jurgens, LCSW
Dallas Marriage and Family Therapist

Gay Jurgens began her professional career in 1966 and started her private practice in Dallas, Texas in 1979. In 1980 she became attracted to the Imago Relationship Therapy theories of Harville Hendrix, who was at that time a Dallas psychologist. His central thesis, that we select mates who will help us recreate childhood wounds so we can heal them, was much more hopeful and intriguing to her than the pathology-oriented theories about relationship dysfunction that were popular at that time.  She helped him organize his first training group for professionals in Dallas and spent 4 years learning Imago Relationship Therapy under his tutelage. Dr. Hendrix has since published 3 best-selling books, including Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples (which was popularized by Oprah Winfrey on her show.  She calls Dr. Hendrix her favorite psychotherapist.). Ms. Jurgens has been certified by Dr. Hendrix and the Institute for Imago Relationship Therapy as an Imago Therapist and Workshop Presenter.

Before discovering Imago Relationship Therapy, which has defined much of her private practice for the past 28 years, she was a founder and Executive Director of Turtle Creek Manor, Dallas's first halfway house treatment program for people with severe mental illnesses.  During the late 1970's she was Executive Director of the Women's Center of Dallas, an advocacy and counseling program for women. Ms. Jurgens is a licensed clinical social worker and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work.

Throughout her career Ms. Jurgens has been active in professional and community organizations. She is currently an active member of the Association for Imago Relationship Therapy and the Dallas Group Psychotherapy Society. She serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the Suicide and Crisis Center of Dallas and a budget panel for the United Way.  She wrote a column for The Dallas Times Herald entitled "Living Well" and is author of a seminar and workbook called The Assertive Person which she has been conducting for over 20 years. She has also conducted various kinds of human relations and communication workshops for many Dallas area businesses and organizations for the past 20 years.

Ms. Jurgens is married and has two grown sons. She and her husband have worked hard together (using many of the techniques of Imago Relationship Therapy) to keep their relationship interesting, growing and fun. Together they share a love of adventure and an interest in travel, sailing, history, politics, hiking, family, friends and cats.

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Gay Jurgens, LCSW
3850 Northaven Road
Dallas Texas,  75229-2733

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