Created for Connection: Hold Me Tight® for Christian Couples (2 Saturdays)

Date(s) - April 13, 2024 - April 20, 2024
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

New Westminster Christian Reformed Church

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Created for Connection (Hold Me Tight® for Christian Couples)
Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

Are you looking to enrich a healthy relationship, revitalize a tired one, or rescue one gone awry? Do you yearn to grow closer to God, and to further incorporate Him and His teachings into your marriage? We all want a lifetime of love, support, and faith. But sometimes we need a little help.

In Created for Connection, you will be taught and will get to experience a groundbreaking and remarkably successful program for creating stronger, more secure relationships not only between partners, but between us and God. This workshop will have a Christian influence, yet we welcome people of all world-views.

  • Would you like to feel closer to your partner?
  • Are you tired of arguments that never get resolved?
  • Do you ever wonder what your partner really feels?
  • Do you sometimes have trouble expressing how you really feel to your partner?
  • Do you want to learn a positive approach to strengthening your relationship?

The Hold Me Tight® program has helped many couples strengthen bonds and enhance trust and communication. During this event, you and your partner will:

  • Learn about the science of love and attachment
  • Learn how to identify and correct negative cycles of couple interaction
  • Learn how to become more open and responsive with one another
  • Learn how to fix relational mistakes and create a secure base
  • Learn to bond through sex and touch
  • Develop your plan as a couple to keep your love alive

Each of the seven sessions in the workshop will include:

  • Teaching of the theory and practice of love and the conversation
  • Video clips of real couples having the conversation
  • Private couple exercises
  • Group discussion about the impact of the exercises
  • Consultation with an experienced couple’s therapist
  • Homework assignments

Take this chance to keep your love alive. You deserve it, your partner deserves it and your relationship deserves it.

Dates & Times:

  • Saturdays | April 13 & 20, 2024 | 9:00 to 6:00


The resgistration fee of $650 per couple includes your own copy of Created for Connection, written by Dr. Sue Johnson, with Kenneth Sanderfer.

Sue Johnson is the creator of the program and the founder of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Hold Me Tight® is a registered trademark to Sue Johnson.

Early Bird rates available.


Ian Verseveldt | Ph.D., R.Psych

Ian is the founder and former Director of the Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program (2009) and was an Associate Professor at ACTS of Trinity Western University until 2023 where he taught in the area of couple relationships, family function, and the emotional, ethical and skill development of the therapist. He had been teaching at Trinity Western University since 1995.

Ian has been working with individuals, couples and families since 1984. After extensive training and supervision, Ian now specializes in working with couples and families integrating the research and skills of Emotionally Focused (EFT), AEDP and InterFamily Systems. He is a CAMFT Approved Supervisor – Mentor, supervising students and clinicians in Canada and abroad. He is a regular invited speaker and supervisor in Latin America where he teaches Emotionally Focused Therapy, Ethical Issues in Professional Practice, and The Self of the Therapist among other topics.

Ian has been married for over 35 years and has 5 grown children. He likes to spend time in the wilderness; hiking, and kayaking.

Joshua Kruse | Ph.D., R.Psych.

Dr. Josh is a Registered Psychologist and served as a pastor for almost a decade. He has a passion and calling for coming alongside people to support and guide them in healing and hope. Dr. Josh is the creator of the Preparing for Marriage course and the Marriage Course at Village Church which have helped many couples over the years. He sees the power in a united couple under God and he loves supporting and guiding couples in taking big steps in their relationship.

After graduating with his PhD, Dr. Josh was a professor at Trinity Western University in the psychology department, before shifting into full time pastoral ministry at Village Church. He has since moved into full time counselling at Dr. Josh Kruse & Associates, and enjoys teaching and speaking engagements.

His pride and joy are his family as he’s married to Rachael and they have 4 kids who are 21, 20, 15, and 13. When Dr. Josh and Rachael aren’t taking long walks on the beach and gazing into each other’s eyes…, they enjoy doing family activities like cooking competitions, watching shows together, and spending time at the lake.

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