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Now you can learn about the science of love and explore ways of strengthening your sense of connection and intimacy with your partner through this educational and experiential program. The Hold Me Tight Relationship Enhancement Program is based on the book Hold Me Tight, by Sue Johnson, the founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).  For more information about the book Hold Me Tight, visit: http://www.holdmetight.net 

Why Attend?

1. You will spend the entire weekend focused on understanding, repairing, and strengthening your most important relationship.

2. You will understand how the “science of love” works -- yes, there is an actual “science” to love, and it is called attachment theory. Understanding how we bond with and stay securely attached to our most important loved ones helps you understand how to love with more fullness, aliveness, presence, and deeper connection.

3.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.

4.You will be guided by two or more experienced couples therapist, 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.

5.The weekend educational workshop consists of approximately 14 hours of focused time to heal and strengthen your relationship. This breaks out to about $50 per hour per person, which is substantially less than the current rate of couple’s therapy.

6.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.

7.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!

Program Overview

In this program, you will learn about the new science of love and explore the negative cycles in your own relationship. You will participate in guided discussions, and watch demonstration videos to witness other couples learning to step out of the negative cycles and create a stronger, more loving relationship. You will have key conversations in private with your partner to move you through the negative cycles that keep you stuck. With practice, you and your partner can become more accessible, emotionally responsive and engaged with one another.

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 emotional raw spots are being hit.

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—Here, couples find how emotional connection creates great sex, and good sex creates deeper emotional connection.

Keeping Your Love Alive—This last conversation is built on the understanding that 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  

Please read the specific cancelation policy for your workshop.​

For April 17-19, 2015 (Therapists and Their Partners) Brandeis Bardin Campus: 

Our cancellation policy is determined by the commitments we make to our host facility. As such, the following is the most generous cancellation policy we are able to offer.

If you cancel your registration for any reason:

Prior to April 3, 2015:    Full refund minus a $25 administrative fee.

Between April 4- April 10 @ 3 pm:  For All-inclusive registrations: we will refund your registration fee minus $250
For Day registrations: we will refund your registration fee minus $75.

Between April 11-16:  No refund; however, we will credit 50% of your registration fee towards the cost of a future EFT Resource Center Workshop.

April 17 or later: No refunds or credits are allowed.

Please note: We are not responsible for any cancellation charges for outside hotel accommodations. Please check with your hotel's cancellation policy if you have lodging accommodations off campus. 

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.  

Please note that this cancellation policy differs from the Hotel’s cancellation policy. All cancellations will be subject to the policy as stated above.

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: 

April 17-19, 2015
For Therapists and their Partners

Brandeis Bardin Campus (Simi Valley)
Los Angeles, CA

The 3,000 acre Brandeis-Bardin Campus (BBC)*, nestled in the hills 45 minutes from Los Angeles, has a retreat feel that takes you far away from the hustle of city life. The BBC is a working ranch with hiking trails, camping areas, swimming pools, gardens, and wildlife. On any given day you might see horses running down the hillside, wild cattle grazing, or peacocks wandering through the campus.  You can learn more about the campus and its location here.

*The retreat is held on the BBC campus of the American Jewish University because of its idyllic and private setting and convenient location. This workshop is not affiliated in any way with any religious institution or denomination.

COST - 2 Package Options: 

1) $875.00 per couple All-Inclusive Hold Me Tight Experience Early Bird Rate ($925 after March 20,2015).  This includes Workshop fees and materials, Lodging on Friday and Saturday nights, and all meals and refreshments while attending the workshop.

2) $675 per couple Non-Resident Hold Me Tight Experience Early Bird Rate ($725 after March 20,2015).  This rate includes Workshop fees and materials, and all meals and refreshments while attending the workshop.

Student discounts available. Please contact Dr. Lisa Blum at info@drlisablum.com for discount code.


We are pleased to offer convenient and private accommodations on the grounds of the campus. You can park your car on Friday and not think about it again until it’s time to leave on Sunday. The Lee Village is a cluster of small cottages just a few yards from our meeting and dining rooms. All rooms have private bathrooms and two double beds. You will find the rooms to be quiet, clean and comfortable, but minimal – there is no television, internet, or room service.

If you prefer hotel accommodations in lieu of staying on-site, the Grand Vista Hotel in Simi Valley is about a 12-minute drive away. Email us for the registration code for a discounted rate.


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
Snacks and beverages throughout the workshop 
5 Meals: Dinner Friday, Breakfast, Lunch and (optional) Dinner on Saturday, Breakfast on Sunday
Lodging (if you choose the all-inclusive package)
Use of the full Brandeis Bardin campus grounds, including hiking, swimming, horseback riding (additional fee), evening campfire.

**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 13 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

Dear Fellow Therapists,  

We invite you to step out of the therapist role and nurture your own relationship in our Hold Me Tight Workshop.  We want to provide you the unique opportunity to experience the power of Emotionally Focused Therapy firsthand.  It's a powerful and evocative workshop, and we also strive to make the workshop fun, engaging, and a good experience for all of our participants.   We assure you that both you and your partner will learn about the science of love, intimacy and trust without jargon! 

We hope to see you soon,
Silvina and Lisa