Dr. Susan Johnson: Director of the Ottawa (Canada) Couple and Family Institute

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Sex, Love and Intimacy episode 80: Dr. Sue Johnson: Hold Me Tight

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Dr. Sue Johnson is one of the originators and the main proponent of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), now one of the best validated couples interventions in North America.

She is Professor of Clinical Psychology at The University of Ottawa, Director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute Inc. and the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1984. She is a registered psychologist in the province of Ontario, Canada, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy and the Journal of Family Psychology. She is a Research Professor in the Marital & Family Therapy Program at Alliant University in San Diego.

Her 2004 book (2nd Ed), The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Creating Connection (Brunner Rouledge) is the basic text on EFT for couples. She is the senior editor of the 2003 book Attachment Processes in Couples Therapy (Guilford Press) and the 1994 book The Heart of the Matter (Guilford Press). Her 2002 book on couples therapy with trauma surviours (Guilford Press) applies EFT to different kinds of trauma. Her most recent edited book is the EFT Workbook, Becoming an EFT Couples Therapist (2005 Brunner Routledge).

Sue consults to varied groups such as the U.S. Army Chaplins and the N.Y. Fire Department counsellors and is an invited member of the APA Division 43 Family Psychology Task Force on competence and standards in family therapy.

Sue is an Approved Supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and is internationally known for her workshops and presentations on practice, theory and research in couple therapy, adult attachment and emotion in psychotherapy. She maintains a private practice and lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her husband and two children.