Hold Me Tight® – A Workshop for Couples

Is it time to improve your relationship and learn to communicate in new ways that increase understanding, closeness and pleasure? The HMT® Workshop can help you achieve that.

Hold Me Tight® was developed by Dr. Sue Johnson, based on the Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love which has been shown to be essential for a successful relationship. In addition to learning about attachment, the workshop will include exercises and conversations between you and your partner and video demonstrations of other couples interacting.

HMT® is a two-day psycho-educational program designed to teach partners how to move away from cycles of conflict, increase emotional responsiveness, forgive old wounds and rekindle desire and affection. The workshop teaches tools to use when partners are inaccessible and in the grip of strong emotion. Partners will learn how to de-escalate negative patterns that disrupt and erode closeness and how to reengage more meaningfully. During the workshop, partners work with each other exclusively.

Join us for this positive, research-based program for all couples who want to strengthen their relationship, including both partners already committed, same-sex couples, LGBT couples, and pre-marital couples who want to learn how to make love last over a lifetime.


Upcoming Workshops

Dates: TBA

Time: TBA (but typically, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

Price: $650 per couple (Sliding scale available)

Place: Encino/Los Angeles

Click here to download a flyer.


Our Trainers At a Glance

Veronica Thomas, PhD and Susan Thau, PhD are licensed psychologists, Certified EFT Therapists and Supervisors. Each has been in practice for over 30 years.

To learn more about each therapist, please scroll down.



To register, simply provide payment using this link: paypal.me/SVHMT.

Enter $650 in the payment area, and click next. You will be asked to log into your PayPal account, after which you can confirm your purchase. Once complete, email either trainer below to obtain further details. You may also contact the trainers to learn about our sliding scale.


Veronica Thomas, PhD

vthomasphd@gmail.com | (818) 599-8350

Susan Thau, PhD

susanthau@gmail.com | (310) 829-5656


All are welcome!

With decades of experience, we are are sensitive to the unique needs of couples in the Greater Los Angeles area. We have experience working with straight couples, same sex couples, couples with diverse backgrounds, couples raising a child with medical needs, married and unmarried couples, couples with complex histories, and couples who simply want to deepen their relationship.

If you have a concern or are not sure this workshop is for you, then contact us now.


About Our Trainers

About Susan Thau, PhD

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and have been in practice for over three decade. I received my BA from UCLA, MA from Cal State Northridge, PhD from California School of Processional Psychology, and PsyD from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. I further specialize in Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Discernment Therapy.

In my individual therapy sessions, I aspire to treat each session as a process of examining what has meaning in life. I create a safe place to explore deeply meaningful personal issues, as well as a collaborative atmosphere which encourages mutual engagement. During my sessions with individuals and couples, I also work from an attachment perspective. I am particularly interested in how stress is manifested in our bodies and work with patients to help them to become more resilient. This includes helping individuals get in touch with their longings and feelings which previously had remained un-worded, embedded in dreams and other private experiences.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, American Psychological Association

  • Member, California Psychological Association

  • Member, Los Angeles County Psychological Association

  • Member, Division 39, APA, Psychoanalytic Psychologists

  • Member, Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles

  • Founding Board Member, Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, 2011-2014

  • EFT Project member: “Caught in The Struggle” released in 2014 for national and international sale by International Center for Excellent in Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • EFT Project member: “Living Love That Lasts” documentary to be released in 2019


About Veronica Thomas, PhD

I have been in practice since 1978 first as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and later as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. My orientation to therapy is psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and experiential. My work is informed by my understanding of early attachment issues which become a running thread to all important attachments throughout the lifespan as well as family systems.

After receiving a B.A. in English (Adelphi University) and a M.A. in Education (Syracuse Univsersity) I taught high school English for ten years. When I decided to pursue becoming a psychotherapist I received a M.A. in Educational Psychology (Cal State Northridge) and later a PhD (California Graduate Institute now The Chicago Institute of Psychology) in clinical psychology.I I have Certification in Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. I am Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. I have a Certificate of Completion for courses in Attachment Focused – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (AF-EMDR). I am Certified in Discernment Counseling. In order to maintain my clinical effectiveness, I continue to study new research and train in up-to-date interventions.

I am a cofounder and former board member of Child Development Institute in Woodland Hills as well as founding member and current board member of the Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples (LACEFT).

License & Certifications:

  • California Psychology License Number: PSY13949

  • Certification in Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

  • Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples

  • Certified Supervisor in Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • Certificate of Completion of EMDR Approved Courses in EMDR

  • Certificate in Discernment Counseling