Shelton is a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and has been in Private Practice as a Therapist for the past forty years. He is an Advanced Clinician in Imago Relationship Therapy and an Imago Workshop Presenter for Couples and Singles trained and certified by Dr Harville Hendrix and has assisted on his workshops many times.

While Shelton has studied in many theories (Shelton has comprehensive training in Gestalt and Transactional Analysis and is a certified director of Psychodrama) he both loves and highly recommends Imago Relationship Therapy and uses it extensively in his work.

He has done considerable work with couples in intimate relationships and with individuals recovering from the loss of intimacy and now specializes in relationship therapy and bringing people into connection.
He founded and is the director of The Seattle Institute for Relationship Therapy.



An accomplished Psychotherapist with a Private Practice in Perth, Western Australia, Susie brings to her work an extensive range of skills and experience and on-going training both in Australia and overseas.

She is a certified Advanced Clinician in Imago Relationship Therapy for Couples and Singles and a Couples Workshop Presenter.

Susie has a distinctive style that is a synthesis of her varied and extensive training experiences. She blends the methods of Imago Relationship Therapy, Inner Child and Family-of-Origin Work, EFT Tapping/Emotional Freedom Technique, Voice Dialogue, Sand Tray, Hakomi Body-centred Psychotherapy, Deep Process Work, Family Constellations and Polyvagal Theory. She also draws from a pot pourri of many other precious resources and tools such as Visualisation and Guided Imagery, Body Dialogue and Journaling 

Susie works with couples, individuals and families. 

An experienced Group Facilitator, she has presented a variety of Workshops, Retreats, Groups and courses. She is well known for her INNER CHILD WORK, INTENSIVES (deep processing residential workshops for either couples, families or groups) and WOMEN’S RETREATS.

Another area of specialty is relationship HEALING AFTER AFFAIRS

Susie is committed to teaching practical user-friendly communication TOOLS and SKILLS and processes that lead to personal growth, deep relationship healing and connection, love and intimacy.

RELEVANT Skills/Interests

  • Accomplished presenter— combineing wide knowledge and life experience, creativity, sensitivity, deep listening and connection, validation, nurturing and responsiveness. Offers presentations that are  innovative, understandable, impactful and transforming.
  • Believes that we as humans are at core relational and our deepest healing is done relationally.
  • Writer of regular articles on relationships and personal growth. Search the archives of one of Australia’s well known long term holistic papers; Also see Susies♡heartpathblog for a comprehensive selection of articles. 
  • Founded, organized and was the inaugural Chairperson of Imago AustraliaAIRTA (Professional Association of Imago Relationship Therapists, Australia Inc – She has represented Australia at International Imago gatherings and conferences several times. She is currently on the AIRTA Committee.
  • Regularly sponsored and organized a variety of personal and professional development Trainings and Workshops into Australia of international presenters.
  • Clinical Supervisor — assisted on Clinical Trainings and supervised students and trainees in Imago Relationship Therapy.
  • Excellent international networker – Susie loves putting people in touch with the infinite possibilities that surround us.
  • Is dedicated to life-long learning.


  • Shelton and Susie have been in a committed loving partnership since early 2001 after meeting at the October 2000 Imago ConferenceSusieandSheltonMarch2010.75_000 in Detroit, Michigan. They use the tools they teach which they are continuously refining and expanding.
  • For many years they were key members of the Imago GLOBAL Committee whose mission is to create a new model for marriage and intimate relationships and to transform the world one relationship at a time. They have a strong intention to decrease the divorce rate and educate everyone how to be in ♡LOVE-ing and safe relationships.
  • They attended the first Imago WORLD SUMMIT in New Mexico, USA in April 2003 and many years following. The Imago Summit is an annual gathering of Imago therapists and educators from around the world who come together to explore how to expand and develop conscious relationships and families worldwide. Imago is practiced in more than 28 countries by over 2000 therapistsabout_us7

They were the only Workshop Presenters teaching the Imago Work throughout Australia for many years and offered Workshops for Couples, Singles/Individuals and in Parenting.  They have also taught extensively in Seattle and Vancouver as well as in Austria and in August 2005 taught the first Couples Workshop in Chennai, India.

As well as the Imago Workshops they provide a variety of Love Life Retreats, trainings, supervision & private therapy sessions.

Now based in Darlington, Western Australia  they specialise in working with couples, individuals, families and groups.

“Never doubt that a small, committed group of thoughtful individuals can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

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“Look at every path closely and deliberately.
Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself and yourself alone one question. This question is one that a very old man asks…Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good. If it doesn’t it is of no use.”
~ Carlos Castaneda

Walking and teaching the HEART PATH is our life’s work and play.

How can we more deeply LOVE right NOW is the most important question of every moment; both ourselves and others.


Private face-to-face sessions by appointment are usually offered at our home office in Darlington or the places where we are visiting and presenting. Due to Covid restrictions we are only offering online work at this time.


Appointments available via Facetime, Skype or phone.


“My partner and I have been taking part in Imago Dialogue process over the phone for the past couple of months with Susie. I am normally someone who feels uncomfortable about speaking on the phone for more than a few minutes, so I was therefore very sceptical about the efficacy of doing something as charged and intimate as relationship counselling over the phone. I have however been amazed at how powerful and effective these sessions with Susie have been. 

Most striking is Susie’s unfailing attention to what is being said and its significance. 

She brings an extraordinary quality of sheer presence to these intense and intimate conversations. Apart from that, I feel she is unusually skillful as a therapist, knowing exactly how much to allow us to follow our thoughts & feelings and exactly when and how to intervene.

As people who have both had substantial previous experience of psychotherapy, my partner and I are finding the whole Imago process very effective. The key seems to be to be able to work together, using the Imago process to move us quickly into unprecedentedly deep parts of our psyches. 
I can wholeheartedly recommend Susie and the Imago Dialogue process to anyone who wants to have a more real, more alive and more intimate relationship.”

AVR Melbourne, VICTORIA Australia.



Are an opportunity to work on personal and/or professional areas of growth where you process for an extended period of time, preferably over a two day period.

They are especially ideal where there are geographic and/or time constraints that do not allow meeting on a regular basis.

These can be done with either Susie or Shelton facilitating or with both together.

If you have a particular issue or a reoccurring problem in your relationship, family or work that needs some deep attention or you want some one-on-one focused attention to extend the learning and processing from Workshops, INTENSIVES are highly recommended and encouraged

People are achieving deep results processing this way especially if the session is done with one’s partner or family members.

Please ring 0414 771 741 or e-mail for bookings or to discuss this further.

Our relationships are the most profound path for personal growth and transformation.


“Don’t ask yourself
what the world needs.
Ask yourself what makes
you come alive,
And then go do that.
Because what the world needs
is people who have come alive.”
~ Harold Thurman Whitman


Shelton Huettig, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapist 

Mobile: 0452 541 069

Susie Itzstein, B.A., Psychotherapist/Educator 

Mobile: 0414 771 741

♡HEARTLAND, Darlington Rd
Darlington. 6070 Western Australia

Love Life Imago Workshop Presenter