Susan Johnson is one of the people credited with developing emotionally focused therapy. She serves as director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is also the Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa and Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California.
Susan Johnson and Emotionally Focused Therapy
Emotionally focused therapy is one of the best known interventions for distressed couples in North America. Susan Johnson was one of the main originators of this treatment intervention and her contributions helped it to become a widely accepted practice.
Susan Johnson offers a variety of workshops to counselors on emotionally focused therapy. She also maintains a private practice in Canada, in addition to authoring several books on the subject.
Awards Susan Johnson has Won
Susan Johnson has won many awards for her contributions to relationship therapy. Among them are the Oustanding Contribution to the Field and Couple and the Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She has also won awards for excellence in research from the American Family Therapy Academy.
Publications by Susan Johnson
Susan Johnson has written a variety of books on the subjects of attachment and relationships. In 2004, Susan Johnson produced a foundational text on emotionally focused therapy, called The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Creating Connection.
Susan Johnson is perhaps most well-known for her book Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love. The book has led to a DVD series which is meant to be used in a group format over the course of eight weekends to help couples improve their relationships through the use of emotionally focused therapy.