Hold Me Tight® is an educational program designed for creating stronger, more secure relationships.
Hold Me Tight® workshops are based on a book by Dr. Sue Johnson entitled Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love. The core ideas presented in Hold Me Tight® workshops are based on the theory of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), designed by Dr. Sue Johnson. In our Hold Me Tight® workshops, we guide couples through a series of conversations that help participants discover the three components that are at the heart of a lasting love for couples: Accessibility, Responsiveness, and Engagement (A.R.E.).
In a series of conversations, participants will learn to:
Better understand romantic love.
Better understand their own and their partner’s emotional responses and needs.
Describe and control their negative interactions, the interactional patterns that create pain and distance.
Create positive moments of reaching and responding, moments that will create a secure bond.
Our Hold Me Tight® workshop is a structured educational program for couples. It is designed to help couples work through the material in Dr. Sue Johnson’s book, Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love. The primary facilitator, Gregg Blanton, is trained and certified in EFT. Using a group format, videos, and interactional experiences, we provide a safe environment in which couples can grow and change. Couples receive the training they need for establishing the base of a secure and strong connection. They then leave with the basic skills they need for creating a loving relationship.
This video is an introduction to Dr. Sue Johnson and Hold Me Tight®.
Over the course of the workshop, couples learn and experience the following conversations of Hold Me Tight ®:
Understanding how you and your partner get into negative patterns of interacting.
Finding the underlying feelings that guide your negative patterns.
Learning how to reconnect after moments of disconnection or conflict.
Generating positive patterns of reaching for and responding to your partner.
Discovering ways to continue building a secure bond after the workshop has ended.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is one of the most effective approaches for helping couples develop a secure and loving bond. Drawing upon recent research about relationship distress and relational satisfaction, EFT reveals the nature of love and the power of emotion.
EFT couple therapy was developed by Dr. Sue Johnson in the 1980s. This approach integrates the science of love with attachment theory. Based upon a substantial body of research, studies show that more than 7 out of 10 couples treated with EFT move from distress to recovery and 9 out of 10 show improvement. EFT offers clinicians a way of working that helps couples create a safe emotional connection.
Strengths of EFT
Goals of EFT
EFT is not recommended for couples where there is:
Becoming an EFT Certified Therapist