Welcome To Hold Me Tight Workshop

Is it time to improve your relationship and learn how to communicate in ways that promote better understanding and closeness? Would you like to feel more accepted by your partner and have less conflict in your relationship? Would you like to feel like your partner is more accessible, responsive and engaged with you?

We can help you in our Couples Workshop!

Dr. Michelle Gannon and Dr. Sam Jinich are Clinical Psychologists, Individual and Couples Therapists and Relationship Experts in San Francisco. They both have over 20 years of experience helping people improve their relationships.

Sam is a Certified Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer in Emotionally Focused Therapy.  Michelle is a Certified Therapist and Supervisor in Emotionally Focused Therapy and has co-led over 100 Marriage Prep 101 Workshops. Both Sam and Michelle love working with couples who desire better relationships.  Their professional expertise is in helping partners to feel more securely connected with each other in order to develop a more loving intimate relationship.

Dr. Sue Johnson developed the Hold Me Tight program, based on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and her bestseller book, Hold Me Tight.

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) has been empirically validated, and its outstanding success has been heralded in many scientific journals, professional magazines and other media such as the New York Times and TIME.

The focus of EFT is to help partners to understand more clearly each other’s deepest emotions. Feelings are often hidden, unexpressed or misunderstood. Our relationships can be a cause of stress and pain or a source of comfort and joy. In EFT, we help couples learn how to deal with their feelings together, reach towards each other, and be responsive in more loving and positive ways.

The GREAT news is that we are now bringing the EFT model to you in our Hold Me Tight Couples Weekend Workshop that will be Effective, Safe, Supportive, and Validating. Most importantly, the weekend will be Positive, Proactive and FUN!  The tools you learn will continue to serve your relationship long after this weekend.

At our Hold Me Tight Workshop,
you will learn and experience how to:

  • Affirm strengths in your relationship
  • Address negative interaction patterns
  • Understand more clearly each other’s emotions
  • Recognize underlying reasons for your conflicts
  • Learn how to repair and forgive
  • Enhance your emotional and physical closeness
  • Improve your communication

Hold Me Tight Workshop Couples Testimonials

We are now strong converts to the couples therapy and the scientific approach that Sam and Michelle lead, and we both give it the strongest recommendation possible. It would be hard to find a more empathetic, but knowledgeable team than Sam and Michelle. They are superstars in focusing the training on each couple. This is an incredible course for people who want a better relationship, pure and simple.

- H and M
Los Angeles, California

I was struck by the effectiveness of the leaders, Dr Michelle Gannon and Dr Sam Jinich and the other therapists that assisted them. These people were very warm, knowledgeable, and very committed so that the participants were able to go through the steps and experience at a surprisingly deep level the ideas being presented. We both enjoyed reading the complimentary “Hold Me Tight” book they mailed us. It provided a scientific basis of the concepts and a way to acknowledge the importance of feeling connected while heeding the land mines that are all too common in relationships.

- Dee and Mark
San Francisco, California

The Hold Me Tight Workshop was transformative. Even though my husband and I have read the book, “Hold Me Tight”, and have been in couples therapy, the Hold Me Tight Workshop made the principles come to life. We didn’t re-hash history. We were able to do the exercises in a positive way, moving forwards and closer to each other. It gave us hope that the principles work when we can slow down and turn to each other. The humor, the vignettes, the video clips, the scientific data all added to help quiet the little voice in us that says “yes but….”

Both Michelle and Sam were kind, real, approachable and made an otherwise awkward situation feel comfortable, warm and welcoming. As if that wasn’t enough to help us, they selected a host of other warm and caring therapists who were constantly with us; Walking over in an unassuming and respectful way, gently steering us back to our partner.

Though our conflicts etc. are not solved or resolved, we realized it is possible to be together in a loving and connected way.

- Uma and Jason
San Francisco, California

More Testimonials


Register for a weekend Hold Me Tight Workshop

San Francisco Workshops

Fort Mason Center

Saturday, July 12th and Sunday, July 13th, 2014
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Saturday, September 6th and Sunday, September 7th, 2014
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Saturday, November 1st and Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

$650 per couple

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The price for the weekend includes:

  • The Hold Me Tight book (which we will mail to you in advance so you can read it before the workshop).
    At the Hold Me Tight Workshop, you will each receive a workbook full of helpful exercises.
  • Engaging presentations, video demonstrations of other real life couples, and the opportunity for many private exercises and conversations with your partner.
  • Michelle and Sam will be available to give you personal support and guidance as needed.
  • Experienced therapist helpers, trained in the EFT model, and available to you to offer additional support.
  • Coffee, Tea and Light Snacks will be provided. Lunch is on your own. Please feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks as well. (We are located at Fort Mason Center near restaurants and coffee shops in the Marina district.)

Continuing Education Credits (14) available for some health professionals.


What to expect:

The Hold Me Tight Workshop is designed around seven conversations based on the Hold Me Tight book, all of which have been shown to be essential to successful relationships. You will learn how to understand and improve your relationship by presentations by the workshop leaders, private exercises and conversations with your partner and by watching video demonstrations of other couples.

Although we encourage questions and comments, you do not need to speak in the group if you do not wish to. All of the dialogues with your partner will be done in private, as we always emphasize privacy and comfort. We welcome people of all backgrounds, ages, faiths and sexual orientations. We encourage you to seek therapy if you are in high relational distress.


Praise For Dr. Sue Johnson’s Hold Me Tight

Hold Me Tight Bookcover

“At last a road map through Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with its creator. Dr. Johnson’s superb science, humor, and clinical wisdom are finally accessible to all of us. I couldn’t pick a smarter, warmer and more real guide for this journey.”
- John Gottman, PhD, bestselling author of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work and co-author of And Baby Makes Three

“Dr Sue Johnson is the most original contributor to couples therapy to come along in the last thirty years. This book will touch your heart, stimulate your mind and give you practical strategies for improving your relationship.”
- William J. Doherty, PhD, author of Take Back Your Marriage

“Wonderful… Hold Me Tight blends the best in research findings with practical suggestions from a caring and compassionate clinician. Hold Me Tight will be of great benefit to couples trying to find their way to better communication and deeper, more fulfilling ways of being with each other. Bravo!”
- Daniel J Siegel, MD, author of Parenting from the Inside Out

“A much-needed message to all couples and therapists, and I recommend it to all”
- Harville Hendrix, PhD, author of Getting the Love You Want


Esalen Catalog
Hold Me Tight Workshop will be offered at the beautiful Esalen Institute overlooking the ocean at Big Sur, California on June 27-29th.  For retreat details and registration, please visit Esalen.