Hope For The Journey

Hold Me Tight™

2-Day Couples Workshops | Austin, TX - Stay Tuned For Details

Intimacy * * * Connection * * * Renewal

“I spend all day with the kids, cleaning & cooking, running them around…You come home and spend all your time attached to your phone.”

“What? I’ve been working all day! I deal with all the stress around here & you don’t even care.”

Does this feel familiar? Are you and your partner caught in an endless loop of arguments and anger? Are you worried your relationship might not make it? 

If so, you need a reset.

Join the thousands of couples across the US who are now feeling connected and secure because they attended a Hold Me Tight™ couples weekend workshop. 

The Hold Me Tight™ workshop was designed by Dr. Sue Johnson, a leading couples therapist and creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). The workshop is based on principles outlined in Dr. Johnson’s book Hold Me Tight™ and is proven to help couples understand why they fight and how to break the cycle. 

Making the honeymoon last takes effort.

Our Hold Me Tight™ workshop can show you how to make that effort pay off for years to come.

What is a Hold Me Tight™ Couples Workshop?

What Is a Hold Me Tight NOT?

It’s NOT therapy. 

Nope. This workshop is perfect if you or your partner isn’t quite ready for the vulnerability of couples therapy. In fact, it may be all you need. 

Most of the couples who attend arrive knowing things could be better in their relationship, but unsure exactly what they need. They leave the weekend feeling more connected and usually have clarity over what the next step should be…

A) We’re good! From here, we’ll just be practicing the skills learned during the workshop

B) We need to dig deeper and start couples counseling (but now there’s readiness AND you got about a 2-month jump start in just 2 days and for a fraction of the cost)  

Stay tuned for upcoming workshop dates!

All Relationships Need a Little TLC

This Hold Me Tight™ Couples Intensive Workshop will involve 2 days of personalized education and exercises built to help you and your partner:

*Find your way back to each other

*Turn the fight you’ve been having over and over into an opportunity to understand and support each other

*Understand what’s driving these arguments

*Create new patterns that will re-spark your relationship for years to come

Create Change

Identify the cycle between you and learn how to change it


Learn the science behind attachment and how it applies to your relationship


Learn to listen and hear each other with compassion

Who Will Benefit From a Hold Me Tight™ Workshop?

*Couples where one or both partner has a history of trauma

*New relationships wanting to start off on the right foot

*Those who have drifted apart
*Partners who want to stay together, but aren’t sure how
*Couples not sure if they are ready for couples counseling
*Couples who are tired of having the same fight day in and day out

Who Are Your Hold Me Tight Facilitators?

The Hold Me Tight™ Couples Intensive Workshop curriculum was developed by Dr. Sue Johnson, a psychologist known for the creation of a leading couples modality called Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). This workshop is based off the principals outlined in her book Hold Me Tight.

Both of our trainers are EFT-trained practitioners. Angela Jensen-Ramirez has completed certification in EFT. Both are experienced couples therapists with sex therapy certifications and beloved by their clients. You’ll love them, too!

Heather Hammock, LMFT

Heather Hammock is a couples counselor at Hope For The Journey, a group of trauma counselors in Texas. She is also a licensed sex therapist and is EMDR trained, working towards certification. Heather practices out of our Round Rock location, as well as providing online therapy for folks anywhere in Texas. Heather's experience with couples has created quite the demand for her services. Her clients say things like, "Heather has been so amazing. She offers new ways of looking at at situations and new ways of communication and understanding my partner."

Angela Jensen-Ramirez, LCSW, CST

Angela Jensen-Ramirez is owner of Anew Therapy in Austin, TX. She is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and an ICEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist. With these credentials, she uses a holistic approach to her work with couples and individuals. She is the only clinician in Austin that holds both certifications, and clients love her! We are so honored to be partnering with her in our Hold Me Tight™ workshop.

What's The Investment?

$895 fee (per couple) includes:

*Personalized workshop built around YOU and YOUR PARTNER

*2 full days of hands on learning and experiential practice

*No requirement to air all your “dirty laundry” and be super vulnerable because this is not couples counseling. It’s skill-building.  

*Two experienced Facilitators who are trained as Couples AND Sex Therapists AND Trauma Specialists

*The equivalent of 2 months of couples skill-building (Which would cost at least $2500 if you spent that time in couples counseling, meaning you’re actually saving over $1600 and 2 months of your time!)

*Intimate, small group to provide the safety and confidentiality you need to feel comfortable being real

*Engaging presentation, including videos of other couples using Hold Me Tight™ methods

*Worksheet guides to help you through the Hold Me Tight™ Conversation

*Coffee, tea, and light snacks (lunches and overnight accommodations are on your own)


Where will the intensive be held?

Location will be in the greater Austin area. Exact location TBD. 

Will childcare be provided? Can kids attend, too?


Please make arrangements for your children to be cared for so you can put your full attention towards making lifelong changes in your relationship.

Will there be food?

We’ll provide coffee, tea, and light refreshments, but lunch is on your own. 

Is this an overnight retreat?

No, please make arrangements for your own lodging if coming from out of town.
The in-person portion on Sunday will be held from 9-5pm at a location TBD in the Austin area. Once you are registered, the location and directions will be emailed to you. 

(Please arrive by 8:30 to sign in).

What if I need to cancel?

There are instances where a full or partial refund will be given. The cancelation guidelines will be posted for our next workshop once it is scheduled. Stay tuned!

What should we do to prepare?

Required Reading:

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love 

by Dr. Sue Johnson

Buy on Amazon Here

What Makes Us Different?

1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys are sexually abused as children. The impact these early experiences have on relationships is staggering. Our facilitators are Trauma Specialists. So, if you or your partner has a history of trauma, sexual or otherwise, our workshop is tailored especially for you.

What if I have questions not answered here?

Please contact our Client Care Coordinator, Nia, who will be happy to answer your questions. 

512-400-4790 extension 103

[email protected]

Hope For The Journey and Anew Therapy are partnering to bring the dynamic Hold Me Tight™ Couples Intensive Workshop to the Austin, Texas area. Hope For The Journey is a counseling group in Texas that helps kids, adults, parents, and partners across Texas to heal and thrive after trauma with counseling that works. Anew Therapy is the private practice of Angela Jensen-Ramirez where she helps individuals and couples to heal using a holistic approach. 

Together, we offer sex-positive, anti-racist services welcoming people of all walks, identities, and human sexual experiences. 

Other Services Offered At Hope For The Journey

Hope For The Journey offers more than just training opportunities. We’re a top-notch trauma counseling group for Texas, too!

If you or someone you know has a history of trauma that is interfering with the present, we can help. We offer counseling and sexual assault services at our Round Rock, TX location, our Austin, TX location, and online. Other mental health services include therapy for anxiety, depressiondomestic violencePTSD, anger management, and EMDR. Our team also provides support for family members of all ages with counseling for teens and young adultschildren and tweens, mencouples, and parents/partners. Contact us to learn more about our team and community involvement today!

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