Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.
Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Dr. Johnson has received a variety of awards acknowledging her development of EFT and her significant contribution to the field of couple and family therapy and adult attachment. Sue was appointed in 2017 as a Member of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada. In 2016, she was named Psychologist of the Year by APA, and has been honored by AAMFT for her Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy.
As author of the best-selling book: Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson created for the general public, a self-help version of her groundbreaking research about relationships – how to enhance them, how to repair them and how to keep them. This best seller has been adapted and developed into a relationship education and enhancement program. This Hold Me Tight® program has been translated into numerous languages and also adapted for specific groups such as for couples facing heart disease, for families with teens, and for Christian couples, and is also offered in an online format.
Her book, Love Sense, The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships outlines the new logical understanding of why and how we love – based on new scientific evidence and cutting-edge research. Explaining that romantic love is based on an attachment bond, Dr. Johnson shows how to develop our “love sense” – our ability to develop long-lasting relationships.
Sue’s newest book, Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families, shows the promise of attachment science in terms of making sense of and repairing our most precious relationships and thriving as strong resilient individuals. Attachment science offers us the most potent model for therapeutic change, especially when dealing with anxiety and depression, and that, of all models of intervention, EFT most closely captures the essence of the attachment perspective. It targets the defining feature of survival-oriented human connection, namely strong emotion, and systematically shapes core bonding interactions with others.
Dr. Johnson’s best known professional books include, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (2004) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).
Sue trains counselors in EFT worldwide and consults to the 65 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT. She also consults to Veterans Affairs, the U.S. and Canadian military, and New York City Fire Department.
She lives in Victoria, BC, with her husband. She adores Argentine tango and kayaking on Canada’s northern lakes.
- 2016 Member of the Order of Canada
- 2016 Psychologist of the Year (APA, Division 43)
- 2013 Training Award, American Association of Marital & Family Therapy
- 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, Belgium Association for Couple and Family Therapy
- 2005 Award for Research in Family Therapy, American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA)
- 2003 Excellence in Education Award, University of Ottawa
- 2003 Fellow, American Psychological Association (Family Psychology)
- 2000 Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Marital and Family Therapy Award, American Association for Marital and Family Therapy
- 2000 YMCA Woman of Distinction Award – National Capital Region (Ottawa, Canada)
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