Dr. Sue Johnson, Honorary Colorado Center Trainer

The Colorado Center for EFT honors Dr. Sue Johnson and her seminal work, along with all our EFT colleagues around the world.  Jim is grateful to Sue for her mentoring during his EFT certification and training studies.

Dr. Sue Johnson is a clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, author, popular presenter and speaker and one of the leading innovators in the field of couples therapy. She presents and writes on attachment and bonding, the science of love, interventions to repair relationships, trauma couples and forgiveness.

Sue holds professorships at the University of Ottawa in Canada and at Alliant University in San Diego, California. She is one of the originators and the main proponent of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy ( EFT). She is also the Director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy ( ICEEFT) which has numerous affiliated centres and communities in North America and Europe.

Sue received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1984. Her professional books are considered to be among the leading texts on couples therapy and she serves on the board of many professional journals.  Among them is the basic text for therapists learning EFT; The Practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy: Creating Connection.   Her 2008 book; Hold Me Tight , Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, written for the general public, outlines her last 25 years of research and the new science of adult bonding. This book is the basis for a program for post-deployment military couples created for the U.S. military and a relationship education program, Hold Me Tight: Conversations for Connection.

Dr. Sue has received numerous honors for her work, including the Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and for the Research in Family Therapy Award from the American Family Therapy Academy.  She is an invited Fellow of the American Psychological Association and her work has been noted and elaborated upon in publications such as The New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Globe, Mail, More and Psychology Today. Sue has an active media presence; her favorite radio interview to date was her conversation about love on CBC’s Ideas in November, 2009.  Her favorite TV spot was on the CBC talk show Stephen and Chris.

“Science from all fields is telling us very clearly that we are not only social animals, but animals that need a special kind of close connection with others, and we deny this need at our peril.”  – Sue Johnson, from Hold Me Tight 

Sue’s passions are her family, her work, and the Argentinian Tango.


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