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The Detriment of Running from Emotions

Embrace Emotions; Don’t Avoided Them, Says Susan Johnson


As a graduate student, Susan Johnson observed a couples therapist whose solution to working with clients when they became emotional was to send them out of the room until they had calmed down.

She thought this just didn’t make sense and her curiosity about the power of emotion led her development of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

Here, Susan talks about the power of using EFT with couples:

This clip is taken from our popular Webcast Series–The Healing Power of Emotion: New Perspectives, New Approaches. The series features Susan Johnson, Joan Klagsbrun, Jay Efran, Rick Hanson, Ron Potter-Efron, and Diana Fosha–clinical innovators who will help you master a variety of new approaches and methods to transform your work with your most challenging cases. Learn more about this very limited time re-release.

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3 Responses to The Detriment of Running from Emotions

  1. John J. Castro says:

    I am deeply interested in learning about your therapy with facing, recognizing (emotional literacy or IQ),understanding your emotions. I feel ways we may avoid are emotions are by anger, projection, blame (the other person, as the cause of our anger)…we may feel shame over our emotions.

    I hope that I will be able to afford your lessons, as I am going through a horrific (super recession) in my life-I can’t even begin to list all the “kitchen sinks” life has thrown at me.

    Thank you.

    John J. Castro

  2. Sue is an excellent writer and teacher as well as therapist. Her skills can nbe acquired from her books, webinars, and through facing one’s own feelings in their full intensity. She is a kindred spirit and fine mentor.

  3. Christian Hanifan says:

    I’m sick of hearing about how Sue Johnson ‘came up with’ EFT. The fact is she was Leslie Greenberg’s student while he was developing the modality and she became the co-creator (at best). She then hijacked the modality and anointed herself the queen. Then again, I’m biased because I like Greenberg’s approach better. Thank you for allowing me to vent.

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