Heralded by the New York Times and Time magazine as the couple therapy with the highest rate of success, Emotionally Focused Therapy works because it views the love relationship as an attachment bond.

 This idea, once controversial, is now supported by science, and has become widely popular among therapists around the world.

In Hold me Tight, Dr. Sue Johnson presents Emotionally Focused Therapy to the general public for the first time. 

Johnson teaches that the way to save and enrich a relationship is to reestablish safe emotional connection and preserve the attachment bond.

With this in mind, she focuses on key moments in a relationship-from Recognizing the Demon Dialogue to Revisiting a Rocky Moment-and uses them as touchpoints for seven healing conversations.

Through case studies from her practice, illuminating advice, and practical exercises, couples will learn how to nurture their relationships and ensure a lifetime of love.

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Sue Johnson

Johnson earned a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Hull in 1968, and an Ed.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1984.

She currently holds the title of Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Along with Les Greenberg, Johnson developed emotionally focused couples and family therapy (EFT), a psychotherapeutic approach for couples based on attachment theory.

She founded the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, which offers training in EFT to mental health professionals. Johnson has authored a number of books for therapists (including EFT treatment manuals) and for general audiences.

In 2016, Johnson was named Family Psychologist of the Year by the American Psychological Association’s Society for Couple and Family Psychology. In 2017, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.

“In insecure relationships, we disguise our vulnerabilities so our partner never really sees us.”

 “Being the “best you can be” is really only possible when you are deeply connected to another. Splendid isolation is for planets, not people.”

“The most functional way to regulate difficult emotions in love relationships is to share them.”

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