EFT Couples Workshop for Therapists and Their Partners. Learn to Revive and Rekindle Your Love and Connection for You and Your Clients.

Based on the work of Dr. Sue Johnson, the creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and author of Hold Me Tight®. A 2-day, non-residential weekend workshop in downtown Seattle, WA. Therapists, 14.75 CEU’s available for attending!*

Register for Hold Me Tight® Seattle

“Explanation is Less Powerful in Creating Change than Experience,” Dr. Sue Johnson Learn the EFT for couples model through 1st hand experience with your partner:

  • Felt knowledge of the integration of Attachment Theory & EFT
  • Your positions in your Relationship Cycle
  • How your raw spots feel when they are hit and produce your rocky moments
  • How a Hold Me Tight® conversation should feel between partners
  • What healing apology and forgiveness feels like
  • How your emotional cycle effects your intimate cycle
  • How ritual can enhance lasting connection

Take all this felt knowledge right into your own practice, applying it immediately to your work helping your clients. Plus, 14.75 CEU’s available for therapists for an additional $50, upon request.*

Experience our well honed Hold Me Tight® Couples Workshop for yourself as both a learning experience and relationship experience. EFT is endorsed by the American Psychological Association as scientifically proven and widely heralded as one of the most successful approaches to creating loving relationships and lasting bonds.

Cynthia and Joseph will guide you and your partner through facilitated conversations, video presentations, guided exercises and “one-on-one” discussions, to help you reconnect and transform your relationship.

A Few Words from Therapist Attendees:

“This was a very practical, learning by doing, experiential time of learning together about tender feelings that lie under our conflict.”

“This was hugely transformational for my husband and I.”

“My husband and I gained soo much insight to get out of and stay out of that awful “stuck” place. As a professional I now have inside feeling as well as insight to help others much more. But a surprising thing has happened. This has helped me with individuals as well. My ability to provide empathy and broaden my skill with processing others’ emotions has been a big benefit for me and my clients. Thanks for the help that you provided in a great caring and supportive environment.”

Learning to build bonds that will last a lifetime, you will be assisted by Cynthia and Joseph, both highly trained EFT therapists who apply these same techniques in their own practices. Gain a better understanding of the neurobiology behind this new science of love. And leave with the effective treatment methods to:

  • Recognize the ‘demon dialogues’ that all couples get caught in and discover what they are really trying to say to each other
  • Explore the feelings and needs underneath their behaviors
  • Deepen both emotional and physical intimacy
  • Repair and forgive old attachment injuries
  • Build deep emotional connection and create the safe harbor relationships are meant to be.

“The workshop gave us the longing and the tools to get out of the patterns that have trapped us for a long, long time.”

Hold Me Tight® Seattle couples workshops include:

  • Video taped 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 exercises 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!
  • Plus – Therapists can receive 14.75 CEU’s for an additional $50 fee, upon request.* (see below for details)

Only 1 Ticket per Couple:

$749 Early Bird Price ($799 normal price)

Fee also includes one free followup Couples Counseling Session

Updates and info available at info@holdmetightseattle.com or by calling 206-595-2577 or 206-547-2886


  • Friday 7pm–9pm
  • Saturday 9am–5pm
  • Sunday 9:30am–4pm


Pyramid Communications
1932 1st Avenue # 507
Seattle, WA 98101

More questions? Check out our FAQ below

NOTE: Your 14.75 CEU requires SEPARATE registration here:

http://www.academeca.com/CEUReg/SeminarInfo.aspx?seminarId=1105 (registering for credits only – purchase tickets below for attending workshop)

April 2017

Early bird price ends March 28th, and only 8 couples are allowed

Eventbrite - Hold Me Tight® Seattle: Weekend Couples Workshop - February 10-11, 2018

*14.75 CEU’s only available by those meeting the criteria below

This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.


Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 14.75 CE hours

Social Workers

Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 14.75 continuing education clock hours. CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 14.75 contact hours live OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (14.75 ) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists

CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.

Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors. IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. (14.75) hours. OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (14.75) clock hours, #RCST110701 TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 14.75 CE hours.

Chemical Dependency Counselors

CA: Provider approved by CFAAP/CAADAC, Provider #4N-00-434-0212 for (14.75) CEHs. CAADAC is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (14.75) hours general. Expires 3/31/2016. Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.


IL: Provider approved by the Illinois State Board of Certification #080304164719171. 14.75 CE Hours. TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (14.75) CE Hours. Nurses CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (14.75) contact hours.   Disability Access – If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 10 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification. Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Frequently Asked Questions for Hold Me Tight PNW Workshops (Portland and Seattle)

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?

A: No.

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 Historic Overlook House, which is located at 3839 N. Melrose Dr., Portland, OR. 97227 and can be found online at www.historicoverlookhouse.org for more information. 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: There is plenty of street parking next to the Overlook house.  Please be respectful of neighbors by not blocking driveways

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 PortlandMississippi Ave is a 10 minute walk or a short drive and is a Portland hotspot for restaurants and shopping..

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 (Portland and Seattle) and Joseph (Seattle only), 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.

Portland is facilitated by Laurel Marshall. Seattle is facilitated by Laurel Marshall and Joseph Losi.

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?

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. Laurel for Portland and Joseph for Seattle. Joseph or 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.

Refund Policy

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). 

February 2017

Eventbrite - Hold Me Tight Seattle: Weekend Couples Workshop - April 28-29, 2018

April 2017

Eventbrite - Hold Me Tight® Seattle: Weekend Couples Workshop - February 10-11, 2018

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