Hold Me Tight Conversations - Couples Workshop - 05/06/2017

  • Presented By:
  • Speaker / Facilitator: Betsy Walli, LMFT, and Bahar Mahmoudian, MFTi
  • Topic Area: Marriage Enrichment

  • Start Date: 05/06/2017
  • Duration: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
  • Daily Schedule: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Registration Deadline: Early bird pricing ends April 15, 2017.

  • Location: 4000 Birch Street, Suite 203 Newport Beach, California, 92660
  • Fee Info: Fee is $525 with early-bird discount if payment is received by April 15. After that date, the fee will be $599.
  • Open To: Mental Health Professionals, General Public, Couples

  • Contact Information: The workshop meets on the weekend of February 25-26, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. To ensure that each couple receives personal attention and guidance, the workshop is limited to three to six couples. The cost per couple is $450, for 14 hours of instruction. There is an early bird rate of $399 per couple if payment is received by February 4. Payment may be made by cash, check, or credit card. For more information or to reserve your space in this workshop, please call or email Betsy or Bahar: Betsy Walli, MS, PhD, LMFT (714) 584-4447 betsy@occounseling.net Bahar Mahmoudian, MA, MFTI (714) 599-4050 joyoflifetherapy@gmail.com

You will experience how to:

Reconnect with your partner,

Identify and change the negative cycles that get in the way of intimacy and romance,

Make sense of your own and your partner’s emotions and needs,

Better manage stress and conflict, and

Restore trust and safety in your relationship.

It’s All About Connection

It hurts to feel disconnected from your partner. And sometimes the harder you both try to close that distance, the farther apart and more lonely you both end up feeling. Yet you keep using the same ineffective relationship strategies, because you don’t know what else to do! Or maybe you just give up.

If yours is like most relationships, you’re already spending enough time and effort trying to make it work — you’re just spending it in the wrong way. In this workshop, you will learn how to redirect your efforts and create more connection and intimacy in your relationship.

This workshop is based on an approach called Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). In published research, EFT has been shown to significantly improve 86% of relationships — and these benefits usually endure long after completion of treatment, even for couples dealing with significant betrayals or lack of trust.

Once couples feel securely connected, resolving other issues in the relationship becomes much easier. 

What To Expect

Within a small group of couples, you will learn about the new science of love and relationships, view videos of real couples being guided through the Hold Me Tight conversations, and complete exercises in private with your partner. Group participation is optional. 
This is not couples therapy, nor is it just listening to a lecture. It is a relaxed, non-threatening opportunity for you to experience a new way of understanding your relationship and connecting with each other. You and your partner will have opportunities throughout the workshop to try out what you learn in private conversations with each other, with confidential help from the workshop leaders if desired. Group participation is not required. 
This internationally-recognized workshop is based on the best-selling book Hold Me Tight,
by Dr. Sue Johnson.

Workshop Leaders

Betsy Walli is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 85860) with a private practice in Hermosa Beach and Seal Beach, specializing in Emotionally Focused Therapy with couples. Betsy holds both an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Fullerton, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bahar Mahmoudian is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern (MFTI 79449) under the supervision of Tinaz Vevaina, MA, LMFT 36313, with a private practice in Newport Beach specializing in Emotionally Focused Therapy with couples. Bahar received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.


Some comments from participants in Betsy and Bahar’s December 2016 workshop:

“Coming in I was super scared and uneasy of what would be expected from me. But after going through it, I absolutely recommend it. It opened me up and I learned a lot.”

“I was nervous to take HMT in such a small setting, but Betsy generously took a consultation call with me that reassured me that it could turn out better – it was!”

“I attended this workshop early in my present relationship, as a way to proactively protect and nurture my relationship. I found this very valuable, particularly identifying raw spots.”

“This was an amazing experience – incredible approach to strengthening a significant relationship. So glad I was able to attend with my fiancé. Gave us tools to use for a better life.”

“The workshop surpassed all my expectations. I was worried that bringing up feelings and issues might harm my relationship. But with the tools I learned to use, it felt very safe, and the conversations between my partner and me were well received on both sides and brought us closer together.”