Hold Me Tight Program: An Attachment Theory Approach to Strengthening Couple Relationships

by Hailey Palmer and Alan J. Hawkins

The Bottom Line (at the Top): Dr. Sue Johnson’s Hold Me Tight relationship education (RE) program is the first RE program to be based on attachment theory and the popular Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). It is an new approach to helping couples foster trust and connection. Several evaluation studies on the effectiveness of the program found that couples who engaged in Hold Me Tight generally experienced small-to-moderate improvements in relationship satisfaction, trust, and attachment security, although these positive effects may fade quickly. More rigorous studies in the future will determine the long-term effectiveness of the program. Continue reading “Hold Me Tight Program: An Attachment Theory Approach to Strengthening Couple Relationships”