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Traditional Weekly Couples Therapy:

You have a good session…

Then, in between sessions, life happens

During your next session, you address what happened

Then at home, life happens again…

In your next session, you address what happened

See the pattern?

You are doing a lot of work, but not getting very far.

You Need to Communicate BETWEEN Therapy Sessions, Not Just DURING Therapy Sessions

No matter how great a therapy session is, most couples will go home and continue to hurt one another in between weekly sessions. This creates more scars and makes forward momentum difficult. Couples need to learn what to do in between the sessions to make and keep progress.

Hello, I am Bri McCarroll, MSW, LICSW

Photograph of Bri McCarroll- a skilled EFT therapist who does couples and marriage intensives and is a lesbian expert.

Talking to a stranger about your relationship is one of the last things you want to do.

Now you are looking for a therapist. It’s difficult to know who to work with or which therapy is the best for you.

You know this may be your last chance, so you feel a pressure to get it right.

I know you need things to get better quickly, so I do things VERY DIFFERENTLY.

Intense Hurt Needs Intensive Help

I prioritize teaching you practical tools so you start communicating immediately and I work with you intensively.

Our work is not spaced across weeks and months. Over two days, you learn tools that would normally take four months of therapy.

One Therapy Hour Weekly is Not Enough

Research shows that if damage continues to occur between sessions, one or both partners may eventually give up.

Couples lose hope when change is slow…

I make change happen quickly

You get better over one weekend, not over months.


Imagine, over one weekend–

Feeling heard and understood by your partner again.

Communicating differently, with fewer conflicts and more ‘teamwork’.

Connecting on a level and knowing your partner ‘has your back’.

Knowing how to resolve a conflict so that it doesn’t keep coming up again and again.

Watch this video to learn how I ‘do things differently’.

Help is Offered In-Person or Online

People are nervous about COVID-19, yet they still need to get help. I have created two options to meet your particular comfort level with social distancing and COVID.

Private Couples Retreats & Couples Therapy Intensives

(In-Person or Online Option)

Couple drinking coffee and looking in each other's eyes. This image is meant to portray emotional connection and good communication that happens from attending a Hold Me Tight couples Workshop Maine.

Private Retreats and Couples Therapy Intensives allow you to work on your relationship intensely–achieving results quickly and effectively. Retreats and Intensives are often sought when a couple feels ‘stuck’, has experienced an affair or betrayal, or as a ‘last chance’ effort to see if change is even possible.

Retreats and Intensives are 7 hours each day (you do not stay overnight) and are for one couple only. Social distancing is respected, you have your own bathroom, and we work in a space that others do not access. These Retreats and Intensives are also available in an online format.

Couples and Marriage Workshops

(Online Option)

Empty nest age couple looking happy and connected. This image is meant to portray connection that comes from attending a Hold Me Tight couples Workshop Massachusetts.

My “Hold Me Tight Workshops®” are an ideal option for couples who are wanting to learn skills to improve their relationships. This is an educational program and is not therapy.

These two-day Workshops are online only and are attended by a maximum of three couples at one time. You have a ‘private’ online room for your personal conversations and interact with the other couples only during the presentation portion of the Workshop.

You have complete control of your physical environment, as this is an online experience.


Change Happens With a 90% Success Rate

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Our work is based on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a model grounded in science and supported with extensive research. EFT has a 90% success rate in reducing stress in couples’ relationships. That, combined with Dr. Sue Johnson’s “Hold Me Tight®” protocol, addresses your communication breakdowns and brings emotional connection back into your relationship.

Stone walkway with garden beds on both sides, leading up to a bench. This image is meant to represent emotional connection and the ability to rebuild trust after attending a Hold Me Tight Workshop with Bri McCarroll of New England Hold Me Tight.

I Can Lead You onto the Path of a Better Relationship

When your relationship is hurting, you suffer. It impacts you on a daily basis; draining joy and creating stress.

Truly, it doesn’t have to be this way. Your relationship can be different.

Let me help.

Remember, I want you to succeed!

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