"You can learn to speak from your heart in a way that your partner can hear. You will learn to hear your partner so they will speak their heart. This is the royal road to intimacy." —Dr. Joyce Buckner

Dr. Joyce Buckner

is recognized internationally as a leading authority on relationships, marriage, and the dialogical process.

A psychologist in private practice for more than 30 years, Dr. Buckner is also a licensed marriage and family therapist, author, former professor and academic department head at the University of Texas, and senior faculty member at the Institute for Relationship Therapy in New York City. In the last 20 years, Dr. Buckner has trained hundreds of mental health providers in relationship therapy and in the skills of workshop presenting. She appears as a relationship expert on international radio and television talk shows, including the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Dr. Buckner is certified by the Council for the National Registry of Health Service Providers in Psychology and is past president of the International Association for Imago Relationship Therapy.

Dr. Joyce Buckner
Southwest Institute for Relationship Development

“Joyce Buckner lives what she teaches. She embodies the empathy, respect and authenticity that are at the heart of the ‘Real Love’ she writes about in this wonderfully wise and potent book about relationships. Her work inspires, empowers and heals!”

Martha Baldwin Beveridge
Southwest Institute for Relationship Development

“Dr. Buckner is one of the finest minds in the field of human relations today. She artfully takes the very complex interactions in relationships and reveals them…with ease and compassion.”

Pat Love
Southwest Institute for Relationship Development

"My marriage was saved by practicing the processes revealed in Making Real Love Happen. If you want to revitalize your relationship and achieve real happiness in your marriage, you’ve found a path to success."

Jim Norman
Strategic Coach to Business Executives & Former President and CEO of

Zig Ziglar Corporation