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Truth Telling in Couples Work

Susan JohnsonTerry RealSoA11-snipe-streamingTuesday, November 8

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Susan Johnson & Terry Real • Join Susan Johnson, one of the originators of Emotionally Focused Therapy, Terry Real, the founder of the Relational Life Institute, and Psychotherapy Networker Editor Rich Simon for an exploration of the contrasting styles of couples therapy.

Johnson will present an approach grounded in Attachment Theory, based on the idea that facilitating emotional expression and connection is the key to relationship change. Real will show how a more confrontational, “straight-talking” style maximizes therapists’ leverage and speeds the process of change. You can look forward to a lively exchange, highlighting contrasting therapeutic assumptions and methods that will expand your perspective on the possibilities of couples work.

Susan Johnson, Ed.D., professor of clinical psychology, is one of the originators of Emotionally Focused Therapy, as one of the most empirically validated approaches to couples work. She's the director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and the International Center for Excellence in EFT. Her latest book is Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love. Website:

Terry Real, L.I.C.S.W., a world recognized family therapist, is Good Morning, America’s relationship expert. He's the founder of the Relational Life Institute, dedicated to helping men and women reclaim wholeness and connection in their lives, and is the author of The New Rules of Marriage, the bestselling I Don't Want To Talk About It, and How Can I Get Through to You?