EXCITING NEWS JUST ANNOUNCED ! ! !

Once in a lifetime opportunity to experience Hold Me Tight Workshop with Dr Sue Johnson, Dr Sam Jinich & Dr Michelle Gannon
January 24-25th, 2015

Register Today For Hold Me Tight Workshop:

Workshop with Sue, Sam and Michelle

Workshop with Michelle and Sam

Welcome To Hold Me Tight Workshop

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 engaged with you?

Is it time to improve your relationship and learn how to communicate
in new ways that promote better understanding and closeness?

We can help you in our Couples Workshop!

Hold Me Tight Workshop with
Dr Sue Johnson, Dr Sam Jinich & Dr Michelle Gannon

Hold Me Tight Workshop with
Dr Michelle Gannon & Dr Sam Jinich

Dr. Michelle Gannon and Dr. Sam Jinich are Clinical Psychologists, Individual and Couples Therapists and Couples Workshop Leaders in San Francisco. They both have over 20 years of experience helping people improve and enhance their relationships.

Sam is a Certified Trainer, Supervisor and Therapist in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Michelle is a Certified Supervisor and Therapist in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Sam and Michelle love working with individuals and couples who desire better relationships. Their professional expertise is in helping people develop more secure, close connections with each other.

Both Sam and Michelle teach and supervise other therapists about Attachment Theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy at the San Francisco Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (SFCEFT).

They love bringing Attachment Theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to couples in their Hold Me Tight Workshop. This Couples Workshop is supportive, safe, practical and positive.

Dr Sue Johnson developed the Hold Me Tight program based on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and her bestselling book, Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.

Dr Sue Johnson is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of peer-reviewed clinical research. It’s outstanding success has been heralded in many scientific journals, professional magazines and media such as New York Times and Psychology Today.

The focus of EFT is to help partners to understand more clearly each other’s deepest emotions. Feelings are often hidden, unexpressed or misunderstood. Our relationships can be a cause of stress and pain or a source of comfort and joy. In EFT, we help couples learn how to deal with their feelings together, reach towards each other, and be responsive in more loving and positive ways.

The GREAT news is that we are now bringing the EFT model to you in our Hold Me Tight Couples Weekend Workshop that will be Effective, Safe, Supportive, and Validating. Most importantly, the weekend will be Positive, Proactive and FUN!  The tools you learn will continue to serve your relationship long after this weekend.

At our Hold Me Tight Workshop, you will learn and experience how to:

  • Affirm strengths in your relationship
  • Address negative interaction patterns
  • Understand more clearly each other’s emotions
  • Recognize underlying reasons for your conflicts

  • Learn how to repair and forgive
  • Enhance your emotional and physical closeness
  • Improve your communication
  • Be more accessible, responsive and emotionally engaged with each other (A.R.E.)


Hold Me Tight Workshop Couples Testimonials

We are now strong converts to the couples therapy and the scientific approach that Sam and Michelle lead, and we both give it the strongest recommendation possible. It would be hard to find a more empathetic, but knowledgeable team than Sam and Michelle. They are superstars in focusing the training on each couple. This is an incredible course for people who want a better relationship, pure and simple.

- H and M, Los Angeles, California

We had the pleasure of attending the Hold Me Tight Workshop led by Dr. Michelle Gannon and Dr. Sam Jinich. I can say without any doubt that it was of great benefit to our relationship.

The Hold Me Tight Workshop combined teaching us about attachment, demon dialogues/negative patterns and cycles and most importantly, the time for the couples in attendance to have the deep healing/bonding conversations.

ALL couples would benefit greatly from the Hold Me Tight Workshop. For couples that are struggling or stuck, it is CRUCIAL.

- Donnovan, San Francisco Bay Area

We were co-managing roommates with three children-not lovers or devoted friends even. We were having regular breakdowns so when our therapist recommended we attend the workshop to add momentum to our couples therapy, we decided to come.

There were lots of poignant and funny visual aids and lots of time to really apply what we learned to our personal relationship specifically. We loved the engaging, nurturing, present and devoted attitude of Michelle and Sam plus all of the assisting therapists. I learned that my husband really cares about my biggest issues in our marriage, is deeply sorry and totally committed to making it great again.

- Heather, Sebastopol

We attended the Hold Me Tight Workshop with Sam and Michelle because we just read Sue Johnson’s book Hold Me Tight, and thought “Hmm, wouldn’t it be fun to take a Couples Workshop like this together to practice all this stuff?

Before we participated in the Hold Me Tight Workshop, I did however, from time to time, wonder whether there was a better way to connect even deeper through a communication style that would speak straight to the soul of my partner and feel an unearthly heavenly connection with each other?

Well, Sam and Michelle’s Hold Me Tight Workshop is just that- a safe place to allow us explore that connection that we all carry among us, but don’t know quite how to get to!

Lena & Felipe, Santa Cruz, CA

Interview with Dr Michelle Gannon & Dr Sam Jinich about
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) & Hold Me Tight Workshop

Hitched Mag Podcast for Hold Me Tight Workshop


Register for a Weekend
Hold Me Tight Workshop with
Michelle & Sam

San Francisco Couples Workshops

Fort Mason Center

sorry-graphicsold-outSaturday, February 14th 2015 & Sunday, February 15th, 2015
9:00 am – 5:30 pm

The Lodge at Tiburon
Tiburon, California


sorry-graphicsold-outSaturday, April 11th &
Sunday, April 12th, 2015
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

$695 per couple

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with Sue, Sam & Michelle

Sue Sam Michelle Hold Me Tight Workshop

Saturday, January 24th & Sunday, January 25th, 2015
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Fort Mason Conference Center, San Francisco

$825 per couple


The workshop fee includes:

  • The Hold Me Tight book (which we will mail to you in advance so you can read it before the workshop).
    At the Hold Me Tight Workshop, you will each receive a workbook full of helpful exercises.
  • Engaging presentations, video demonstrations of other real life couples, and the opportunity for many private exercises and conversations with your partner.
  • Michelle and Sam will be available to give you personal support and guidance as needed.
  • Experienced therapist helpers, trained in the EFT model, and available to you to offer additional support.
  • Coffee, Tea and Light Snacks will be provided. Lunch is on your own. Please feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks as well. (We are located at Fort Mason Center near restaurants and coffee shops in the Marina district.)

Continuing Education Credits (14) available for some health professionals.


What to expect:

The Hold Me Tight Workshop is designed around seven conversations based on the Hold Me Tight book, all of which have been shown to be essential to successful relationships. You will learn how to understand and improve your relationship by presentations by the workshop leaders, private exercises and conversations with your partner and by watching video demonstrations of other couples.

Although we encourage questions and comments, you do not need to speak in the group if you do not wish to. All of the dialogues with your partner will be done in private, as we always emphasize privacy and comfort. We welcome people of all backgrounds, ages, faiths and sexual orientations. We encourage you to seek therapy if you are in high relational distress.


Praise For Dr. Sue Johnson’s Hold Me Tight

Hold Me Tight Bookcover

“At last a road map through Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with its creator. Dr. Johnson’s superb science, humor, and clinical wisdom are finally accessible to all of us. I couldn’t pick a smarter, warmer and more real guide for this journey.”
– John Gottman, PhD, bestselling author of The Seven Principles for Making Relationships Work

“Finally we have a streamlined version of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), a leading empirically supported treatment for couples, written for lay people with a matter of fact discussion of the research literature and couple therapy.”
Family Psychologist Volume 25 No.1

“Wonderful… Hold Me Tight blends the best in research findings with practical suggestions from a caring and compassionate clinician. Hold Me Tight will be of great benefit to couples trying to find their way to better communication and deeper, more fulfilling ways of being with each other. Bravo!”
– Daniel J Siegel, MD, author of Mindsight, Parenting from the Inside Out & Brainstorm

“Dr. Sue Johnson has finally written the indispensable book for every couple in love.”
The American Journal of Family Therapy

“A much-needed message to all couples and therapists, and I recommend it to all.”
– Harville Hendrix, PhD, author of Getting the Love You Want


Esalen Catalog
Hold Me Tight Workshop will be offered at the beautiful Esalen Institute overlooking the ocean at Big Sur, California on June 12-14, 2015.  For retreat details and registration, please visit Esalen.