Couples in Transition

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In the Beginning…

You had a solid relationship and seemed to have things set;  you could communicate well-enough, enjoyed sex and took care of one another. The future looked promising and this relationship nurtured both of you well. You were confident of your ability to address things together.


Life happened and new opportunities and challenges arose. As a couple, you began facing some changes. Possibly they were good changes, such as getting married, buying a new home or starting a family. Or they were more challenging adjustments, such as job loss, health concerns or a forced relocation. Your relationship and connection felt the strain of the new reality and your communication began to break down.


You don’t feel understood or appreciated by the other. Conflicts are occurring over little things. You know you love this person, but you feel overwhelmed by the difficulty of communicating in the midst of all the other challenges in your ‘new reality’. You know you have a good relationship and you want to address things pro-actively, BEFORE damage is done.

One or both of you think, “It seems like nothing I ever do is good enough.” or I need to know my partner is ‘there’ for me; right now, I am feeling pretty alone in all of this.”

I get it.

You know you can do this, but you want to avoid the painful learning curve and/or possible hurts that can happen by learning on your own. You want some outside help to quickly gain the tools and skills needed for this time in your relationship’s life. If we understand it, we have ways to address it. 


Having tools to navigate through complicated conversations without hurting one another.

Managing conflicts in a way that promotes growth and strength in the relationship.

Maintaining focus on the good in your relationship and not letting the pains of change cause you to lose that focus.

Connecting in an even deeper and more authentic manner.

I Can Help.

1. Right now, get some free tools and tips to start making things better TODAY. In my videos and blogs, you will learn about your relationship and also how I work.

2. Sign up for my emails. In them, I include activities you can do to help your relationship’s connection, links to current blogs/videos, and updates on things I am doing to be helpful to couples.

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3. Be proactive rather than reactive and make significant change in your relationship by attending either my Hold Me Tight® Semi-private Workshop or my Hold Me Tight® Private Retreat. Over the course of two days, you will learn tools and practice skills that will change how you communicate and even possibly transform your relationship.

Which is Best for You, Workshop or Retreat?

You know your relationship best.  Look over the two treatment options below and choose which is best for you and your relationship.

ONLINE “Hold Me Tight Workshops®” for Couples

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If you are experiencing some ‘growing pains’ but are able to navigate them without scarring, the Workshop provides a generalized format that teaches you tools and give you practice so you can understand one another better. You learn concrete skills to communicate on a deeper level, address conflicts, and connect with understanding and compassion.  

Private Couples and Marriage Retreats

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If your relationship is experiencing significant distress due to the changes, and damage is starting to occur, I recommend the Private Retreat option.  With this option, you learn concrete skills to communicate on a deeper level, address conflicts, and connect with understanding and compassion. The Retreat allows you complete privacy, my full attention, and the ability to create a weekend based on your schedule and focused on your relationship’s unique needs, to the depth that it needs. I see relationships improve significantly in the Workshop. Relationships are transformed in Private Retreats.   

Either way, we will get you started back onto that path where you can communicate and connect with your partner again.


I want you to succeed!

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