A Day of Vulnerability + Laughter & Fun = HMT Chicago

"I felt like I was on vacation!"  - HMT Chicago Participant


If I can take you to the core challenges of your relationship, see you laughing and smiling along the way, enable the two of you to share your vulnerabilities with each other, then you tell me, "It felt like I was on vacation!" my mission was accomplished.


Hold Me Tight®  is a product of over 30 years of research in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, a leader at the forefront of Couples Therapy in our generation.   (I'm biased, and I admit it.  But the world of psychology knows it and proclaims it, so I can too.)  Research has guided the HMT workshop to offer exactly what you and your partner need to be able to explore and enhance your bond.  I know the material will  facilitate you to get there, to understand yourselves and each other at the core.  But can you have a blast getting there?  Can you go through all that and call it a "vacation"?!  My job as the facilitator is to present the material, and to make sure you feel comfortable, secure, and that you're havin' a good time along the way!  


 "Attending the Hold Me Tight workshop helped me learn additional ways of understanding both my husband's and my deepest emotional feelings...  I walked away with a warm sense in my heart and the foundation to continue to have more Hold Me Tight conversations with my husband.  Joshua brings a warm, inviting presence to his instruction while also sprinkling the day with fun and humorous soundbites...  Thank you!"

 - Jennifer Larson, LCPC, NCC, Gottman Level-3 Couples Therapist


When Jennifer, a highly trained couples therapist, and other mental health professionals come to my workshop, I am always honored to share the beauty and wisdom of Emotionally Focused Therapy (the foundation of the HMT workshop) with them.  It is a testimony to the depth and beauty of the content being offered and how everyone can benefit from it both personally and professionally.  


But what about the comfort of the workshop for non-therapists?  What about the therapists' partners?  I mean, this is a couples workshop, right?  What about partners who are not as "touchy-feely"?  Do they feel comfortable there?


 "Thank you, Joshua.  I found the workshop very approachable and unintimidating.  The language used throughout the day was clear and simple, and a really nice job interspersing the videos of the couples and humorous clips that illustrated some key concepts...  I also appreciate how you navigated the part about sex & touch very effectively and made it comfortable."

  - A therapist's spouse


After many years of training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, becoming a certified EFT Therapist, working regularly with couples in my private practice, offering the HMT workshop many times, along with decades of being an entertainer/actor/speaker...  I really think this workshop is a unique opportunity that every couple should jump on it.  It's...  magical.  


I know you'll enjoy, and I'd really like to share it with you!  What could you lose?  The cost of about 2 or 3 therapy sessions and one day.  We're not talking about a massive investment here...  However, what could you gain?  A day of insight, laughter, bonding, and tools for life with your precious significant other.  (If you're a therapist, you can even get 6 CEs.)  


But, I admit, I'm biased.  So don't trust me.  Listen to Dr. Jeff Gersten, noted psychologist and Director of the Gersten Behavioral Center, and other participants' testimonials:


Josh has such a calming style and helps to create a safe space for any couple, whether together for one year or fifty, to deepen their connection and recharge their relationship.    I found the workshop stimulating, informative, engaging, and the opportunity to explore my own marriage to be refreshing.   

- Jeff Gersten, PsyD, Director of the Gersten Behavioral Center


 

"It's always scary going back to your vulnerable spots.  This is a very safe and fun way to go back and make your marriage better."


"Josh was very encouraging and comfortable."


"This workshop was very helpful for us to see beyond the surface issues to the deeper, vulnerable parts that lie behind our connection.  The workshop helped us deepen our understanding of ourselves, our partner, and our relationship.  We look forward to building a closer relationship with the tools you have given us."

"The overall structure and format provided a well paced workshop.  Loved the humorous videos.  Laughter was so helpful for learning the new material and integrating it."


"Excellent workshop!  Thank you, Josh!  Really appreciate all the content and learning.  Opened my heart to sharing with my partner.  Thanks, again!!"


"It was a great workshop with concrete, applicable tools for relationship intimacy building as well as non-pathologizing way to understand one's own attachment needs and history.  Excellent exercises and video examples were also helpful in learning during the day.  Thank you, Josh!" 


"It's always scary going back to your vulnerable spots.  This is a very safe and fun way to go back and make your marriage better."

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Registration per couple

$395.00

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

 The next Hold Me Tight® Chicago Couples Workshop will be:


Sunday, March 10th, 2019

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

8170 McCormick Blvd

Skokie


Space is limited.  Register today!

Hold Me Tight® Chicago Couples Workshop Common Questions:

Who is the HMT Couples Workshop for?

This workshop was created to help couples who would like to incorporate cutting edge research-based understanding and positive change in their relationship.  Whether your relationship feels shaky and you want to feel more secure or you just want to take your bond to the next level, the HMT Couples Workshop can help you get there.


I'm a therapist.  Is this workshop for me?

Of course!  The HMT Chicago workshop is a great way to get a taste of EFT in a comfortable experiential way.  Plus you can get 6 CEs!


What should I expect at the HMT Couples Workshop?

Through slides and videos, you will learn about couples' dynamics and how it happens when distance replaces closeness, defensiveness replaces openness, and sometimes even loneliness replaces connection.  Through the presentations, videos, and fine-tuned relationship development exercises done privately, you, as a couple, will develop a deeper understanding of yourselves and your dynamic.  You will experience your relationship in a more secure, connected, and comfortable light.  That will create a new space for connection, intimacy and trust.


Is Hold Me Tight®  researched?  Is it proven to be effective?

After over 30 years of research proving the effectiveness of Emotionally Focused Therapy from which the Hold Me Tight® program is based, three research studies have found relationship satisfaction increased significantly after completing a Hold Me Tight® program. The latest study also showed significant improvement in the couple’s relationship satisfaction as well as an increase in family functioning.


Am I making my relationship issues public?

All the exercises are done privately.  There are periodic check-ins throughout the day where people can share about how it's going for them.  Sharing is optional and limited after the exercises.  No one is expected to share any of their personal challenges or revelations.


Is there anyone the workshop is not for them?

Yes, if one or both partners are actively having an affair, actively pursuing an addiction (sex, drugs, gambling, etc), or is strongly considering leaving the relationship.  Those are external factors that will prevent the secure bond the HMT workshop kindles for couples.


Got more questions?  Fantastic!  Email me for answers.  


Experience the beauty of  a deep and lasting bond in your relationship!


"Hold Me Tight®" is a registered trademark to Dr. Sue Johnson, founder of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

 "We loved the Hold Me Tight ®Chicago Workshop!  Our life has changed for the better...  We gained so many skills to apply to our marriage.  The workshop is full of incredible wisdom, and we are so grateful for it!  We loved every step along the way as it brought us closer to each other!"  



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Registration per Couple

$395.00

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

The next Hold Me Tight® Chicago Couples Workshop will be:


Sunday, March 10th, 2019

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

8170 McCormick Blvd

Skokie


Space is limited.  Register today!