Join Our 2-Day Weekend Couples Workshop in Portland, OR
“This was exactly what we needed as a couple. We were able to let go of so much we were holding onto. I feel like we are leaving with a clean slate! Thank You!”
March 9-10, 2019
May 18-19, 2019
September 28-29, 2019
In this deeply experiencial workshop, you will not just learn the skills that build love bonds, a sense of safety in the relationship to talk about anything, and that break destructive cycles of fighting or withdrawing from each other…
You will FEEL it.
With a combination of group sessions and private sessions, you will discover why the Hold Me Tight® approach works so well for any couple – new or old, straight or gay, bickering or shutting down.
You’ve gone through what this approach is all about and what it can do for you. Now it’s time to decide if you’re going to continue down the path you’ve been on, or choose to bond with your partner and rekindle the love and passion that is possible for you.
Workshops consistently sell out early, so grab your spot while you can!
Each Hold Me Tight® workshop includes…
- Videotaped sessions of couples working through the Emotionally Focused Therapy process.
- Lectures and demonstrations by instructors trained by Dr.Sue Johnson and the highly regarded Emotionally Focused Therapy Community.
- Practice exercises with your partner to create greater awareness and understanding of your respective emotional experience.
- A Hold Me Tight® workbook full of information and exercise to guide practice and emotional deepening of your relationship at home.
- Private follow-up session at no additional fee!-scheduled at a time of your choice!
“We came at a time in our relationship that was so rocky we weren’t even sure we make it to the workshop. Today we feel closer that we’ve felt and understand each other more deeply. Absolutely worth it.”Past Participant
“We feel like we are leaving this workshop with tools that are realistic and practical. We also feel validated – we are not alone in our emotions or experiences. Knowing that we’re not alone in our challenges means we are not alone in our solutions.”Past Participant
Facilitated by Licensed EFT Couples Therapists
Laurel Marshall, MA, LMFT
A licensed marriage and family therapist with experience and training working with couples using Emotion Focused Therapy since 2010. Laurel has a private practice in Portland, Oregon where she works with couples to identify and heal relationship dynamics that cause them distress, deepen vulnerability, intimacy and foster a secure and sacred connection with each other.
Joseph Losi, MA, LMFT
A licensed marriage and family therapist. He is recognized by the International Centre for Excellense in Emotionally Focuse Therapy as a Certified EFT Therapist. He is passionate about his work in helping couples to grow safer, more accepting and secure attachments with each other. In gentle and yet powerful ways, Joseph helps couples uncover and share their core identities.
Each workshop is held over two days, and does not include lodging or meals. Includes beverage service and healthy snacks, including coffee and tea.
We’ll start at 9 AM and go until 5pm. You’ll have an hour lunch break at noon and have the evening to enjoy downtown Portland. Nearby restaurants are available for lunch and dinner.
We’ll start at 9 AM and go until 5pm.
You’ll have an hour lunch break at noon.
Lodging and Food Options:
For those who live out of the city, this may be a good opportunity to spend a little time away and enjoy Portland’s food, nightlife, and neighborhoods. Or you can even stay right at McMenamins Kennedy School and enjoy the restaurants and entertainment available right in the building.
About the Kennedy School
Remember when the worst thing you could imagine was being kept after class? My, how things have changed! At Kennedy School, you’ll never want to leave. Here you can have a pint in a classroom, enjoy an aged whiskey in detention, enjoy a movie in the old auditorium…. The possibilities here are endless. (Just don’t run in the hallways, please. You might spill your beer.)
Since its 1915 opening, this historic elementary school has been a beloved fixture of its Northeast Portland neighborhood. McMenamins renovated the once-abandoned scholastic gem and turned it into Portland’s most unique hotel. Here you’ll find 57 comfy guestrooms with private baths and telephones (some fashioned from former classrooms complete with original chalkboards and cloakrooms – others with an author’s theme), a restaurant, multiple small bars, a movie theater, soaking pool, gift shop and a brewery (just wait until the principal hears about this!). Extensive original artwork and historical photographs cover the walls, ceilings, doorways and hallways.
Kennedy School is a memorable and comfortable place to gather. The hotel is located minutes from Portland International Airport as well as to shopping in downtown Portland.
Kennedy School allows pets at the tables in front of the hotel, served by the Courtyard Restaurant, and in hotel rooms for a $15 fee.
Held in Portland, Oregon
McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave
Portland, OR 97211
Only 1 Ticket per Couple:
Therapists – earn 14.75 CEU’s. Learn more here »
$749 Early Bird Price
($799 normal price)
Fee also includes one FREE Follow-Up Couples Counseling Session
Continue the experience with a FREE private couples counseling session with Joseph Losi or Laurel Marshall. Build on the foundation you began in the workshop, and get your questions answered after having brought your Hold Me Tight® experience back to your day to day lives.
Still have questions? See our FAQ below »
Hold Me Tight® Seattle is an educational workshop not meant to replace couples or individual therapy. Participants not in significant relational crisis and free of mood or addictive disorders will benefit most. If you have any questions regarding the appropriateness of this workshop for yourself or your partnership, please feel free to contact Joseph Losi @ 206-595-2577 or Laurel Marshall @ 503-298-9219 for a phone consultation. Certain cancellation fees may apply. See details on Event Brite Registration Page.
“I like how we were encouraged and helped to confront our issues in an open and non-judgmental manner.”Spring 2018 Participant
“You created a very safe environment and helped me understand with clear examples that were very valuable in seeing our relationship in a new light.”Spring 2017 Participant
“We gained tools to help us talk through some hard topics and helped us feel comfortable doing it.”Spring 2018 Participant
“The workshop was very easy to comprehend all-around. It felt like a learning..feeling experience and not a forced one. We left feeling hopeful.”Spring 2017 Participant
“Thank you all for such a transformational weekend. We are already practicing our new system we’ve put in place, and have had moments of bonding instead of turning away as we were before.”Spring 2017 Participant
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long does your workshop last?
A: We meet on Saturday from 9am-5pm. We finish on Sunday from 9am-5pm. We move around a lot during our workshop.
Q: Is this a residential workshop?
Q: Where is the workshop held?
SEATTLE: Currently, we hold HMTS workshops at Pyramid Communications, which is located at 1932 1st Ave, in downtown Seattle. HMTS has complete use of the entire Pyramid office during the workshop, which affords us privacy during the entire workshop, particularly during our private couple breakout sessions. HMTS has access to the state of the art audio and visual system of Pyramid Communication.
PORTLAND: We will be holding our HMTP workshops at McMenamins Kennedy School, which is located at 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland, OR 97211 and can be found online at https://www.mcmenamins.com/kennedy-school for more information, booking a room, checking out the activities and restaurants, and more. We have private space to hold our workshops to create a safe atmosphere.
Q: Is parking provided?
SEATTLE: No, but there are many parking lots in the surrounding area.
PORTLAND: Limited onsite parking is available for all Kennedy School guests at no charge. All parking is first come first served and may be used by both overnight guests and day visitors alike in the main parking lot.
For Hotel Guests, a portion of the parking lot is dedicated to overnight guests only. A parking pass is required and will be issued at check-in. The pass will need to be visible on the dashboard. These spaces are limited and will be available on a first come first served basis.
They recommend unloading in the parking lot which is on the East side of the building. They have luggage carts available at the front desk by request.
Additional parking options include street parking, which is free and available on NE 33rd, NE Simpson, NE Jarrett, and NE Jessup without time limitations.
Q: Do you provide food/drinks?
A: We do. Coffee/Tea/Soft Drinks/Water/Munchies are generously provided. We take a generous lunch break on Saturday and Sunday, which allows everyone to partake of the many restaurants near the venue. For Seattle, you can drop in to the Pike Place Market, which is right at our door-step, and explore the many food and activity options there, or in the nearby area. For Portland, the location has food options right in the venue to choose from, or you can explore the surrounding community for other options.
Q: Does HMTPNW use EFT? What is EFT?
A: Yes. EFT or Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples is a highly researched and empirically validated couple therapy approach. EFT has been shown to be effective with over 70% of the couples who seek it out. EFT combines experiential emotion focused work with family systems. Grounded in Attachment Theory EFT produces change through corrective emotional experiences which unblock vulnerable hidden primary emotion in a safe, measured and progressive manner. Follow-up studies of couples who partake of individual EFT therapy demonstrate couple satisfaction at 3 years post therapy.
Q: What style of workshop does HMTPNW conduct?
A: The heart of the HMTS workshop revolves around 7 experiential private couple breakout sessions. Each session is professionally facilitated by Laurel and Joseph, who are highly trained EFT couples therapists. Our HMTS workshop also utilizes, a lively mix of PowerPoint discussion, video demos, and safe group process and discussion. No death by PowerPoint.
Q: Does HMTPNW use the methods of Dr. Susan Johnson, the primary creator of EFT?
A. Yes. As fully credentialed and highly trained EFT practitioners with thousands of hours in EFT training and clinical practice we largely base our workshops from the original HMT workshop designed by Dr. Johnson. We have made enhancements over the years we have offered the workshop.
Q: What is the satisfaction rate of couples who partake in the workshop?
A: Self- Evaluations from the couples that have completed our workshops have demonstrated a satisfaction rated of over 85%.
Q: Are workshop participants asked to process confidential matters in group?
A: No. But many participants do share poignant lessons they experience during the workshop. Sharing is completely up to the participant.
Q: Will participants be required to do much writing?
A: No. But many of our participants take generous notes in provided workshop booklet, or in their own notebooks.
Q: Is HMTPNW appropriate for couples in crisis?
A: Every couple is different. Every couple crisis presents different challenges. If you feel like you are in crisis, we recommend that you call us and describe your situation. Only with a good assessment of your current challenge will we be able to fully assess the fit of the workshop for you. We may suggest an intensive session before coming to the workshop to better prepare you to gain the maximum benefit the workshop can offer.
Q: Is HMTPNW appropriate for same sex couples?
A: We strongly believe so. Several same sex couples have progressed through our workshop. Please see our latest video testimonial for the thoughts of one of those couples.
Q: Is HMTPNW appropriate for couple with an active addiction (behavioral or substance) or domestic violence present in their relationship?
A: Domestic violence and addiction are spectrum disorders. Please call us so that we may provide a recommendation that benefits from an in-person or a phone assessment before a final determination is made on the viability of the workshop for your relationship.
Q: What is the level of training of the facilitators?
A: Laurel Marshall, MA, LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist since 2010 with experience and training working with couples using Emotion Focused Therapy. Joseph Losi, MA, LMFT is a fully certified EFT therapist, one of 8 in the state of Washington. Joseph has experience as a couples therapist since 2010.
Q: What therapeutic follow-up to the workshop is available?
A: With your tuition to the workshop all couples are provided one no-charge, in-person, follow-up session within 60 days of your attended workshop. Both Joseph and Laurel will also work closely with you to find an appropriate EFT therapist if additional follow-up with either of them is not chosen.
Q: Can participants pay on installment?
A: We are sorry to say we are not able to provide installment plans. However, we do accept credit card through Eventbrite for the purchase of your ticket.
Cancellations will be subject to the following fees:
- $150* Non-Refundable fee on any cancellation.
- $250* Non-Refundable fee on any cancellation made between 27 & 14 days before workshop date.
- All workshop fees become non-refundable if made 13 days or less before workshop date.
* Plus Event Processing Fee of $30.92 ($9.95 Event Brite Fee + $20.97 Credit Card Processing Fee).