Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples

Personal Development - Relationships

Michelle Gannon, Sam Jinich

May 26-28, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights
CE Credits available

$320 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

Take time to renew your relationship and reconnect with the love that brought you together.

Your relationship can be a source of great comfort and joy—and also a cause of stress and pain. Many of us are doing the best that we can to be close to each other, even in the midst of conflict and disconnection. Unfortunately, the habitual strategies that we use may cause more distance, conflict, and distress.

This weekend, you and your partner will learn and practice new ways to strengthen the positive, life-affirming aspects of being in relationship with each other. Led by Michelle Gannon, PhD, and Sam Jinich, PhD, licensed psychologists for more than 20 years and sought-after experts in Emotionally Focused Therapy, you learn to:

  • Improve your communication
  • Affirm strengths in your relationship
  • Address negative interaction patterns and recognize underlying reasons for your conflicts
  • Understand more clearly each other’s emotions and enhance your emotional and physical closeness.

Michelle and Sam—through a variety of tools, including presentations, private exercises, prompts for conversations with your partner, and video demonstrations—will help you rediscover the pleasure of being a couple and enjoy a more satisfying relationship.

Take time for a weekend together that will support you as a couple for many years to come.

Faculty Bio

Michelle Gannon

Michelle Gannon is a clinical psychologist, individual and couples therapist, and workshop leader who helps people explore and express their feelings, increase understanding, heal from painful experiences, increase empathy, and create more meaningful lives.

With Dr. Sam Jinich, Dr. Gannon leads Hold Me Tight Workshops for Couples to help couples improve communication, connection, and closeness. With more than 20 years of clinical experience, she also supervises and teaches therapists at the San Francisco Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy.

Dr. Gannon has been interviewed about psychology and relationships on Evening Magazine and CBS‰’s The Early Show, as well as in the San Francisco Chronicle, TIME, Huffington Post, People Magazine, and Hitched. She attended the International Daring Way‰ and Rising Strong‰ Workshop Facilitator Training Program with Dr. Brené Brown and co-leads the Rising Strong workshop with Beth Jaeger-Skigen in San Francisco.

Sam Jinich

Sam Jinich is a clinical psychologist, individual and couples therapist, and workshop leader with more than 20 years of clinical experience.

He is director of the San Francisco Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)‰, where he also serves as a certified supervisor, therapist, and trainer‰. He is also director of the Instituto de Terapia Focalizada en las Emociones in San Francisco.

Born in Mexico City, Dr. Jinich is bilingual and bicultural, and travels to Latin America to teach EFT to Spanish-speaking therapists. With Dr. Michelle Gannon, he leads Hold Me Tight Workshops for Couples to help couples improve communication, connection, and closeness.

His specialty is working with clients who are experiencing emotional distress, have a desire to deepen their understanding of themselves, and want to improve in the areas of communication, conflict resolution, commitment, relationship building, and parenting.

Why Attend

  • Gain new perspective on how to understand your partner and strengthen your relationship together.

  • Take home supportive tools for connecting and reconnecting with your partner again and again throughout your relationship.

  • Understand your own emotions, learn compassionate ways to explore and express your feelings, and increase your understanding of yourself and others.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Special Interest to

    Helping professionals and therapists might take the Hold Me Tight Workshop with a partner to learn the Emotionally Focused Therapy model and improve communication, closeness, and connection in their own relationships in addition to learning skills to use with their clients.


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.

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