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Susan Johnson – Brave New Future for Love and Couplehood

Susan Johnson – Brave New Future for Love and Couplehood

Susan Johnson – Brave New Future for Love and Couplehood


Clinical psychologist and groundbreaking researcher Susan Johnson is the developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which focuses on uncovering and deepening attachment bonds to heal troubled relationships.

In 2016, Dr. Johnson was named Psychologist of the Year by the American Psychological Association, and received an award for outstanding research by the American Family Therapy Academy. She’s the author of The Love Secret, Hold Me Tight, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy, and numerous other books. Throughout her distinguished career, for which she received the Order of Canada, Johnson has established that it’s not an oxymoron to speak of the “science of love.”

In Brave New Future for Love and Couplehood recording, Dr. Johnson will discuss how in today’s world—where close, exclusive relationships are often framed as incidentals rather than essentials in people’s lives, and a commitment like marriage as a quaint, unnecessary custom—we have the power to shape our intimate relationships as couples in ways that lead to true, secure connection, even when the pathway there is dark and hidden.


  • Explore the threats to connected relationships and the solutions we can offer clients from attachment theory and science, so they can move from more avoidant relationships to secure bonding.
  • Demonstrate the significance of loving emotional connection on clinical efforts to improve healthy relationship interactions and the assess the implications of attachment on effective daily functioning.

Brave New Future for Love and Couplehood Outline

  • Societal Misunderstandings of Love
    • Love vs. Infatuation
    • Significance of relationship
    • Role of Attachment in Parenting Styles
  • Emotional Balance
    • Advantages of Healthy Attachment
    • Destructiveness of Loneliness
  • Elements in a Loving Bond
    • Accessibility
    • Responsiveness
    • Engagement
  • Healthy Dependence
    • Healthy Corrective Experiences
  • Relationship Fears
    • Missing Out
    • Unattainability
  • Role of Choice
    • An Existential Dilemma
    • Risk of Emotional Vulnerability
  • Emotional Map
    • Role of Fear on Emotional Responses
    • Rationality of Emotions
    • Necessity of Risk
  • Impact of Emotional Connection on the Brain
  • Video Case Study

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Behavioral Health Professionals

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