In this podcast, we interview Dr. Sue Johnson, who is a leader in the field of relationships and couple therapy and is the primary founder of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, which is used as an approach to working with couples throughout the world. She calls herself an attachment theorist and researcher and she helps people learn how to have relationships that heal.

Dr Johnson has conducted innovative and cutting-edge research with couples and different populations and discovered many interesting things about the science of love and romantic relationships.

In this interview she discusses

  • How she developed her passion for relationships and helping couples
  • How her new book Love Sense evolved out of her best-seller Hold Me Tight
  • How she was influenced by the work of John Bowlby and his attachment theory
  • What the research is telling us about love and why and how we love
  • Current thinking on adult bonding and attachment theory
  • What’s changed in the field of couples therapy in the last 15 years

Resources and links mentioned in this podcast

About Dr Johnson:

Dr Sue JohnsonDr Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and one of the leading innovators in the field of couple therapy.  Individuals, couples and practising therapists all turn to Sue for her insight and guidance.

She is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.
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.

Her most recent book, Love Sense, The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships outlines a 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.
Sue Johnson is the founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and a Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

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).
She trains therapists in EFT worldwide and consults with Veterans Affairs, the U.S. and Canadian military and New York City Fire Department. Read more at her website at

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