Contributed by Susan Johnson

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Point of View September 1, 2023

An Emotionally Focused Path to Healing Trauma

Accessing the Resource of Relationships

Sue Johnson, developer of EFT, argues that because we’re socially bonded beings, trauma is always about relationships—and relationships are key to healing... Read more

Join Dr. Sue Johnson, developer of Emotionally Focused-Individual Therapy (EFIT), along with Networker’s Anna Lock as they discuss everything EFIT. Read more

Going Virtual with Couples

From Skeptic to Believer

Online couples therapy can be tough, especially with a high-stakes case. The developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy dives into the deep end with a couple... Read more

Symposium Highlight July 29, 2020

VIDEO: The Dance of Healthy Connection

Sue Johnson on EFT and Attachment Theory

What does Attachment Theory tell us? That emotion is the most powerful force in the therapy room, says couples therapist Sue Johnson, developer of Emotionally... Read more

Symposium Highlight April 1, 2020

VIDEO: Attachment Theory in 9 Minutes

Sue Johnson Breaks Down the Core Tenets

Perhaps now more than ever, maintaining strong relationships is crucial to our emotional well-being. In this video clip from the 2020 Virtual Symposium, EFT... Read more

Symposium Highlight January 15, 2020

Couples therapist Susan Johnson explains how, by establishing a "secure base," to restore both an emotional and physical spark in a relationship. Read more

Symposium Highlight May 6, 2019

The Best Love Story Ever

Changing the Way We See Connection

Sue Johnson makes an impassioned case for the deeply healing power of intimate connection. Read more

VIDEO: Susan Johnson on the Power of Emotion in Couples Work

The Behavior Patterns That Kill Romance, and How to Beat Them

Susan Johnson explains how attachment science can help couples discover a pathway to optimal lovemaking. Read more

Symposium Highlight June 6, 2018

VIDEO: My First Client, My Greatest Teacher

Sue Johnson Shares a Story of Personal and Professional Transformation

In the following video from her 2018 Networker Symposium storytelling piece, couples and family therapist Sue Johnson shares a therapeutic moment that stands... Read more

Symposium Highlight May 9, 2018

My First Client, My Best Teacher

From an Evening of Storytelling 2018

A challenging client, who won't speak or swallow, teaches a therapist just starting out how to find her own voice. Read more

Symposium Highlight May 17, 2017

VIDEO: Susan Johnson on the Link Between Sex and Safety

How a "Secure Base" Promotes Sexual Exploration

What does it take to restore physical intimacy to a failing relationship? In this video clip, Susan Johnson, the originator of Emotionally Focused Couples... Read more

Symposium Highlight September 12, 2016

VIDEO: Susan Johnson on the Power of Emotion

The Secret Ingredient in Good Therapy

Emotion is the most important motivating force bringing clients to our offices in the first place. Nevertheless, therapists are often strangely queasy in the... Read more

VIDEO: Susan Johnson on Attachment Issues in the Bedroom

How to Help Couples Have "Hold Me Tight" Conversations

In a brief video, Susan explains how to create moments of emotional sharing so deep that they automatically translate into couples' lives. Read more

If you’re going to help a couple get closer and really learn to work harmoniously with one another, whether in bed or anywhere else, the key is helping... Read more

The Healing Power of Emotion

New Perspectives. New Approaches.

Emotion shapes and organizes our experience and connection to others. It readies us for specific actions and motivates us to change—research now confirms all... Read more

Point of View May 1, 2015

Brave New Couples

What Can Science Tell Us about the Changing Face of Couplehood Today?

Susan Johnson, developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, discusses what the science of love says about what couples can expect when they rebel too much... Read more

An Attachment-Based Approach with Couples

Harnessing Emotion in Couples Work

Sue Johnson discusses what couples need most in their relationship and how attachment-based therapy answers their deepest longing. Read more

Letting Emotion Out and In

Susan Johnson on the Value of Using Emotion in Couples Work

Susan shares the latest research that backs up the central principle of EFT Read more

How Attachment Issues Undermine True Intimacy

Sue Johnson On Identifying And Healing The Wounds Of Attachment

Sue Johnson shares how EFT helps couples get and stay closer. Read more

The Power of Emotion in Therapy

How to Harness this Great Motivator

Neuroscientists recently established emotion is the prime force shaping how we cope with life’s challenges. Psychotherapists are beginning to learn how to... Read more

Are You There for Me?

Understanding the Foundations of Couples Conflict

And yet, I wondered, if we didn't have a theory of adult love and emotion, how could we truly understand what marriage was all about, let alone help couples... Read more

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.