Welcome to Hold Me Tight® Workshop

Do you want 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 emotionally engaged with you?

Is it time to improve your relationship and learn how to communicate in new ways that promote better understanding, closeness and connection?

We can help you in our Couples Workshop based on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the work of Dr Sue Johnson

Hold Me Tight® Workshop with
Dr Michelle Gannon and Dr Sam Jinich

Register Today for Hold Me Tight® Workshop:

Dr. Michelle Gannon and Dr. Sam Jinich are Clinical Psychologists, Individual and Couples Therapists and Workshop Leaders in San Francisco. They both have trained with Dr Sue Johnson and have over 20 years of experience helping people improve and enhance their relationships.

Sam is a Certified Trainer, Supervisor and Therapist in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and co-leads Hold Me Tight® Workshop. Michelle is a Certified Supervisor and Therapist in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and co-leads Hold Me Tight® Workshop. Michelle has also trained with Dr Brené Brown and co-leads Rising Strong™ Workshop .

Sam and Michelle love working with individuals and couples who desire better relationships. Their professional expertise is in helping people develop more secure, close connections with each other.

Both Sam and Michelle teach and supervise other therapists about Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Attachment Theory and Forgiveness at the San Francisco Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (SFCEFT).

They love bringing Attachment Theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to couples in their Hold Me Tight® Workshop. This Couples Workshop is supportive, safe, practical and positive.

Dr Sue Johnson developed the Hold Me Tight® program based on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and her bestselling book, Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.

Hold Me Tight® is a registered trademark to Sue Johnson.

Dr Sue Johnson is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of peer-reviewed clinical research. The outstanding success of EFT and Attachment Theory has been heralded in many scientific journals, professional magazines and media such as New York Times and Psychology Today.

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
  • Be more accessible, responsive and emotionally engaged with each other (A.R.E.)

Please Select a Couples Workshop Location for Details and Registration

Leaders will be:

Dr Michelle Gannon and Dr Sam Jinich

Tiburon View

Marin, California

$750 per Couple

Future Dates TBD

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

San Francisco

$750 per Couple

Future Dates TBD


Esalen, Big Sur

Pricing based on Esalen accommodations

Future Dates TBD

Register Today for Hold Me Tight® Workshop:

Hold Me Tight® Workshop Couples Testimonials

The Hold me Tight Workshop was unquestionably the single most helpful weekend my wife and I have spent together since getting married!

We both approached the weekend with some trepidation, and after driving more than five hours from Los Angeles to San Francisco, we were apprehensive that maybe it “wouldn’t” work for us.

Nothing could be further from the truth. While the weekend requires an honesty and willingness to try the new model, the environment and the philosophy behind the Hold Me Tight Workshop was comforting/challenging and spectacularly effective. There was enough support from those around us, and yet enough intimacy for us to feel completely comfortable.

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 conversations for each couple. This is an incredible course for people who want a better relationship, pure and simple.

H and M

Los Angeles, California

We had the pleasure of attending the Hold Me Tight Workshop led by Dr. Michelle Gannon and Dr. Sam Jinich. I can say without any doubt that it was of great benefit to our relationship.

The Hold Me Tight Workshop combined teaching us about attachment, demon dialogues/negative patterns and cycles and most importantly, the time for the couples in attendance to have the deep healing/bonding conversations.

ALL couples would benefit greatly from the Hold Me Tight Workshop. For couples that are struggling or stuck, it is CRUCIAL.

The dynamic of human attachment is ancient “technology” which has helped mammals survive for millenia. In developing and sharing Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Dr Sue Johnson has shown us that what has always worked to keep mammal parents close to their babies is the same for romantic couples.

Fortunately for us, Dr Michelle Gannon and Dr Sam Jinich make this powerful work available and easily accessible to couples at their Hold Me Tight Workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Deep Gratitude for a GREAT weekend.


San Francisco Bay Area

We were co-managing roommates with three children-not lovers or devoted friends even. We were having regular breakdowns so when our therapist recommended we attend the workshop to add momentum to our couples therapy, we decided to come.

There were lots of poignant and funny visual aids and lots of time to really apply what we learned to our personal relationship specifically. We loved the engaging, nurturing, present and devoted attitude of Michelle and Sam plus all of the assisting therapists. I learned that my husband really cares about my biggest issues in our marriage, is deeply sorry and totally committed to making it great again.

I learned that we can bring back touch and physical intimacy and that adults have just as much need for touch and attachment as babies. In reaching out to each other with healthy interdependency, we lay the groundwork to heal the world.

Bless your hearts. This is sacred, fundamental and critical work.


Sebastopol, CA

We attended the Hold Me Tight Workshop with Sam and Michelle because we just read Sue Johnson’s book Hold Me Tight, and thought “Hmm, wouldn’t it be fun to take a Couples Workshop like this together to practice all this stuff?”

Before we participated in the Hold Me Tight Workshop, I did however, from time to time wonder whether there was a better way to connect even deeper through a communication style that would speak straight to the soul of my partner and feel an unearthly heavenly connection with each other?

Well, Sam and Michelle’s Hold Me Tight Workshop is just that- a safe place to allow us explore that connection that we all carry among us, but don’t know quite how to get to!

The way that Michelle and Sam formatted their weekend couples workshop was brilliant! We felt engaged every minute and wanted to take it all in without missing any important second. We also wanted to take both of them home with us just because they were so helpful, knowledgeable and personable. They are true professionals and compassionate and fun human beings!

We highly recommend anyone to attend the Hold Me Tight Workshop with Michelle and Sam. Do not wait until your relationship is in trouble. You also owe it to yourself and your loved one to take your relationship to the height of connection that you most likely think is not possible right now!

I sure was proven wrong. Don’t walk, RUN to register for Hold Me Tight Workshop!

Lena & Felipe

Santa Cruz, CA

Listen To Our Hitched Mag Podcast

Interview with Dr Michelle Gannon and Dr Sam Jinich about
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Hold Me Tight Workshop