Hold Me Tight® Workshop



In this Hold Me Tight® Workshop you will learn to:

Develop a relationship that lasts

Reconnect with your partner

Communicate clearly

Identify and change negative cycles of conflict that block intimacy and connection

Repair past hurts

Create emotional and physical closeness

It’s All About Connection

This highly acclaimed and internationally recognized Hold Me Tight® Workshop is based on one of the most successful models of couples therapy (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy). The workshop demystifies couples’ conflict and communication difficulties while providing a safe space to explore reoccurring patterns, understand emotional needs and improve communication. The workshop will lead to change on a practical level, helping you learn to create lasting love.

What To Expect?

  • Supportive, safe and positive environment
  • Maximum 10 couples
  • 14-hours of instruction and assisted private couple exercises
  • Light snacks and refreshments included throughout the weekend
  • Workbook and materials for each participant
  • Practical tools and take-aways
  • Group participation optional

Reserve Your Space Today!

Early Bird Rate: $599.00 (per couple). Early bird rates apply if you register on or before Friday May 15, 2020.

Rate: $650.00 (per couple) After May 15, 2020.

All couples must complete workshop intake forms which will be sent to you once you speak with your facilitator. This is to ensure the workshop is the right fit for all. Your space will be reserved once payment is received.  Payment options: Cash, cheque or e-Transfer. Payment plans available, please inquire.

Your facilitator Jodi Rouah, MSW, RSW has specialized training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and brings a wealth of knowledge regarding a wide range of couple and individual concerns.

If you have any further questions about the workshop or would like to register please email: [email protected]

If you are interested in learning more about what happens during a HMT workshop, please find some of the most frequently asked questions and answers below.


What is Hold Me Tight® (HMT)?
Dr. Sue Johnson is a leading innovator in the field of adult love relationships for her work as the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). EFT has quickly become one of the most used, researched and effective interventions of couple’s therapy. Alongside EFT, Sue developed the best-selling book Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love and Love Sense. This book offers a revolutionary new way to see and shape love relationships and is modeled after EFT.
Learn more about Dr. Sue Johnson and her work.

What can I expect from a HMT couples weekend intensive?
A HMT weekend intensive takes the transformative conversations in the book and expands on them in an interactive and informative way. The word “intensive” is important here, as we spend over 14-hours together exploring your relationship over a 2 or 3-day period. You will have the opportunity to walk through each conversation and use it to develop a more in-depth understanding of the defining moments of disconnection or miscommunication in your relationship. Your facilitators and the in-session activities (done privately between partners) will instruct you how to shape these moments of disconnection into moments of emotional attunement and responsiveness, vital to creating a secure and lasting bond.

​The workshop utilizes a mixture of media to deliver participants all of the most up to date and interactive information required. You will receive an informative PowerPoint presentation, eight in-session activities to guide you through each conversation, eight homework activities to continue your work once you leave the workshop, plus a few extra handy tools to enrich the program, all available to you in a complete and personal binder. You will watch videos and case examples of real couples being guided through each conversation by Dr. Sue Johnson herself – which is a real treat! The videos are a helpful example of what it actually sounds like to have the HMT conversations with your partner. If you are a visual learner, this is an added bonus!

Who should attend a HMT workshop?
During the workshop, couples will have time to practice each conversation on their own with the support of your facilitators and roving therapists (a roving therapist is a couple’s therapist with advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy – there as extra support to couples throughout the workshop) should you desire.

All couples experience miscommunication and/or disconnection in their relationship. Typically we start out intensely connected and responsive to our partners but sometimes our level of attentiveness drops off over time. Losing a connection with our significant other jeopardizes our sense of security and leaves us longing for more out of the relationship. Some chose the intensive format because it helps them get a jump start on healing their broken bond due to many of life’s challenges (substance use, mental health, affairs, lack of intimacy, raising children, work stress, etc.). Others find themselves somewhere in between, perhaps needing a relationship tune-up or desiring the tools needed to create a long loving relationship. Regardless, your facilitators are trained to work with all levels of couple distress and are there to guide you based on where you are at within your couple.

Couples who are currently in couples therapy are also encouraged to join a HMT workshop as it adds to the already wonderful work being completed in private therapy. During the workshop couples often find that they are having different conversations then they may during couples therapy. This may be due to the relaxed nature of the workshop and your facilitator. A workshop of this nature often launches couples into the next stage of work or helps them gain traction needed if in the early stages of private therapy.

Will I have to share in front of the group? 
There is no requirement for you to share any private relationship details with the larger group. The workshop is largely informative and education with carved out private couple time for in-session practice activities. You will take what you learn in the larger group and apply it to your relationship during your private couple time throughout the workshop. That being said, one of the benefits of participating in a couple’s workshop of this nature is the normalizing and often relieving moments when one recognizes that they are not alone in their relationship concerns. Your facilitators set up a safe and confidential environment where sharing is welcomed but not required. ​We are committed to keeping each workshop small and intimate to ensure that all couples have the privacy, support and space needed to complete the work they came to accomplish.

What should I bring with me?
The workshop is set up to take care of all your needs so that you do not need to worry about anything but showing up! We will keep you fueled by providing snacks throughout the day, as well as coffee, tea and other drinks are also available. All the necessary tools to work throughout the workshop will be provided (binder, pens, paper etc.) and we provide a binder full of all the material covered throughout the weekend, all of the in-session activities and even a few more to use once the weekend is over.