Saturday and Sunday, May 2nd & 3rd, 2020

A Maine Couples Retreat:
Hold Me Tight® Weekend Workshop

Led by Julie Quimby, Ph.D. and Theresa Cohen, LICSW

We welcome ALL couples to our Hold Me Tight Couples Workshop. Hold Me Tight® is an educational relationship enhancement workshop based on the book by Dr. Sue Johnson, Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love. The structured curriculum used in this workshop is based on the theory and practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT).  EFT is a systematic approach that aims to reduce relationship distress and help couples create trust and intimacy. In this private weekend workshop, you will learn how to identify and change the negative cycles that get in the way of intimacy, make sense of emotions, and restore trust and safety in your relationship. 

  • 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 and closeness?

The workshop is lead by certified EFT therapist, Theresa Cohen, LICSW and EFT trained psychologist, Julie Quimby, Ph.D. who 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. Although we encourage questions and comments at our Couples Workshops, there is no requirement or expectation for all attendees to share in the group. All of the conversations with your partner will be in private room, and we always emphasize privacy and comfort. We welcome people of all backgrounds, ages, faiths and sexual orientations.


CE for Therapists

Many therapists take our Hold Me Tight Workshop with a partner to learn Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Attachment Theory and Hold Me Tight in experiential ways.

12 hours of Continuing Education Credits are available to all Maine licensed Psychologists, LMFTs and LCSWs, and LCPCs. Our workshop is open to all couples, and therapists who wish to attend with their partner can also earn CEUs for experiential learning. For more information about CE credits for this workshop, visit this link.

Workshop Format

The heart of the workshop revolves around 7 exercises where you will practice conversations to create closeness.

 The workshop leaders will present information about love and attachment to help you make sense of the cycles of disconnection in which couples often find themselves. We will also show videos of actual couples working through common cycles of conflict.  At regular intervals, we will ask you to privately engage in structured conversations with your partner regarding your particular cycle. Workshop leaders, as well as other trained facilitators, will offer assistance with these exercises.  At times during the weekend, we will assemble as a group and offer the opportunity to discuss your experience with the exercises.  This group sharing is optional and no one is required at any time to share with the group.

The videos, lectures, and one-on-one exercises create opportunities to:

  • Recognize the negative patterns where ALL couples get stuck and discover what you are really trying to communicate

  • Understand what drives conflict in relationships

  • Explore the feelings and needs underneath your behaviors

  • Find forgiveness, heal past hurts, and move forward

  • Create and nurture emotional safety and intimacy

  • Affirm strengths in your relationship

  • Improve your communication and have more effective conversations

Is group participation required at the workshop?

This educational workshop is not group therapy and there is no requirement for group participation.  There is no pressure or expectations for you to interact with other couples. We understand that many people are very private and can be anxious about being in a group. Please rest assured that we emphasize a warm and supportive environment, and you will not be asked to share anything personal beyond your comfort level.   

Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples is ideal for:

  • Couples who want to improve and enhance their relationships.

  • Distressed couples who are stuck in conflicts and disconnection.

  • Couples who are interested in learning experientially about Attachment, Hold Me Tight, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

This workshop is not appropriate for:

  • Couples engaged in domestic violence or where there is the threat of harm.

  • Couples who are actively engaged with untreated addiction issues.

  • Couples who are actively engaged in an affair.

    **We recommend that couples in these situations seek couples therapy and other support before attending this workshop

LOcation & Schedule

The workshop is located in Brunswick Maine in the private suite and offices at Psychology Specialist of Maine. The office is located in an historic mill overlooking the Androscoggin River at 14 Maine Street, Suite 309, Brunswick, ME 04011. There are several hotels, inn and bed and breakfast, and restaurants within walking distance of our office. Plenty of free parking is available all weekend. 

Payment and Registration

The weekend workshop is a $695 investment in your relationship. Registration is confirmed upon receipt of payment.

The registration fee covers the participation of both partners for the 2-day workshop and all workshop materials and booklet. We offer light breakfast and afternoon snacks and beverages throughout each day. Meals and lodging are not included. We encourage participants to purchase and read Sue Johnson’s Hold Me Tight book on their own prior to the event, but this is not required.

What is the cancellation policy?

If a cancellation request is received, a refund will be given (less a $100 administrative fee) up to 21 days prior to the workshop. If a cancellation is requested between 21 and 14 days prior to the workshop, 50% of the fee will be refunded. No refund will be given for cancellations less than 14 days prior to the workshop.

Couples who live close by may wish to go home overnight, but we encourage you to think about this as a weekend to devote to your relationship and to each other.  Lodging is not included, but there are a variety of accommodations nearby. 

 **Please complete the registration form, click submit and then add payment. You will receive a confirmation email within one week of registration.

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