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Learn how to deepen your connection with your partner!  


The Hold Me Tight Workshop offers you a map to cultivate and strengthen lasting love in your most important relationship. 



Program Overview

In this program, you will learn about the new science of love and explore the negative cycles in your own relationship. You will participate in guided discussions with the facilitators and other participants, and watch demonstration videos to witness other couples learning to step out of the negative cycles and create a stronger, more loving relationship. You will practice, through in-class and take-home exercises, seven key conversations to move you through the negative cycles that keep you stuck. With practice, you and your partner can become more accessible, emotionally responsive and engaged with one another.


Seven Transforming Conversations:


Recognizing Demon Dialogues—In this first conversation, couples identify negative and destructive remarks in order to get to the root of the problem and figure out what each of you is really trying to say.


Finding the Raw Spots—Here, each partner learns to look beyond immediate, impulsive reactions to figure out what emotional raw spots are being hit.


Revisiting a Rocky Moment—This conversation provides a platform for de-escalating conflict and repairing rifts in a relationship and building emotional safety.


Hold Me Tight—The heart of the program: this conversation moves partners into being more accessible, emotionally responsive, and deeply engaged with each other.


Forgiving Injuries—Injuries may be forgiven but they never disappear. Instead, they need to become integrated into couples’ conversations as demonstrations of renewal and connection. Knowing how to find and offer forgiveness empowers couples to strengthen their bond.


Bonding Through Sex and Touch—Here, couples find how emotional connection creates great sex, and good sex creates deeper emotional connection.


Keeping Your Love Alive—This last conversation is built on the understanding that love is a continual process of losing and finding emotional connection; it asks couples to be deliberate and mindful about maintaining connection.




Hold Me Tight Relationship Enhancement Groups


The Hold Me Tight Relationship Enhancement Program is based on the book Hold Me Tight, by Sue Johnson, the founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).  






Dates and session times:


March  11, 2016 to April 29, 2016
6pm – 8.00pm
March  12, 2016 to April 30, 2016
3pm – 5.00pm




For more information please contact:


Ken Genlik, RSW, MMFT, RMFT, Psy.D. Cand.


Phone: 204.260.6717

Fee:  $100/week 

Location:  106-55 Nassau Street North

Participants: Limited to 5 couples


Frequently Asked  Questions


Program Cost and Payment: The cost for Winnipeg program, including all handouts and supplementary materials, is $100/week per couple.  


Program Requirements: All participants are asked to: Purchase a copy of Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, by Dr. Sue Johnson.  It recommended that you read the book in it's entirety prior to the start of the workshop for the weekend format.  For the 7 or 8 week session format, it is recommended that you have read at minimum the first 4 chapters of the book and other chapters will be assigned as "homework" throughout the workshop.


Missed Sessions: If you are attending the 8 session program and have to miss a session, kindly let us know in advance if possible. We are happy to email you the materials for that session and ask that you “make up” the missed content at home by reading the materials and completing the in-class and homework practice exercises. Since each session of the Hold Me Tight program builds on the next, we would like to keep you “up to speed” if you have to miss a week.


Cancelation/Refund Policy :  If you must cancel your enrollment prior to the start of the program for any reason, we will refund you the full cost of tuition, minus a $ 90 administrative fee.  There are no refunds for cancelations beyond the start date of the program, because we cannot give your spot to another participant that time.

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