Center For Education Psychology Instructor

Dr. Sue Johnson

Dr. Sue Johnson is a leading innovator in the fields of couple therapy and adult attachment. She 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’s received numerous awards acknowledging her development of EFT, including the APA’s Family Psychologist of the Year, Psychotherapy Networker’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Order of Canada. Her best-selling book Hold Me Tight (2008) has taught countless couples how to enhance and repair their love relationships. The book has since been developed into an interactive relationship enhancement program, Hold Me Tight Online. Both book and program have been translated into numerous languages, with the program also being adapted for specific groups such as for families with teens and for couples facing cardiac disease. Her newest books for clinicians, A Primer in Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy — EFIT (2021) and Attachment Theory in Practice (2019), delineates the promise of attachment science for understanding and repairing relationships for both couples and individuals, and her seminal text, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy — Creating Connection (3rd edition, 2019), is now in its third edition. As the founding director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), Sue trains counselors in EFT worldwide and provides guidance to over 80 affiliated centers. She consults for the U.S. and Canadian militaries and is a popular presenter and speaker for the general public. You can find out more about Sue and her work at and

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