Hold Me Tight® Conversations - Couples Workshop - 09/23/2017

  • Presented By:
  • Speaker / Facilitator: Betsy Walli, LMFT, and Bahar Delaram, LMFT
  • Topic Area: Marriage Enrichment, Specific issues and Disorders, Family Growth and Development, Individual Growth and Development, Group Counseling

  • Start Date: 09/23/2017
  • Duration: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
  • Daily Schedule: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Registration Deadline: Register through Sept. 22.

  • Location: Redondo Beach, California, 90278
  • Fee Info: Fee is $699 per couple.
  • Open To: Mental Health Professionals, General Public, Couples

  • Contact Information: The workshop meets on the weekend of Sept. 23-24, 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 seven couples. For 14 hours of instruction and assisted private exercises, breakfast and lunch plus snacks and beverages, two workbooks, and the Hold Me Tight book, the cost is $749 per couple, or $699 if payment is received by September 1. Your space will be reserved once payment is received. You may pay by cash, check, or credit card, and register online or by phone: https://occounseling.net/relationship-workshop/ Betsy - (714) 584-4447, betsy@occounseling.net Bahar - (714) 599-4050, joyoflifetherapy@gmail.com

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 and provides an introduction to a couples therapy approach called Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). In published research, over 90% of couples who complete EFT couples therapy gain significant improvements in their relationships — and these benefits usually endure long after completion of treatment, even for couples dealing with significant betrayals or lack of trust.

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.

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. 
We’ll Provide

Comfortable, relaxed home setting

Maximum 7 couples

14 hours of instruction and assisted private exercises, 9am-5pm each day

Continental breakfast both days

Lunch both days

Snacks and beverages

40-page workbook for each participant

Complimentary copy of Hold Me Tight, by Dr. Sue Johnson

This internationally-recognized workshop is based on the best-selling book Hold Me Tight,
by Dr. Sue Johnson. A copy of the book is included with your registration.

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 Delaram is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 100486) 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 previous participants in Betsy and Bahar’s 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.”