Couples therapy or the Hold Me Tight Program – which is for me?
Hold Me Tight can be used in conjunction with counseling by an EFT therapist or as a stand alone course. The course teaches the seven Hold Me Tight conversations (learn more here), which repair and deepen emotional bonds between partners. If you want to enhance your relationship this is a great way to do it. If you are considering couples therapy this is a great way to enhance therapy. The course can accelerate the benefits of couples therapy by teaching essentials of EFT.
How much will I have to share with the group?
There is some time for group discussion and couples benefit from hearing the experiences of other, but we do not go in depth into personal experiences as a group. This happens privately between the couple.
What happens in each session?
The 16-hour course is broken down into ~2 hour segments during which we discuss one of the conversations in the book Hold Me Tight by Susan Johnson, watch a DVD segment of a couple having the conversation, break up to allow couples to do the conversation exercise, then regroup for discussion. Homework exercises are also provided for each conversation.
Does the group have any religious affiliation?
Workshops are not affiliated with any religion or specific ideology. The principles in Hold Me Tight speak to the capacity of the human heart to heal and find strength within relationships. Couples are encouraged to incorporate their personal beliefs into their connection throughout the process.
What types of couples are appropriate for the Hold Me Tight Workshop?
Highly distressed couples or couples where at least one partner has a severe mental health disorder or active addiction should seek out couples therapy instead of a Hold Me Tight workshop.
I know one of the facilitators personally or professionally. Can I still sign up?
Because this is an educational workshop it is okay for people to sign up for this workshop who know the facilitators personally or professionally. (In contrast to a therapeutic setting where it is unethical for a therapist to treat someone with whom they have another type of relationship.) Participants who know a facilitator may choose which facilitator, if any, they would like to support them through the conversations as needed. There are always at least 2 facilitators to choose from. Depending on enrollment there could be 3 or 4 therapists present. We encourage you to have a conversation with us prior to the workshop so we can address any concerns.
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