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Strengthen, renew, and repair your relationship in this internationally recognized workshop based on the best-selling book Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations For A Lifetime of Love, by Sue Johnson, the founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT).  

​In the Hold Me Tight Workshop, Together You Will Experience How To:

More About The Workshop

You will understand how the science of adult love works without the jargon -- yes, there is an actual science to love, and it is called attachment theory.  There will be lively discussion and presentations on cutting edge research that has unlocked the mystery of how we bond with and stay securely attached to our most important loved ones.  You will apply this to your own relationship to love with more fullness, aliveness, presence, and deeper connection.  

You will do meaningful exercises together as a couple in private, after watching video clips of real couples like yourselves doing the same exercises, as well as experience the benefit of being part of a safe and supportive group environment of other couples whose shared goal is to strengthen and heal their relationship.  No group speaking or sharing is required.

You will be guided by experienced couples therapists, trained and practiced in Emotionally Focused Therapy, a research-validated approach to helping couples heal distressed relationships*, and the basis for the Hold Me Tight program. The weekend educational workshop consists of approximately 15 hours of focused time to heal and strengthen your relationship. 

You receive a complete notebook of all Hold Me Tight exercises as take-home materials to keep that allow you to return to any part of the workshop at any time in private and redo, rediscover, and deepen the work you did in the workshop.

The investment you make in your relationship will come back to you ten-fold in greater feelings of trust, safety, intimacy, erotic connection, and fun!

Be More Accessible, Responsive and Engaged In Your Relationship 
Seven Transforming Conversations

Recognizing Demon Dialogues—In this first conversation, couples identify negative and destructive remarks in order to get to the root of the problem and figure out what each of you is really trying to say.

Finding the Raw Spots—Here, each partner learns to look beyond immediate, impulsive reactions to figure out what is really driving reactive behavior.

Revisiting a Rocky Moment—This conversation provides a platform for de-escalating conflict and repairing rifts in a relationship and building emotional safety.

Hold Me Tight—The heart of the program: this conversation moves partners into being more accessible, emotionally responsive, and deeply engaged with each other.

Forgiving Injuries—Injuries may be forgiven but they never disappear. Instead, they need to become integrated into couples’ conversations as demonstrations of renewal and connection. Knowing how to find and offer forgiveness empowers couples to strengthen their bond.

Bonding Through Sex and Touch— Couples find how emotional connection creates great sex, and good sex creates deeper emotional connection.

Keeping Your Love Alive— Love is a continual process of losing and finding emotional connection; it asks couples to be deliberate and mindful about maintaining connection.

​Dates and Times

The workshops sessions will be conducted as Fri-Sun or Sat/Sun weekend retreats. Please check our website for dates, times and format offerings.

Program Discounts

Inquire about available discounts: student rate, ICEEFT member; and referral from prior HMT participant.

We accept cash, check and all major credit cards. 

If paying by check, please make check payable to the EFT Resource Center and mail to: 

95 North Marengo Ave. Ste 200
Pasadena, CA 91101

Location and Parking

For workshop locations other than Pasadena, directions, travel and parking information will be sent in advance of the workshop date.

Pasadena workshop sessions will be held at the EFT Resource Center at  95 N. Marengo Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101.  Signs will be posted to direct you to our meeting room.  There is metered parking available on side streets (please read signs carefully), and a city parking structure is available ½ block away at the corner of Holly Street and Arroyo Parkway.

Travel and Hotel Accommodations

For Pasadena and Los Angeles workshop locations, local airports include Bob Hope Airport (this is the most conveniently located airport to Pasadena), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Long Beach Airport. Please be sure to account for some delays due to LA traffic in your travel time.  Click here for a listing of nearby Pasadena area hotels to consider for your accommodations. 

Program Requirements

All participants are asked to:

- Purchase a copy of Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, by Dr. Sue Johnson.  It recommended that you read the book in it's entirety prior to the start of the workshop for the weekend format. 

- Complete the Registration form.  

Cancellation/Refund Policy  

Cancellation policy for the Oct 2-4 Cambria Retreat: 

Cancellations prior to 9/17/15 at 12pm will be subject to a 100% refund, minus a $25.00 processing fee. Cancellations after 12 pm on 9/17/14 will be subject to a $500.00 cancellation fee, and the remainder will be refunded. This cancellation fee can be applied as a credit towards a future EFT Resource Center Workshop in Pasadena, CA. 

For Pasadena Workshops:  

If you cancel your enrollment more than 48 hours prior to the start date of the program for any reason, we will refund you the full cost of tuition, minus a $25 administrative fee.  If you must cancel within 48 hours of the workshop, we will credit your registration fee towards the cost of a future EFT Resource Center workshop.  Please note that workshop fees vary depending on location.  There are no refunds for cancellations beyond the start date of the program.  

For more information, please contact us.

​Note: This program is educational and is designed for relationship repair and enhancement. We welcome any couple wishing to heal, deepen and improve their relationship.  If, however,  you are experiencing intense relationship distress (e.g. violence in the relationship, threats to feelings of safety), it may be better to find a couple’s therapist in your community. Drs. Irwin and Blum can assist you with referrals if you wish. If you are uncertain about whether to join the program or seek therapy, feel free to speak with us first.
The next session of the Hold Me Tight Couples Relationship Program: 

Oct 2 - 4, 2015
For All Couples

Cambria Pines Lodge
Cambria, CA

Join us at the beautiful Cambria Pines Lodge, where you will participate in the Hold Me Tight Workshop while enjoying the lush, extensive themed gardens of the lodge.  Time is built into the workshop to enjoy the pools, nature trails, heated spas, or book a therapeutic couples massage at the Sojourn Healing Arts Center on site.  Venture into world renowned Cambria Village for unique shopping, dining, or take a stroll along the beach and take in breathtaking views.  

The cost of this workshop (fees are listed below) includes all workshop fees and materials, lodging, 3 meals, and refreshments throughout the weekend: Breakfast, lunch and refreshments on Saturday (dinner is on your own), and breakfast and refreshments on Sunday. Meals are prepared by the Lodge from their organic kitchen gardens. 

Space is limited!  We recommend that you book your retreat as soon as possible.  

Register here!


Early Bird Rate: $1100.00 per couple if registered by August 31, 2015.

Rate after August 31, 2015: $1250.00 per couple.

Please contact us at info@drlisablum.com for information on student discounts. Discounted rates are not guaranteed and are based on limited availability.

Weekend Workshop Schedule:

Friday Oct 2:  
2:00 - 3:00 pm Check In 
3:00 - 7:15 pm Workshop
Dinner on your own 

Saturday Oct 3: 
8:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 - 1:00 Workshop (with short break)
1:00 - 4:00 Lunch Served and Recreation (hiking, beach trails, swimming, shopping in town)
4:00 - 7:00 Workshop
Dinner on your own                

Sunday Oct 4:
8:30 - 9:30 am Breakfast 
9:30 - 1:30 Workshop (with breaks and refreshments)


We are pleased to offer convenient, comfortable and private accommodations at the Cambria Pines Lodge for your stay on Friday night and Saturday nights in Superior Cottages/Small Suites.  You can learn more about the lodge and the accommodations here


  • Workshop registration for two
  • Lively interactive group sessions with engaging teaching, popular film examples, and videos of couples demonstrating the exercises you will do in private with your partner
  • All program materials for you to take home and reference again as needed
  • Expert guidance and support from experienced EFT therapists to help you successfully experience the exercises in private.
  • Snacks and beverages throughout the workshop 
  • 3 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch and refreshments Saturday, Breakfast and refreshments on Sunday
  • Lodging
  • Use of the full Cambria Pines Grounds, including beautiful gardens, swimming, lounge.

**If you are a Psychologist, MFT or LCSW and would like to earn CE's, we are excited to offer in collaboration with Illuminated Education 14 hours of continuing education credits.  Please check availability of CE's if you are an MFT or LCSW outside of CA. 

Is it time to deepen your connection with your partner? The Hold Me Tight Program offers you a map to cultivate and strengthen lasting love in your most important relationship