Frequently Asked Questions About Our Programs


I do not want to talk about my marriage with other people, will I have to share with other people at the Hold me Tight workshop?

We understand the need for privacy. Although all couples are welcome to enter into a discussion with the group, the bulk of talking occurs place privately between partners. Couples who do not want to talk about their relationship with the group are not expected to do so and we absolutely respect this. Confidentiality is important to us and we discuss this at at the start of the workshop. 

My boyfriend and I are not married, can we still attend Hold me Tight?

Yes! This program is designed for all couples who are in a committed relationship and have a desire to take their relationship to the next level. 

My husband and I have a happy marriage, but we lost the spark we once had, are your programs suitable for us?

Yes! It is fantastic that you have a healthy and happy relationship and a solid foundation. The concepts in this workshop will guide you to deepen your bond even more and can renew excitement and spark!

My wife and I are on the verge of separation. Can your programs help couples in distress?

The Hold me Tight workshop can absolutely provide the time and space for all couples, even those in crisis, to renew and restore their relationship. However, we recommend that couples who are heading toward separation or divorce schedule an appointment with a Marriage and Family Therapist who is trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. You are welcome to work with Cristina Trette privately or we can offer you a list of referrals in your area. 

My wife and I are lesbians and we have an open marriage, will our choices be honored? 

Yes! We are LGBTQ affirming. We welcome all couples that are committed to their relationship in the way that they define. 

Are your programs associated with any particular religion or spiritual practice? 

No. We are not associated with any particular religion. Although we have a spiritual practice, we do not teach or bring these concepts into this work. We respect each individual's religion and spiritual practice. We teach tools, such as breathing and visualization, to support participants with lowering stress and being more responsive in relationships.

Can you tell me more about Hold Me Tight?

The Hold me Tight Couples Workshop was developed by Dr. Sue Johnson and is based on Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and her book, "Hold me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love". Hold Me Tight® is a registered trademark to Sue Johnson.

The workshop is generally two full days, or eight weeks, of education, exercises, demonstrations, and private conversations that take place between couples. The experience is facilitated and couples are given time to work together at their own pace. The program focuses on supporting couples to develop a connection, intimacy, and communication.

What will I learn? How will the Hold me Tight program benefit my marriage?

In this program we cover:

  • What drives distress in relationships 
  • How to build on your strengths and renew connection and bonding
  • How to stop painful cycles of fighting, miscommunication, or lonely withdrawal
  • Ways to forgive and repair past difficulties in the relationship
  • How to enhance your sexual connection and incorporate touch

Is Hold me Tight a type of therapy?

No! Hold me Tight is the educational form of EFT and is not therapy. 

What is your background?

Cristina Trette is a coach and workshop facilitator. She sees clients privately at The Soul of Yoga in Encinitas, CA. Cristina has a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from The University of San Diego. To learn more about Cristina, click here.

Jeff Everage is a High-Performance Coach, workshop facilitator, business owner, and former Navy SEAL. 


I am not comfortable working on my marriage in a group setting, do you offer private sessions?

Yes, the best way to learn more about private sessions is to have a no-cost 20-minute consultation with Cristina Trette. Text or call her at 858-337-6124 or email her at [email protected]

I cannot afford the cost of the Hold me Tight program, do you offer another program that costs less?


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