The Hold Me Tight (HMT) Couples Relationship Enhancement Workshop: Conversations for Connection

Couples who want to grow stronger together and rekindle the spark that drew you together are invited to join this wonderfully experiential and interactive relationship education programme based on the book Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for A Lifetime of Love by Dr Sue Johnson, the founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

Each HMT series comprises two days of short lively presentations to the group and watching short video clips of couples taking part in HMT sessions with Dr Sue Johnson followed by safely facilitated deeply engaging intimate conversations that help each couple develop more openness, responsiveness and trust in each other. The healing happens in the conversations. The group rejoin after each private couple conversation and those who feel like can share their experiences so we all learn from each other. These open-hearted couple conversations provide a stable foundation for safe loving relationships.

Who can attend?

This workshop is open to couples who are struggling in some way, maybe arguing, growing distant or who just want to deepen trust and intimacy within their relationship. The workshop can be a prelude to couple therapy but is not for couples in acute distress who would initially benefit from couple therapy to overcome their relationship distress.

If your relationship has become like a wilting plant in need of some watering, then HMT might be what is needed to spring it back to life. It is also ideal for committed couples who want to improve their communication and connection or couples who have just started dating or are about to commit to a long-term relationship through moving in together, getting married or civic partnerships. All races, religious and sexual orientations are welcome.

Health warning: The Hold Me Tight Programme can be a prelude but not a substitute for individual or couples therapy. If you or your partner are experiencing acute relationship distress, serious depression or other mental health problems, you are also advised to seek individual or couples therapy.

Workshop Objectives

By the end of the workshop, you will:

The 7 facilitated conversations are based on the following topics:

Workshop Dates and Times

I regularly enjoy facilitating these healing and transformative HMT workshops for small groups of couples at my venue in Winchmore Hill, North London over two consecutive days, a Thursday and Friday from 10am to 4pm. The fee is £500 per couple. Workshops will resume when we can meet face to face.

The Quaker venue is a historic beautiful building located in tranquil grounds. There are lovely cafes and restuarants dotted round The Green to dine out for lunch. Light refreshments and drinks are provided during breaks.

Course registration

Max 6 couples per series to ensure couples receive adequate support if needed during the private couple conversations. I co-facilitate with my fellow EFT Couples therapist Isabel Bristowe so every couple gets lots of support throughout the workshop.

If you would like to register for a Hold Me Tight workshop with your partner, please email me at to find out about availability and forthcoming dates. The HMT workshops are booked on a first-come first-serve basis.

Before attending, I highly recommend reading at least the first four chapters of Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for A Lifetime of Love

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