Hold Me Tight Retreats are based on Dr. Sue Johnson’s book, Hold Me Tight, and on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which has 30 years of research proving its effectiveness to create lasting change in couples’ relationships. EFT helps couples recognize dynamics keeping them emotionally distant, identify and articulate the needs and fears fueling their dynamics, listen and be there for each other in the ways each needs, and ultimately feel much closer, deeply loved and more connected. 

In the pages of Hold Me Tight, Sue demystifies couples’ conflict and communication difficulties clearly sharing the science behind each as well as the path leading to a lifetime of love. She shares stories of couples in distress gleaned from her years of experience and brings the concepts of emotional disconnection and attachment to life with these real life examples. Couples say they see themselves and their relationships in the book and better understand their and their partner’s actions.

Additionally, the book includes exercises for couples to do together assisting them to improve their relationships.

This book, written for couples, is grounded in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) developed by Sue Johnson with over 30 years of scientific research and 17 outcome studies supporting its efficacy and that EFT gets results that last. “The code of love has been cracked” according to Dr. Sue and EFT provides a clear map to understand what goes wrong in love relationships and how to set them right again. We all long to be loved, to be cherished, to feel special and to be a priority; however, sometimes in our attempts to get these basic human needs met, we unwittingly develop patterns and communication styles that work against getting the things we want. EFT’s map helps couples ask to have their needs met.

You may also enjoy reading Sue Johnson’s newest book, Love Sense.

In Hold Me Tight Retreats, you will learn to . . .

  •  recognize what drives the conflict
  •  communicate clearly
  •  ask for your needs to be met
  •  make repairs and to forgive
  •  be present for each other
  •  create deep love, closeness and connection
  •  make love last.

These 2-day retreats begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and end at 5:00 p.m. each day with approximately 1 ½ hour breaks for lunch. The information is presented with videos of real life couples, like you, and of Dr. Sue Johnson discussing love and emotional connection. Time for private conversations will be given as Wanda and EFT team members assist you with exercises helping you understand your and your partner’s emotions and needs, to communicate clearly and to listen with an open heart to hear and understand each other more deeply. Couples are invited to share their exercise experience with the group. Sharing is always optional and we will protect your privacy.

All workshop materials, exercises, beverages, snacks and lunches are included.

To see what others have said about the Hold Me Tight Retreats, read our reviews.

All couples are welcome regardless of marital status, race, faith or sexual orientation.

"Hold Me Tight®" is a registered trademark to Sue Johnson