Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

Living Edition
| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Johnson, Susan

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_793-1


In 2016, Dr. Sue Johnson was appointed to the Order of Canada – Canada’s highest civilian honor – for more than three decades of work helping couples and families enhance and repair their relationships. She was awarded the Family Psychologist of the Year award by the Society for Couple and Family Psychology, of the American Psychological Association (APA), in the same year. Johnson is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and families, an innovative model which has changed the field of couple therapy and relationship repair. She expanded the original formulation of EFT to become the first couple therapy based on a scientific understanding of the bonds of adult love, that is, on the growing science of adult attachment.

Johnson’s groundbreaking contributions to the field of couple and family therapy span the domains of research, theory development, clinical practice and training, and psychoeducation. Her accomplishments placed her among the...


Emotionally Focused Therapy American Family Therapy Academy Relationship Education Programs Sensual Love Back Cover Endorsement 
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Key Citations

  1. Johnson, S. M. (2002). Emotionally focused couple therapy with trauma survivors: Strengthening attachment bonds. New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar
  2. Johnson, S. M. (2004). The practice of emotionally focused couple therapy: Creating connection (2nd ed.). New York: Brunner /Routledge.Google Scholar
  3. Johnson, S. M. (2009). Hold me tight® relationship education program: Conversations for connection—A facilitator's guide to small groups. Ottawa: ICEEFT.Google Scholar
  4. Johnson, S. M. (2013). Love sense: The revolutionary new science of romantic relationships. New York: Little Brown.Google Scholar
  5. Johnson, S. M., Burgess Moser, M., Beckes, L., Smith, A., Dalgleish, T., Halchuk, R., et al. (2013). Soothing the threatened brain: Leveraging contact comfort with emotionally focused therapy. PLoS One, 8(11), e79314.  https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0079314.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  6. Wiebe, S. A., & Johnson, S. M. (2016). A review of the research in emotionally focused therapy for couples. Family Process, 55(3), 390–407.  https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12229.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of North CarolinaGreensboroUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kelley Quirk
    • 1
  • Adam R. Fisher
    • 2
  1. 1.Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA