Hold Me Tight  Workshops


Kristin Nielsen and Marcia Erickson Bates, both licensed marriage and family therapists, offer a two-day workshop based on the groundbreaking research of Dr. Susan Johnson and her empirically proven therapy model, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT).  This couples retreat is for partners who seek to reinvent their relationship. Hold Me Tight workshops present a streamlined version of EFT and are taught in a safe, supportive, and positive atmosphere a short drive from Seattle. Within the workshop you will be guided through seven conversations that capture the defining moments in a love relationship, and instructed on how to shape these moments to create a secure and lasting bond. Through video presentations, interactive exercises, one-on-one coaching, and discussion, you will develop skills to communicate more effectively, deepen understanding of your emotions as well as those of your partner, experience a more secure connection, and increase affection and intimacy.




Hold Me Tight  Workshop - Seattle Area

ceu's available



2 & 3


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McMenamins Anderson School Hotel

18607 Bothell Way NE

Bothell, WA 98011

The Workshop Includes...

Pre-recorded video of  sessions with couples engaged in Emotion Focused Therapy conversations

Presentations given by Kristin and Marcia who are rigorously trained in Emotion Focused Therapy

Practice exercises with your partner designed to provide insight into current interactions  and understanding of your own emotional process and that of your partner

Personal support and guidance, as needed

One copy of Dr. Susan Johnson's book, Hold Me Tight - Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, to be shipped to you prior to the workshop so you can read it in advance

Snacks will be available on site

Hotel stay is not included

The Workshop Helps Couples...

  • Recognize the disconnecting conversations that keep you stuck and discover what you are really trying to say to each other

  • Explore your feelings and needs beneath your interactions

  • Deepen both emotional and physical intimacy

  • Repair and forgive old hurts

The Workshop is for Couples who...

  • Couples who want to improve and enhance their relationships

  • Distressed couples who are stuck in conflicts and disconnection

  • Couples who are interested to learn about the Hold Me Tight  Model from an Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Attachment perspective


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What People Are Saying...


"We progressed so much in just one weekend!  Leaving more compassionate and understanding towards my husbands emotional and physical needs.  Well worth the money!  Thank you!!"

" The team created a safe space so that we could dive deep into issues we haven't had energy or time to address.  Thank you for caring for us so well!"

"The retreat was very informative, intimate, not  out of our comfort zone and certainly provided valuable steps we can use to improve our marriage communication. Thank you!"




Participants, Annette and Justin