Want to decrease conflict in your marriage?

ST. GEORGE – Spend two days learning and connecting in the Hold Me Tight Marriage Workshop and learn how to breathe new life into your marriage on Feb. 21-22 at Alliant Counseling & Education in St. George.

This workshop is built around Dr. Sue Johnson’s bestselling book, Hold Me Tight, which teaches couples how to go beyond learning a few communication skills, and teaches couples how to rebuild the bond that brought them together. Her approach, called Emotionally Focused Therapy, has been scientifically proven as the most effective marital therapy with success rates of over 75 percent.

“Couples don’t argue because they aren’t compatible or see things differently,” said Geoff Steurer, licensed marriage and family therapist and founder of Alliant Counseling and Education. “They argue because they lose their connection to each other and become distressed that they won’t be heard, seen, or understood by their partner – the most important person to them.”

Most couples don’t need to go through marriage counseling to strengthen their connection to one another, Steurer said. Attending this two-day marriage workshop will give couples access to research-based information and professionals to help them strengthen their most important relationship, he said.

In this workshop, couples will learn how to understand each other’s emotions, reach toward each other, respond in more positive ways, and leave with the tools to keep their relationship strong.

“Marriage is a secure bond between two people who need each other with the same force that a child needs their parent,” Steurer said. “This isn’t immaturity. This is the way we’re wired for our safety and survival. Even though we outgrow our need for security and safety from our parents, we don’t outgrow the need for security and safety. We just transfer that need to a romantic partner.”

The reason couples struggle, fight, and eventually lose each other isn’t because they’re incompatible, poor communicators, or just fall out of love mysteriously.  They lose their secure bond with each other, Steurer said.

Event details and contact information

  • When: Friday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Where: Alliant Counseling & Education, 393 E. Riverside Drive Suite 3A, St. George
  • Cost: $500 per couple
  • Registration: Online on the Hold Me Tight Marriage Workshop website
  • Contact: Geoff Steurer | Telephone: 435-652-4366


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  • Amanda February 8, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    This would be great to go to. We haven’t had an argument or fight since 2012 but I still wish I could fit the $500 in our budget… 🙁

  • Bub February 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    woah! 500 bucks… hmm

  • jen February 8, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I was ready to sign up but $500?! Half that would have been doable.

  • Brian February 8, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    If my wife & I had a spare 500 bucks right now, we probably wouldn’t argue in the 1st place.

  • Dana February 8, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    For less than $500, a couple could spend a nice quiet evening dining at a first class restaurant. They could also spend a night at a fancy hotel. Or, they could spend it on each other. In any event, $500 for a stranger to tell you what to do in your marriage is ridiculous.

  • Bub February 8, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I can imagine that on top of the 500, they’re going to try and sell self-help books and video lectures. That’s the direction these things usually go.

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