For Families with Teenagers.
Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go.
A Program for families when teenagers begin to search for their independance.
Over the past three years, over 100 families in Norway have had the benefit and pleasure of experiencing the Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go Program for families with teenagers, developed by Dr's Nancy and Paul Aikin on the basis of Dr. Sue Johnson's Hold Me Tight Program.
The Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go Program addresses the attachment fears and needs of families with teenagers in the process of separating themseves from their parents. This is a vulnerable phase for many families, and there has been little on offer in the way of support, compared to other age groups.
The Program involves parents and other caregivers attending a course over 4 sessions with some days in between. Participants come back each time with a more nuanced and articulated understanding of interaction in the home, can share with each other and feel acknowledged. We have found that this strengthens the parents experience of their own influence and importance in their teenager’s life. In addition, we talk with each teenager about his or her concerns, feelings and needs, meet with the parents individually and invite the whole family to participate in a structured dialogue to strengthen their understanding of each other and secure the bonds between them.
Here is a short film (12 min) about the Program, the way it has developed in Norway. Contact me by email or throught the contact page if you would like more information.