Restoring Connections Counseling Center


Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go

A workshop for parents and teens

Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go is an educational workshop based on Emotionally Focused Family Therapy. EFFT was developed by Dr. Sue Johnson and her colleagues. The goal of EFFT is to build strong and cohesive families. Based on attachment theory, this workshop is designed specifically for parents and teens to help navigate the tricky adolescent years. The teen years often leave parents confused and frustrated as the family attempts to balance the adolescent's ongoing need for protection and guidance with the need to develop autonomy. This workshop teaches parents how to provide a secure base their child can launch from and a safe haven their child can return to.

A special thanks to Drs. Nancy and Paul Aikin for their exceptional dedication to developing this workshop, making EFFT accessible to parents and teens all over the world.


What is Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go?

  • Better understand secure family connections

  • Create a greater sense of trust between parents and teens

  • Strengthen the parenting alliance between caregivers

  • Better understand your own & family members emotional response and needs

  • Stop having the same arguments over & over

  • Learn how to slow down reactivity and see the bigger long-term picture

At our workshop, you will learn to:


-Engaging presentations, video demonstrations of other real life parents and teens, and the opportunity for private

 exercises and conversations between parents and their teen.

-A Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go workbook for both parents and teens full of information and exercises to guide practice and deepen your connection at home.

-Presenters are available for personal support and guidance as needed.

-Casual lunch on Saturday and snacks & drinks provided throughout the workshop

What does this two day workshop include?
Upcoming Workshops

Dates Pending

Workshop Fee: $495

Early Bird Registration: $470

(If registered by)

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Workshop Presenters

Amy Prieb, LMFT


Joshua Prieb

Keri Wallace, LMHC

-Amy and Josh have a combined family with 5 children of various ages, personalities and emotional needs. They have used the concepts of Hold Me Tight  for couples for years and have found the attention to what is going on under the surface of conflict, distance and distress to be invaluable in their marriage. As they have learned to utilize these concepts as a couple, it has trickled down to strengthening their relationships with their children. Amy and Josh are delighted to be bringing Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go to Restoring Connections as an option for parents who wish to deepen and enhance connection with their teen, all the while, navigating letting go as their teen moves into the adult world.

-Keri has a wealth of experience working with teens and families. Her experience includes working in long-term residential care for adolescents; counseling youth and families at Compass Health; running groups for: sexually abused youth, children with anger management struggles, and parent support and skill building groups.

Keri also worked long-term as a guardian ad litem. She made recommendations to the court regarding the best interest of children. She coordinated with youth, parents, service providers, schools and other professionals with the goal of reuniting families, or when necessary, finding supportive homes for the displaced child.

Facilitating a Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go workshop is a dream come true for Keri as she has long desired to work with families before relationships become impossible to navigate. Keri is excited to offer this educational workshop to teens and parents who wish to have strong family bonds, even as they navigate the time of life when the teen is separating from the family.

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