A 2-day restorative workshop retreat in Houston, Texas where you will come together with your partner to repair, enhance, and learn to continually grow in your relationship.
Experience Hold Me Tight | Learn how to
- Communicate in a way that pulls your partner closer
- Build trust by reducing conflict and distance
- Rekindle passion and intimacy by shaping your relationship into a more secure loving bond
What’s different about Hold Me Tight®
Hold Me Tight is an educational program based on the therapy model and practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). EFT is an empirically tested model of couple’s therapy that has shown excellent outcomes with many different kinds of couples. Numerous clinical research studies show that 70-75% of couples in EFT therapy move from distress into to recovery. About 90% show significant improvements and evidence shows that these positive effects last over time. In the Hold Me Tight program couples are taught and have the opportunity to learn and practice the key change conversations which make EFT as a therapy so successful. Learn more about EFT at ICEEFT and its developer Dr. Sue Johnson.
All couples, including myself, face or have faced times when communication with their partner was frustrating, overwhelming, or upsetting. Couples often describe getting stuck in fights they did not plan to have. Once the disagreement is going, it is a challenge to slow it down, much less hear each other’s perspective.
The Hold Me Tight program is based on 25 years of research in which couples taught the creator of Hold Me Tight, Dr. Sue Johnson, about patterns where couples get stuck in communication and how each person’s move in their communication dance exacerbates the other person’s stance leaving both partner’s frustrated and stuck.
Walk through 7 Hold Me Tight Conversations with your partner to better understand your communication patterns, your needs and longings, and then begin to share those with each other, coming close again.
Escape away to beautiful Houston, Texas on a weekend retreat with your partner.
Is Hold Me Tight Right for Us?
If you and your partner answer yes to the following questions, Hold Me Tight may be a good fit for you:
- Are you seeking more closeness with your spouse?
- Less friction or tension in your relationship?
- Do you find yourselves getting stuck when trying to communicate, then feeling distant as a result?
Learn how to break old patterns that leave you distant and frustrated. Discover new ways of coming close again.
Committed partners, engaged, newly married, and lifelong partners welcome.
About your facilitators
John Dietrich LCSW, LCDC
John holds a master’s degree from the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work and completed an internship and post-graduate fellowship at The Menninger Clinic Professionals in Crisis (PIC) unit. He has a natural warm and empathic approach providing couples a safe and secure environment to address issues with which they may be struggling. His work as a therapist has evolved over the years helping couples and individuals in a variety of challenging practice settings. He is especially passionate about Emotionally Focused Therapy as a model for helping couples recognize, understand, and overcome painful cycles of interaction between each other, as well as helping rebuild and increase emotional and physical intimacy. John has seen the benefit of incorporating EFT principles in his own relationship of 17 years and is committed to assisting couples develop deeper, more meaningful partnerships while also honoring each person’s authentic self.
Laura C. Spiller, Ph. D.
Laura is a clinical psychologist who has been in practice for over 15 years. Throughout her career, she has studied how to make families more resilient in the face of stressors and life challenges, such as physical and emotional health problems. Her passion is helping couples reconnect and develop a strong foundation from which they can take on any challenge. She specializes in using emotionally focused couples therapy to provide proven tools to help couples stop hurting each other and become a team again. She is the co-owner of Wellness Collaborative and owner of Heights Couples Therapy.
Michelle Puster M. Ed., LPC
Michelle gained her Master of Education in Counseling from the University of Houston. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist, Michelle, specialized in marriage and couples counseling. Owner of Katy Couples and Wellness counseling, Michelle provides marriage and couples therapy and has extensive training and experience in the area of couple’s therapy. Michelle is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and Certified Anger Resolution Therapist. Michelle began her training in the Katy, ISD school system working with adolescents and their families. Completing her practicum at Krause Residential Treatment Center, Michelle ran groups and conducted individual therapy. At Innovations Counseling Center, Michelle completed her Internship, running Men’s and Women’s groups, counseling partners in marriage therapy and conducing individual counseling. Michelle is passionate about Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy because she has experienced and been witness to the powerful changes it makes in couples’ relationships and lives as a whole.
Hold Me Tight® is a registered trademark to Sue Johnson.