Susan M. Johnson Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Susan M. Johnson

International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy

Susan M. Johnson, Ed.D., is the leading developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (or EFT). She is a Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Distinguished Research Professor in the Marital and Family Therapy Program at Alliant University in San Diego, and Director of the International Centre for Excellence in EFT (


Dr. Sue Johnson is a leading innovator in the fields of couple therapy and adult attachment. She 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’s received numerous awards acknowledging her development of EFT, including the APA’s “Family Psychologist of the Year” in 2016 and the Order of Canada in 2017.

Her best-selling book Hold Me Tight (2008) has taught countless couples how to enhance and repair their love relationships. The book since has been developed into a relationship enhancement program, Hold Me Tight Online. Her newest book for clinicians, Attachment Theory in Action (2019), delineates the promise of attachment science for understanding and repairing relationships.

As the founding director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), Sue trains counselors in EFT worldwide and provides guidance to 65 affiliated centers. She consults for the U.S. and Canadian militaries, and is a popular presenter and speaker for the general public. You can find out more about Sue and her work at


Featured Title
 Featured Title - The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy - 1st Edition book cover