Created for Connection: The Hold Me Tight© Workshop for Christian Couples
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.–1 John 4:8 Are you looking to enrich a healthy relationship, revitalize a tired one, or rescue on gone awry? Do you yearn to grow closer to God, and to further incorporate Him and His teachings into your marriage? We all want a lifetime of love, support, and faith. But sometimes we need a little help. Enter Dr. Sue Johnson, developer or Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the best couple therapist in the world, according to bestselling relationship expert Dr. John Gottman. In CREATED FOR CONNECTION, Dr. Johnson and Kenneth Sanderfer, a leading EFT practitioner in the Christian community, share Johnson’s groundbreaking and remarkably successful program for creating stronger, more secure relationships not only between partners, but between us and God. The message of CREATED FOR CONNECTION is simple: Forget about learning how to argue better, analyzing your early childhood, or making grand romantic gestures. Instead, get to the emotional underpinnings of your relationship by recognizing that you are attached to and dependent on your partner in much the same way that a child is on a parent, and we are on the Heavenly Father, for nurturing, soothing and protection. The way to enhance or save our relationships with each other and with God is to be open, attuned, responsive, and to re-establish safe emotional connections. Filled with Bible verses, inspiring real-life stories, and guidance, CREATED FOR CONNECTION will ensure a lifetime of love.
Hold Me Tight® Workshops: Relationship Enhancement Groups for the Public
The Hold Me Tight® Workshop was developed by Dr. Sue Johnson and is designed around seven conversations based on the Hold Me Tight book, all of which have been shown to be essential to successful relations. You will learn how to understand and improve your relationship through presentations by the workshop leaders, private exercises and conversations with your partner and by watching video demonstrations of other couples.
The Hold Me Tight© couples workshop is based on Dr. Sue Johnson’s research and book Created for Connection Hold Me Tight for Christian Couples – Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love. This workshop provides an opportunity for you to understand your relationship differently so you can increase your loving engagement, problem solve those tough, nagging issues and strengthen your communication skills through private exercises with your partner. In addition to practice with your partner, you will see video examples of other couples and how they learned to improve their communication and strengthen their relationship so you can learn how to:
- Address stuck patterns and negative cycles
- Make sense of your own emotions
- Learn more about your partner’s inner
- Overcome loneliness
- Repair and forgive emotional injuries
- Deepen your emotional, physical and
- Communicate to develop deeper
understanding and closeness
CELEBRATE AND STRENGTHEN YOUR COVENANT
This program offers Christian Couples the links between the gospel and scripture to the new science of love and loving. It demonstrates excellent results in research studies – couples become happier and more connected. It gives couples a way through their conflicts and also builds closeness and secure loving bonds.
THE MESSAGE OF CREATED FOR CONNECTION IS SIMPLE:
Don’t learn how to argue better, analyze your early childhood, or make grand romantic gestures. Instead, get to the underpinnings of your relationship by recognizing that you are attached to and dependent on your sweetheart in much the same way that a child is on a parent, and we are on Heavenly Father, for nurturing, soothing, and protection. The way to enhance or save our relationships with each other and with God is to be open, attuned, responsive, and to reestablish a safe emotional connection. Filled with Bible verses, inspiring real-life stories, and guidance. CREATED FOR CONNECTION, a program developed to ensure a lifetime of love.
GOD IS A FORTRESS, A REFUGE, AND A SOURCE OF STRENGTH (PSALMS).
For Christians, God is a fortress, a refuge, and a source of strength (Psalms). Acknowledging vulnerability and the need to turn to others for support has always been part of Christian teaching. Society teaches us that relying on others is a weakness and that for adults to “need” others is somehow shameful. But it is clear from scripture and science that a sense of connection with a loved one, as with God, provides us with a safe haven and the courage to face the world.
LOVE IS AT THE HEART OF SPIRITUAL LIFE.
People of faith have always known that love is at the heart of spiritual life. There is no greater love than Christ’s sacrifice for us. What you can now learn is that the new science of romantic love—of adult attachment— perfectly parallels and echoes Christ’s loving example and gift to us. This workshop is designed to help you face fear that leads to disconnection and utilize the gospel and truths of love.