Drawing on cutting-edge research on adult attachment-and providing an innovative roadmap for clinical practice-Susan M. Johnson argues that psychotherapy is most effective when it focuses on the healing power of emotional connection. The primary developer of emotionally focused therapy (EFT) for couples, Johnson now extends her attachment-based approach to individuals and families. The volume shows how EFT aligns perfectly with attachment theory as it provides proven techniques for treating anxiety, depression, and relationship problems. Each modality (individual, couple, and family therapy) is covered in paired chapters that respectively introduce key concepts and present an in-depth case example. Special features include instructive end-of-chapter exercises and reflection questions.
Dr. Sue Johnson 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 (ICEEFT) and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, and Professor, Clinical Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada, 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 was appointed in 2017 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 created for the general public, a self-help version of her ground-breaking research on 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. This Hold Me Tight® program has been translated into numerous languages with workshops taking place around the world. The program has been adapted for specific groups such as for couples facing heart disease, for families with teens, and for Christian couples, and is also offered in an online format. Her 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.
Sue’s newest book, Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families, shows the promise of attachment science in terms of making sense of and repairing our most precious relationships and thriving as strong resilient individuals. Attachment science offers us the most potent model for therapeutic change, especially when dealing with anxiety and depression, and that, of all models of intervention, EFT most closely captures the essence of the attachment perspective. It targets the defining feature of survival-oriented human connection, namely strong emotion, and systematically shapes core bonding interactions with others.
Dr. Johnson’s best-known professional books include, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (3rd edition, 2019) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).
Sue trains counselors in EFT worldwide and consults to the over 75 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT. She also consults to Veterans Affairs and the U.S. and Canadian militaries.
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.
"A lucid treatise on psychotherapy that will prove useful to students as well as experienced practitioners. Drawing deftly from the wisdom of such pioneers as John Bowlby, Carl Rogers, and Harry Stack Sullivan--and from significant empirical research in emotional and interpersonal phenomena--Johnson has written an outstanding work that will have an impact on our field for a great many years."--Irvin Yalom, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Stanford University
"This book is a magnum opus that finally gives therapists a practical and very readable guide to using EFT principles across psychotherapy modalities. Johnson has made a valuable contribution that can guide the therapist toward a theoretically integrated and powerful method of doing therapy with a wide variety of clinical cases. A 'must read.'"--John M. Gottman, PhD, The Gottman Institute, Seattle, Washington
"In this wise and fascinating book, Johnson combines her deep knowledge of attachment theory and research, her well-researched approach to therapy, and her many years of clinical and teaching experience to demonstrate how best to conceptualize and conduct successful, life-changing therapy with individuals, couples, and families. The book is true to the scientific literature, skillful in comparing EFT to other therapeutic approaches, beautifully written, and rich with engaging, moving case examples. It will captivate clinical professionals, graduate students, and anyone who wants to understand the central role of emotions and close relationships in all our lives."---Phillip R. Shaver, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of California, Davis
"Johnson, one of the world's leading psychotherapists, has drilled down through research and years of clinical practice to describe the growing consensus on the crucial role of emotion regulation and interpersonal processes in psychotherapy, using attachment theory as a theoretical guide. Every therapist and therapist-in-training should be aware of this important perspective on what they do."--David H. Barlow, PhD, ABPP, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University
"Moving beyond the frame in which she is best known--as a foremost couple therapist--Johnson expands her focus to explore the central role of attachment in human functioning and how a focus on attachment can promote successful psychotherapy. Johnson’s impeccable scholarship and extraordinary clinical acumen are evident throughout this marvelously written book. Filled with compelling and instructive case studies, this surely will become the go-to book about the practice of attachment-informed psychotherapy. It also immediately becomes the best source for learning about the application of EFT across individual, couple, and family therapy. The culmination of a lifetime of writing, presenting, and practice focused on emotion and attachment, this book should be read by every clinician and every student of psychotherapy."--Jay L. Lebow, PhD, ABPP, LMFT, Senior Scholar and Clinical Professor, The Family Institute at Northwestern University
"An excellent, most refreshing addition to the field. With wit, insight, and intellectual brawn, Johnson unpacks the key elements of attachment theory, shows how they have informed the development and elaboration of the groundbreaking EFT approach, and reveals the healing power of EFT in different therapeutic contexts. There are nuggets of brilliance and wisdom in every chapter."--Jeffry A. Simpson, PhD, Distinguished University Teaching Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota
"This powerful, well-argued book shows how the cacophony of the 'protocols for syndromes' era of evidence-based care can be managed by a broad theory that addresses not just the development of disorders but also how people function. Long an advocate for the centrality of emotion in psychotherapy, Johnson crafts a convincing case for the clinical usefulness of attachment theory and the benefits of EFT in addressing the difficulties that attachment problems can create. This book should be on the shelf of any clinician wanting to explore how well-validated models of functioning can enhance clinical science and practice. Highly recommended."--Steven C. Hayes, PhD, Foundation Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno
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