Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Hold Me Tight Enrichment Program

  • Stephanie A. WiebeEmail author
  • Sue M. Johnson
  • Nikki Kennedy
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_366

Name of the Model

Hold Me Tight Enrichment Program (HMT)


Hold Me Tight Relationship Enrichment Program; HMT


The Hold Me Tight Relationship Enrichment Program (HMT; Johnson 2010) was developed to provide a relationship education program for couples that focusses on emotion in the relationship and the attachment bond. According to attachment theory, the ability to respond to one another emotionally underlies a secure attachment bond, which is strongly associated with relationship satisfaction (Simpson 1990; Mondor et al. 2011). The HMT program (Johnson 2010) is modeled after the Hold Me Tight book, a book written for the general public (Johnson 2008).

Prominent Associated Figures

Sue Johnson developed the Hold Me Tight Enrichment Program based on the evidence-based approach to couple therapy, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT; Johnson et al. 1999; Wiebe and Johnson 2016), and the popular book for couples, Hold Me Tight (Johnson 2008), in order to disseminate...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephanie A. Wiebe
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sue M. Johnson
    • 2
  • Nikki Kennedy
    • 3
  1. 1.The Ottawa Hospital, The University of Ottawa, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused TherapyOttawaCanada
  2. 2.The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, The University of OttawaOttawaCanada
  3. 3.The University of Ottawa, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused TherapyOttawaCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Heather Pederson
    • 1
  1. 1.Council for RelationshipsPhiladelphiaUSA