HMT® Workshops


HMT® Workshops

Hold Me Tight® Workshops For Couples

A Relationship Enhancement Workshop for Couples

The Hold Me Tight® Workshop, is a relationship enhancement group for the public held in various locations across the world.

Is the Hold Me Tight® Program for you? 

  • Would you like a closer relationship to your partner?

  • Do you sometimes get stuck in old repetitive patterns?

  • Would you like to strengthen the bond between you?

  • Repair an old hurt? Deepen your sense of emotional safety and connection?

This program guides partners to become more attuned, trusting, and open with each other and to more easily handle day-to-day stress and conflict. Based on the book Hold Me Tight®, by Dr. Susan Johnson, we will discuss key relationship concepts, watch demonstrative videos clips, and do guided conversations designed to strengthen and deepen a couple’s emotional connection. All experiential exercises take place between partners in order to maintain personal privacy and provide safety. 


The Hold Me Tight® Program: Conversations for Connection ~ Easthampton, MA
Instructor: Nancy Knudsen, LMFT

October 13-14, 2018, Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-4
Where: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Road, Easthampton, MA
Early Bird Rate: $450  Regular Rate: $495 after 9/28

Hold Me Tight® Weekend ~ Springfield, MA
Instructor: Bri McCarroll, MSW, LICSW

November 17 & 18, 2018 (Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-4)
Home Office of Bri McCarroll, Springfield, MA  01118


Hold Me Tight® Workshop ~ Needham, MA
Facilitated by Michelle Avigan & Noreen Kavanaugh

Dec 1-2, 2018
Needham MA

Limited to 7 couples
For more information or registration please email Michelle at:

The Hold Me Tight®, Hold Me Just Right Program: The Dance of Touch and Sexual Connection in Intimate Relationships ~ Northhampton, MA
Instructor:  Nancy Knudsen, LMFT and Michael Moran, LCSW, CST

December 1-2, 2018, Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-4
Where: Smith College Conference Center, 51 College Lane, Northampton, MA
Early Bird Rate: $595  Regular Rate: $650 after 11/16

Why is it so hard to reach and maintain the flow of authentic sexual connection with our intimate partner over time? How is it that our signals get distorted and misunderstood? What is behind all that avoidance that one or both of us has fallen into? How can we enhance what has become too predictable a routine?

This workshop is designed for couples who have either done the Hold Me Tight® Program or worked with a therapist using the Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) model and have some familiarity with their cycle of relationship distress.

Couples will:

  • Learn about the blocks to intimacy and physical closeness

  • Explore negative cycles related to sexual intimacy and touch

  • Hear about state of the art research on sexuality in committed relationships

  • Learn more about each parter’s desire and how to re-start or enhance this important bond

  • Discover new ways of breathing life into your sexual connection

Open to couples of all backgrounds and persuasions.

All conversations will take place between partners with assistance form our highly qualified roving therapists as needed. In a weekend format, this couples workshop serves as a relationship retreat. Homework will be given on Saturday night, so it is optimal for couples to plan to spend time together without distractions.

Taking place at the scenic Smith College Conference Center, participants will have access to walks around campus during the breaks. Lunch is available for purchase at the Smith College Student Center or in downtown Northampton.

Hold Me Tight® is a registered trademark of Dr. Sue Johnson.

Nancy Knudsen, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist with 30 years experience and is a certified therapist and supervisor in Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. Nancy has led a number of Hold Me Tight workshops and enjoys being able to help couples strengthen their relationships in this safe group setting.

Michael Moran, LCSW, CST is a Certified EFT Couples Therapist and Supervisor as well as an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist based in New York, NY where he specializes his practice at the intersection of relational and sexual issues. He is also an adjunct professor at Rutgers University and travels the country training mental health professionals on how to effectively address sexual issues in couples therapy.

Hold Me Tight® Workshop ~ Northampton, MA
Instructor: Nancy Knudsen, LMFT

February 9-10, 2019
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Hold Me Tight® Workshop ~ Northampton, MA
Instructors: Michael Moran, LCSW, CST and Nancy Knudsen, LMFT

May 4-5, 2019
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Hold Me Tight® Workshop ~ Brunswick, ME
Instructors: Theresa Cohen and Julie Quimby

May 4-5, 2019
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