Sue Johnson

Dr. Sue Johnson ( is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker, and a leading innovator in the field of psychotherapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 35 years of peer-reviewed clinical research, and received a variety of awards acknowledging her significant contributions to the field of psychology, including the Order of Canada and the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from Psychotherapy Networker.
“Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love” (2008), written for the general public, is a self-help version of her ground-breaking research – how to enhance relationships, how to repair them and how to keep them. This best seller has sold over one million copies worldwide and been developed into a relationship education program, with both having been translated into over 30 languages. This program has been adapted for therapists to facilitate with specific groups such as families with teens, families with adult children and couples facing cardiac disease, and also into an online version for couples (
Dr. Johnson’s best-known professional books include "Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families" (2019), "A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy" (2022) and "The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection" (3rd edition, 2020),
As founding director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), Sue trains counselors in EFT worldwide, providing guidance to over 90 affiliated organizations – visit for more information.