Couples Weekend Workshops

Hold Me Tight® Couples Workshop

*All workshops are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 concerns. New HMT workshops will be posted here. Please check back with us!

Do you feel like you and your partner are stuck in a pattern where you:

Feel like you are "just roommates"?

Feel disconnected and more like business partners, rather than lovers?

Have the same argument, and little or nothing seems to get resolved?

Feel misunderstood or lonely, and long for understanding and connection?

If it's time to renew your relationship and break old patterns of disconnection, then this couples workshop is for you!

Workshops are based on the work of Dr. Sue Johnson, the creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and the author of Hold Me Tight.  Join us for a 2-day non-residential weekend workshop near the waterfront in downtown Tacoma, WA.

The Hold Me Tight® Workshop was developed by Dr. Sue Johnson and is designed around seven conversations based on the Hold Me Tight book, all of which have been shown to be essential to successful relationships. Through 7 step-by-step presentation, following with experiential private couple breakout sessions, you will learn how to understand and improve your relationship. The group presentation includes live teaching and watching video demonstrations of other couples. In the private breakout sessions, you and your partner will engage in focused conversations and dialogue.

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a short-term, structured approach to marital and couples therapy. Empirical research has supported the effectiveness of EFT, showing that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and about 90% show significant improvements (the best results of any couple therapy) and evidence shows that these positive effects last over time.

"This workshop experience has been one of the most profound experiences of our marriage".

Hold Me Tight Couples Workshops include:

  • Live teaching and demonstrations by licensed therapist who is also Pierce County's only Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist.
  • Video taped sessions showing couples working through the Emotionally Focused Therapy process.
  • Private experiential breakout sessions with your partner, including practice exercises, to help foster awareness and understanding of your emotional experiences.
  • A Hold Me Tight workbook containing exercises and information to take notes during the workshop, and to use at home as you continue the process of deepening your relationships.
  • A hardcopy of Dr. Sue Johnson's book Hold Me Tight, to read and continue developing intimacy at home.

Past Participant's Feedback

"The experience of the workshop has been an eye-opening one and I'm truly grateful that we came....I will never forget this's been one of the most meaningful experiences of my relationship with my wife".
"Thank you so much for this experience.  Thank you for creating a safe environment for me and my wife to share our deepest emotions.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you".
"The program helped me express some inner feelings that have been buried forever while providing me the tools to begin to communicate them with my wife".
"Thank you thank you thank truly has been wonderful.  I needed to really become focused on how important this relationship is in my life - to cherish and honor what a great fortune and gift I have in my relationship...I have renewed hope and optimism for life".
"I just want to say that this has been the nicest experience my wife and I have had in the entire 15 years that her and I have had as a couple.  For that, I can't thank you enough".

Join us for our next HMT Couples Workshop!

We will be at The Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center, located at 2302 North 30th Street, Tacoma, WA 98403 in historic Old Towne, overlooking Commencement Bay. We are within walking distance of the Silver Cloud Inn. Parking is free in a public lot on North 30th at North Carr Streets, on North 30th Street, and on side streets.

Early Registration (TBD) cost is $1,500.00 USD per couple (see FAQ's for refund policy).

Registration TBD or after, cost is $1,800.00 USD per couple (see FAQ's for refund policy).

First responder (Fire and Police), Military/Veteran, and Chaplain discount is available (see FAQ's for refund policy).

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Location : The Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

2303 North 30th Street

Tacoma, WA  98403


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You may also register by filling out the 'Contact Me' form at the bottom of this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Where is the workshop held?

A:  The Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center, located at 2302 North 30th Street, Tacoma, WA 98403 in historic Old Towne, overlooking Commencement Bay.

Q:  Is this a residential workshop?

A:  No. There are several quality places to stay within walking and driving distance from the workshop location.

Q:  How long is the workshop?

A:  The workshop is a Friday and Saturday event. You will want to be present for each segment, as they build on one another over the course of the weekend.

Q:  Is parking provided?

A:   Parking is free in a public lot on North 30th at North Carr Streets, on North 30th Street, and on side streets.

Q:  Do you provide snacks and/or lunches?

A:  Bottles of water, hot tea and coffee, and ample snacks are provided during the duration of the workshop.  Lunches are on your own and provide enough time to de-compress and process what you've just learned.

Q:  What does a HMT workshop look like?

A:  Over the course of two full days, you will participate in large group learning (through live and video teachings), and break out sessions. Break out sessions offer privacy to you and your partner to experientially practice what you learned in large group. There are trained EFT therapists on hand to help lend support throughout the entire weekend workshop.

Q:  How many couples attend the workshop?

A:  Currently, we allow 8 couples maximum to attend each workshop. This allows for optimal facilitator to participant interaction during our break-out sessions.

Q:  Are we asked to share confidential matters with the group?

A:  No. Sharing is completely up the the participant.

Q:  Is HMT appropriate for couples in crisis?

A:  Every couple is unique, with their own set of challenges. If you feel that you are in crisis, please call me so that we can talk about your specific situation and make a determination best for you. It may be recommended that you attend a few counseling sessions first, in order that you may be better prepared to glean maximum benefits from the workshop.

Q:  Can participants pay through installments?

A: I am sorry, at this time installment payments are not accepted.

What is your refund policy?

Cancellations will the subject to the following fees:

  • $100* Non-refundable fee on any cancellation.
  • $200* Non-refundable fee on any cancellation made between 30-14 days before workshop date.
  • All workshop fees become non-refundable if made 13 days or less before workshop date.

* Plus PayPal Processing Fees which vary by credit card carrier.

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