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Emotionally Focused Therapy with Sue Johnson, Ed.D.: On Target Couple Interventions in the Age of Attachment

Do you dread your couples therapy sessions?
Do you struggle with how to stem your distressed clients' anger and hostility?
Do you get tired of their emotional reactivity and lack of empathy?

Primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and best-selling author of, Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Dr. Sue Johnson, shows you how the EFT method illustrates the new science of love and bonding. Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) harnesses the new science of love and relationships into a structured, on-target, effective roadmap we can follow to take couples from disaster to safety and emotional connection. Not only will Dr. Johnson show you how EFT can heal relationships, but also how EFT can create relationships that heal.

Finally, we know why relationships matter so much, what goes wrong with them, and what's necessary for people to create secure, lasting bonds.

But you might be saying, "Sure, you can show me the studies proving that EFT works, BUT can you show me how to do it?"
The answer is...YES!

You will leave with your own blueprint for EFT that allows you, the therapist to be on target - to go to the heart of the matter and shape new interactions that redefine the security of the bond between partners and create an environment of healing and growth.


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Susan Johnson
5 Hours 54 Minutes
Audio and Video
27 Oct, 2014
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This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD.



Susan Johnson's Profile

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Susan Johnson, Ed.D., is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

Sue Johnson is founding director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy ( and distinguished research professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as professor emeritus, clinical psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Johnson has received a variety of awards acknowledging her development of EFT and her significant contribution to the field of couple and family therapy and adult attachment. Sue has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada. In 2016, she was named Psychologist of the Year by APA, and has been honored by AAMFT for her Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy.

As author of the best-selling book: Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson has created for the general public, a self-help version of her groundbreaking research about relationships – how to enhance them, how to repair them and how to keep them. This best seller has been adapted and developed into a relationship education and enhancement program.

Her most recent book, Love Sense, The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships outlines the new logical understanding of why and how we love – based on new scientific evidence and cutting-edge research. Explaining that romantic love is based on an attachment bond, Dr. Johnson shows how to develop our “love sense” – our ability to develop long-lasting relationships.

Dr. Johnson’s best known professional books include, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (2004) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).

Sue trains counselors in EFT worldwide and consults to the 50 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT. For more information about Sue and her mission, please visit her website at

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Susan Johnson receives compensation as a tenured professor for the University of Ottawa. She receives royalties as an author for Little Brown, ICEEFT, Brunner Routledge, and Guilford Press. Dr. Johnson receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Susan Johnson has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Program Information

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive) Access never expires for this product.

Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Therapists Addiction Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Case Managers, Nurses, Other Mental Health Professionals, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants


  1. Give examples of the laws of human bonding, how they operate in adult love relationships, and how these laws inform the clinician’s choices of treatment interventions.
  2. Identify the stages, steps and interventions of EFT and how they relate to case conceptualization.
  3. Account for the stuck places that perpetuate negative cycles and emotional disconnection in a client’s love relationships.
  4. Describe how to set up new bonding interactions among clients that redefine connection and change working models of attachment.
  5. Demonstrate how to adapt the model to different individuals to improve client engagement, including escalated, traumatized, and depressed partners.
  6. Review how the therapist’s style fits with the model or creates blocks in working with emotion and shaping new dances in the clinical setting.


The State of Couple Therapy and the New Science of Attachment

  • The map to basic relationship emotions and needs
  • Understanding and containing distance and distress
  • Shaping responsive bonding
  • Understanding love relationships - invaluable to the therapist
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) - the Structure, Moves and Interventions
  • The three stages of EFT
    1. De-escalation
    2. Restructuring Attachment
    3. Consolidation
  • Key change events
Experiential and Systemic Interventions
  • Reflection of emotional process
  • Validation
  • Evocative process questions
  • Deepening and distilling emotion
  • Interpretation - conjecture
  • Reflecting interactions - feedback loops
  • Reframing
  • Shaping enactments
  • Containing enactments that go awry
The Tasks of EFT - Outline, Video Viewing, and Exercises
  • The core tasks of EFT
  • Building an alliance
  • Reprocessing and distilling emotion
  • Choreographing new interactions
Dealing with Difficult and Attachment Injured Clients - Discussion and Exercises
  • Dysregulated, escalated, and shut down, dismissing clients
  • Attachment injuries (i.e. affairs) - Relationship traumas that destroy trust
  • A model for forgiveness and reconciliation
Discussion of the New Era of Couple Therapy
  • Growing into and applying the EFT model
  • Gaining confidence in EFT - Maximize effectiveness in your practice
  • Key changes and challenges in the field of couple therapy



Overall:      4.7

Total Reviews: 401


Cynthia C

"A great program, thanks for providing this in a webinar."

Caroline Z

"A wonderful model for what I have always instinctively tried to do....but now have a real framework and the words to use.. Thank you Sue Johnson"

Adam K

"Love EFT!! Thanks for the class."

Joanne K

"Well done."


"This was an excellent presentation and presenter who knows her theories and how to put them into practice. She put together the three studies of Rogerian, Bowlby and Minuchen along with a bit of Gottman into a well-thought out theory of attachment into the system dynamics using Rogerian, Gestalt, Systems and Gottman strategies. I learned a lot. This was a great workshop not like my last with Cathy Bisset which was really awful. I was hoping for another quality one from PESI. Thank you!!!"

Stacey S

"Awesome! great topic! would enjoy more classes with Dr Johnson on this topic."

Joseph T

"outstanding presentation that will enhance my ability to frame dynamics in proactive and solution oriented ways."

Anna D

"It was very good information, and I was very engaged due to Sue's delivery."

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