Join Our 2-Day Weekend Couples Workshop in Portland, OR

“This was exactly what we needed as a couple. We were able to let go of so much we were holding onto. I feel like we are leaving with a clean slate! Thank You!”

Workshop Dates:

October 26-27, 2019 ONE SPOT LEFT!
February 8-9, 2020
April 18-19, 2020
October 24-25, 2020

In this deeply experiencial workshop, you will not just learn the skills that build love bonds, a sense of safety in the relationship to talk about anything, and that break destructive cycles of fighting or withdrawing from each other…

You will FEEL it.

With a combination of group sessions and private sessions, you will discover why the Hold Me Tight® approach works so well for any couple – new or old, straight or gay, bickering or shutting down.

You’ve gone through what this approach is all about and what it can do for you. Now it’s time to decide if you’re going to continue down the path you’ve been on, or choose to bond with your partner and rekindle the love and passion that is possible for you.

Workshops consistently sell out early, so grab your spot while you can!


Each Hold Me Tight® workshop includes…

  • Videotaped sessions of couples working through the Emotionally Focused Therapy process.
  • Lectures and demonstrations by instructors trained by Dr.Sue Johnson and the highly regarded Emotionally Focused Therapy Community.
  • Practice exercises with your partner to create greater awareness and understanding of your respective emotional experience.
  • A Hold Me Tight® workbook full of information and exercise to guide practice and emotional deepening of your relationship at home.
  • Private follow-up session at no additional fee!-scheduled at a time of your choice!

“We came at a time in our relationship that was so rocky we weren’t even sure we make it to the workshop. Today we feel closer that we’ve felt and understand each other more deeply. Absolutely worth it.”

Past Participant

“We feel like we are leaving this workshop with tools that are realistic and practical. We also feel validated – we are not alone in our emotions or experiences. Knowing that we’re not alone in our challenges means we are not alone in our solutions.”

Past Participant

Facilitated by a Licensed EFT Couples Therapist

Laurel Marshall, MA, LMFT

Laurel Marshall, MA, LMFT

A licensed marriage and family therapist with experience and training working with couples using Emotion Focused Therapy since 2010. Laurel has a private practice in Portland, Oregon where she works with couples to identify and heal relationship dynamics that cause them distress, deepen vulnerability, intimacy and foster a secure and sacred connection with each other.

Joseph Losi, MA, LMFT

Joseph Losi, MA, LMFT

A licensed marriage and family therapist. He is recognized by the International Centre for Excellense in Emotionally Focuse Therapy as a Certified EFT Therapist. He is passionate about his work in helping couples to grow safer, more accepting and secure attachments with each other. In gentle and yet powerful ways, Joseph helps couples uncover and share their core identities.

Workshop Details:

Each workshop is held over two days, and does not include lodging or meals. Includes beverage service and healthy snacks, including coffee and tea.


We’ll start at 9 AM and go until 5pm. You’ll have an hour lunch break at noon and have the evening to enjoy downtown Portland. Nearby restaurants are available for lunch and dinner.


We’ll start at 9 AM and go until 5pm.
You’ll have an hour lunch break at noon.


Lodging and Food Options:

For those who live out of the city, this may be a good opportunity to spend a little time away and enjoy Portland’s food, nightlife, and neighborhoods. Portland has a wealth of options to explore!


About the Historic Overlook House


The Historic Overlook House is a handsome brick and stucco Tudor residence built in 1927; the house sits on more than an acre of beautifully landscaped grounds with views of the Willamette River and Portland’s West Hills. Inside, the charm of the original woodwork, beveled glass, tile fireplace, plentiful windows and access to a deck overlooking the grounds offer an intimate environment. Mature trees and lovely perennials frame the garden.

The Historic Overlook House is minutes from downtown Portland or the airport and right near the max stop.

Held in Portland, Oregon

Overlook House
3839 N. Melrose Dr.
Portland OR. 97227

Only 1 Ticket per Couple:

Therapists – earn 14.75 CEU’s. Learn more here »


$749 Early Bird Price

($799 normal price)

Fee also includes one FREE Follow-Up Couples Counseling Session

Continue the experience with a FREE private couples counseling session with Laurel Marshall. Build on the foundation you began in the workshop, and get your questions answered after having brought your Hold Me Tight® experience back to your day to day lives.

Still have questions? See our FAQ below »

October 26-27, 2019

February 8-9, 2020

April 18-19, 2020

October 24-25, 2020

Hold Me Tight® Seattle is an educational workshop not meant to replace couples or individual therapy. Participants not in significant relational crisis and free of mood or addictive disorders will benefit most. If you have any questions regarding the appropriateness of this workshop for yourself or your partnership, please feel free to contact Laurel Marshall @ 503-298-9219 for a phone consultation. Certain cancellation fees may apply. See details on Event Brite Registration Page.

“I like how we were encouraged and helped to confront our issues in an open and non-judgmental manner.”

Spring 2018 Participant

“You created a very safe environment and helped me understand with clear examples that were very valuable in seeing our relationship in a new light.”

Spring 2017 Participant

““I loved everything about this workshop. The creation of a safe environment to contain this process for all of us. I felt heard and understood by my partner and by all four therapists”

Fall 2018 Participant

“This workshop was a huge move forward for us. The depth of conversations we got into was so much deeper than we have ever had on our own.”

Spring 2019 Participant

“We learned a great deal about the fears that have kept our cycle alive and how to slow down and identify the demon cycle. We know the we might not eliminate it, but now we feel that together we can break it and repair more quickly by employing the strategies we learned in the workshop.”

Spring 2019 Participant

Frequently Asked Questions for Hold Me Tight® Seattle Workshops

Q: How long does your workshop last?

A: We meet on Saturday from 9am-5pm Pacific Standard Time (US), through online video chat. We finish on Sunday from 9am-5pm PST.

Q: Is this a residential workshop?

A: No.

Q: Where is the workshop held? 

Seattle, WA. See more location details on our Registration page.

Q: Does HMTS use EFT? What is EFT?

A: Yes. EFT or Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples is a highly researched and empirically validated couple therapy approach. EFT has been shown to be effective with over 70% of the couples who seek it out. EFT combines experiential emotion focused work with family systems. Grounded in Attachment Theory EFT produces change through corrective emotional experiences which unblock vulnerable hidden primary emotion in a safe, measured and progressive manner. Follow-up studies of couples who partake of individual EFT therapy demonstrate couple satisfaction at 3 years post therapy.

Q: What style of workshop does HMTS conduct?

A: The heart of the HMTS workshop revolves around 7 experiential private couple breakout sessions. Each session is professionally facilitated by Joseph and five other highly trained EFT couples therapists, who is recognized by the International Centre of Excellence in EFT as a fully Certified EFT couples therapist. Our HMTS workshop also utilizes, a lively mix of PowerPoint discussion, video demos, and safe group process and discussion. No death by PowerPoint.

Q: Does HMTS use the methods of Dr. Susan Johnson, the primary creator of EFT?

A. Yes. As fully credentialed and highly trained EFT practitioners with thousands of hours in EFT training and clinical practice we largely base our workshops from the original HMT workshop designed by Dr. Johnson. We have made enhancements over the years we have offered the workshop.

Q: What is the satisfaction rate of couples who partake in the workshop?

A: Self- Evaluations from the couples that have completed our workshops have demonstrated a satisfaction rated of over 85%.

Q: Are workshop participants asked to process confidential matters in group?

A: No. But many participants do share poignant lessons they experience during the workshop. Sharing is completely up to the participant.

Q: Will participants be required to do much writing?

A: No. But many of our participants take generous notes in provided workshop booklet, or in their own notebooks.

Q: Is HMTS appropriate for couples in crisis?

A: Every couple is different. Every couple crisis presents different challenges. If you feel like you are in crisis, we recommend that you call us and describe your situation. Only with a good assessment of your current challenge will we be able to fully assess the fit of the workshop for you. We may suggest an intensive session before coming to the workshop to better prepare you to gain the maximum benefit the workshop can offer.

Q: Is HMTS appropriate for same sex couples?

A: We strongly believe so. Several same sex couples have progressed through our workshop. Please see our latest video testimonial for the thoughts of one of those couples.

Q: Is HMTS appropriate for couple with an active addiction (behavioral or substance) or domestic violence present in their relationship?

A: No. We encourage those that are experiencing addiction addiction to seek trained addiction counselors. We encourage those that are experiencing domestic violence, that is situational in nature to contact at EFT therapist trained in working with Situational Partner Violence. EFT has been shown in studies to be effective in successful working through that challenge. Intimate Partner Violence should not be treated in couples therapy and needs trained individual attention.

Q: What is the level of training of the facilitators?

A: Joseph Losi, MA, LMFT is a fully licensed Marriage & Family therapist in WA state. He is also recognized by the International Centre for Excellence in EFT as a fully Certified EFT therapist, one of 10 in the state of Washington. Joseph has experience as a couples therapist since 2010, and as a Hold Me Tight Workshop facilitator since 2012.

Q: What therapeutic follow-up to the workshop is available?

A: With your tuition to the workshop all couples are provided one no-charge, in-person, follow-up session within 60 days of your attended workshop. Joseph will also work closely with you to find an appropriate EFT therapist if additional follow-up with either of them is not chosen.

Q: Can participants pay on installment?

A: We are sorry to say we are not able to provide installment plans. However, we do accept credit card through Eventbrite for the purchase of your ticket.