Susan (Sue) Johnson EdD. The founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy or EFT. She is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, research Professor in the Marital & Family Therapy Program at Alliant University in San Diego, director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute Inc.
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.
Sue Johnson has received a variety of awards particularly acknowledging her development of Emotionally Focused Therapy and her significant contribution to the field of couple therapy. She has received numerous honors for her work, including the Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
She has published numerous books, chapters and articles in the field of relationships and therapy. Her most recent book is written for the general public and is entitled "Hold Me Tight - Seven Conversations for a Lifetime fo Love".
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). Her 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 counselors in EFT worldwide and consults to Veterans Affairs, the U.S. and Canadian military and New York City Fire Department. She has been called by her colleagues the best couple therapist in the world.