Perhaps now more than ever, maintaining strong relationships is crucial to our emotional well-being. And at the core of a strong relationship is strong, healthy attachment, says EFT originator Sue Johnson. Not only is this idea backed by science, but healthy attachment permeates all good relationships. 

In this clip from the 2020 Virtual Symposium, Sue explains the core tenets of attachment theory.

“Secure attachment allows partners to explore more freely in all areas of experience,” Sue writes in a recent Networker article. “Creating strong attachment, is like dancing. If you’re going to help a couple get closer and learn to really dance together, whether in bed or anywhere else,” she explains, “the key is helping partners experience bonding moments that open them to becoming emotionally accessible to each other.”

Susan Johnson

Dr. Sue Johnson was the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in more than 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research. Her books include Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families (2019) The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (3rd edition, 2019) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002). Read our tribute to Sue and learn more about her legacy on her website.