“Hold Me Tight®” Private Retreats

You’ve Heard About “Hold Me Tight®” Workshops

These Workshops are held around the world and have helped literally thousands of couples improve their connection and communication. They are based on science and follow a protocol established by Dr. Sue Johnson in her book, Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.

These Workshops improve your relationship by helping you understand the science behind your relationship struggles and giving you tools to reduce conflicts, increase understanding, and repair longstanding issues. I present these Workshops; follow this link to learn more about them.

Hold Me Tight book by Dr. Sue Johnson. This image is meant to portray Hold Me Tight in Massachusetts and Hold Me Tight retreat in Massachusetts.

But, a ‘Workshop’ is Not for Everyone

As great as they are, you may feel hesitant to attend a ‘Workshop’. Your feelings are valid. People often are hesitant to attend a Workshop because they wonder about:

Confidentiality. As professionals and members of small communities, you may be apprehensive of being recognized by other community members and your attendance being shared with others in the community.

Attention. You are dedicating a chunk of time to improving your relationship. Although you are putting all your attention on it, it may feel less than ideal to have to share the leader’s time with other couples.

Schedule. Our lives are busy and you might want something that fits your schedule, rather than flexing your time to fit the Workshop schedule.

Privacy. People struggle to speak about relationship issues. It can feel overwhelming to imagine being in a room with others, discussing your most private pains.

Young lesbian couple or LGBT couple looking at each other lovingly. This signifies emotional connection and better communication in their relationship due to attending a Hold me tight private retreat.

Private “Hold Me Tight®” Retreats are the Solution

These Private Retreats address the concerns about attending a Workshop.

You are the only couple, so my attention is on you the entire time. We schedule the Retreat around your time line and your privacy is completely assured.

Private “Hold Me Tight®” Retreats Have Additional Benefits

When you attend a Private Retreat at New England Hold Me Tight, I do my best to ensure it’s as successful as possible. By choosing a Hold Me Tight Retreat, rather than the Workshop format, you receive the additional benefits:

Relationship Assessment – I meet with each of you individually for an hour to learn your history, perspective, struggles and goals.

Two or Three-day Option – The Workshop format is set for two days, and you may follow that in your Retreat. Some couples prefer a three-day option so they learn at a comfortable pace and have additional time to integrate the skills. With the additional time, I am also able to give you more tools, which is a great bonus.

Extended Follow-up Session – Your follow-up is longer, allowing us more time to review and strengthen your skills.

Recommendations for Your Relationship – Based on what I observe during our time together, I create a list of recommendations for your relationship specifically.

Location Options – As with all my Private Retreats, we may meet at my location. You may choose to have the Retreat at a different location and I go to you (for an additional fee). A third option is an Online Retreat.

Basic FAQS

How long is the Hold Me Tight® Private Retreat?

These Retreats are two or three days, depending on your choice. Each day is approximately 7 hours long.

Where do we do this Retreat?

Couples generally attend this Retreat at my location. Specific accommodations are made to address COVID.

Meeting online or at a different location is possible. Let me know if either of these options interests you.

How many couples are at this Retreat?

This is a Private Retreat; you are the only couple attending. All my attention and time is focused on you.

What’s included?
  • Depending on your choice of two or three days, either 17 or 24 hours of my complete attention on you and your relationship. This is the equivalent of 4 or 6 months’ worth of couples sessions.
  • Resource Workbook that includes exercises and information to support you at home.
  • Relationship Assessment based on an initial online intake and the pre-Retreat individual sessions.
  • Follow-up video session to address additional issues and support your progress.
  • Recommendation List of tools and strategies to use, based on our work together and designed specifically for you.
  • Snacks and beverages during the Retreat to nurture and sustain you.
  • Exclusive Access to subsequent relationship coaching sessions as needed and as my schedule has availablility.
How successful is this?

The model used, Emotionally Focused Therapy, has a 90% success rate at reducing distress in couples.

Every couple I have worked with has left in a better place. Most couples move forward on the path of recovery and strengthening their connection.

Even if a couple decides not to continue their relationship, they are able to engage in more productive and compassionate conversations after the Retreat. The understanding and communication tools gained make co-parenting and other interactions more effective and less combative.

What’s the Next Step? Learn More…

Go to my my FAQS page for my Retreats and Intensives. There, you will learn the specific and concrete details (such as costs, use of insurance, etc) that apply to my Retreats and Intensives, in general.

Relationships change during a Workshop.

Relationships are transformed

during Private Hold Me Tight® Retreats

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