Perhaps now more than ever, maintaining strong relationships is crucial to our emotional well-being. And at the core of a strong relationship is strong, healthy attachment, says EFT originator Sue Johnson. Not only is this idea backed by science, but healthy attachment permeates all good relationships. 

In this clip from the 2020 Virtual Symposium, Sue explains the core tenets of attachment theory.

“Secure attachment allows partners to explore more freely in all areas of experience,” Sue writes in a recent Networker article. “Creating strong attachment, is like dancing. If you’re going to help a couple get closer and learn to really dance together, whether in bed or anywhere else,” she explains, “the key is helping partners experience bonding moments that open them to becoming emotionally accessible to each other.”

Susan Johnson

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 is the author of numerous books and articles including Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families (2019) The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (3rd edition, 2019) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).