When: June 3-4, 2023; Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm
Where: Amherst Women’s Club, 35 Triangle St., Amherst MA
Instructor: Sara Elinoff Acker, MSW, LICSW
Rates: Early Bird Fee until 5/13/23; Full – $695, Early Bird – $625

This program teaches couples to become more attuned, trusting, and open with each other and to more easily handle day-to-day stress and conflict. Based on the book Hold Me Tight, we will discuss key relationship concepts, watch demonstrative video clips, and do guided conversations designed to strengthen and deepen a couple’s emotional connection. All experiential exercises take place between partners in order to maintain personal privacy and provide safety. Since this is an educational program and is not therapy, a phone or email screening will be done prior to enrollment.

In a weekend format, this couples workshop serves as a relationship retreat. It takes place at the Smith College Conference Center overlooking the pond. This will be an in-person event. Full vaccinations are required to participate.

Hold Me Tight® is a registered trademark of Dr. Sue Johnson.

Is this Hold Me Tight® program for you?

  • Would you like a closer relationship to your partner?
  • Do you sometimes get stuck in old repetitive patterns?
  • Would you like to strengthen the bond between you?
  • Repair an old hurt?
  • Deepen your sense of emotional safety and connection?

This program guides partners to become more attuned, trusting, and open with each other and to more easily handle day-to-day stress and conflict. Based on the book Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Susan Johnson, we will discuss key relationship concepts, watch demonstrative video clips, and do guided conversations designed to strengthen and deepen a couple’s emotional connection. All experiential exercises take place between partners in order to maintain personal privacy and provide safety.

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photo of white woman smiling with grey curly hair and black shirt with green meadow behind herSara Elinoff Acker, MSW, LICSW is a seasoned couples therapist in private practice in Belchertown, MA. She received her Master’s at the University of Connecticut in 1990. She has over 25 years experience in intimate partner abuse, working with both survivors and perpetrators and leading professional trainings and workshops across the country. Her book, Unclenching Our Fists: Abusive Men on the Journey to Nonviolence, was published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2013. In 2014, Sara shifted her clinical focus to supporting couples in building healthy relationships and completed extensive training in Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy. She has worked with dozens of couples  in her private practice and has assisted at Hold Me Tight® workshops. She loves helping couples strengthen their bonds and be able to overcome hurts they’ve sustained through vulnerable, open hearted and honest conversations. Sara has witnessed couples being able to make profound shifts in their connection through the two-day immersion of the Hold Me Tight® experience, and is thrilled to be facilitating this deeply impactful program.

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