“Sue Johnson sees no contradiction in viewing love as biology and poetry, physiology and romance.  She emerges not only as a world authority on love’s repair, but also on its underlying, neural, physiological and psychological structure.”

James Coan, PHD,  University of Virginia


Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

As author of the best-selling book: Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson has 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.

Her most recent 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 Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy 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’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 35 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT.

She lives in Ottawa with her husband. She adores Gilbert and Sullivan, Monty Python, Argentine tango and kayaking on Canada’s northern lakes.

Recent Awards and Accolades

  • 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)


Featured Blogs Entries by Dr. Sue Johnson

Ten Tips for a Strong Vibrant Relationship

The Three Kinds of Sex

What You Need to Know About Love

Where Does Love Go Wrong?, or The Three Demon Dialogues That Can Wreck Your Relationship.