The New Science of Romantic Love: What You Understand Can Be Shaped 2

The New Science of Romantic Love: What You Understand Can Be Shaped

This presentation will outline the theory and practice of Emotionally Focused Pair Therapy (EFT), a proven powerful approach not only to change conflict and restore satisfaction, but also to form strong lasting relationships between partners. The presentation will offer an overview of love as a bond of affection and the EFT model of intervention, a model that is now the gold standard in empirical pairing. Topics to be addressed include dealing with cases, forgiveness, escalating couples and accompanying mental health problems.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this lecture, participants will be able to:

• Outline the basic principles of attachment and the experiential change model used in EFT

• Describe major changes in EFTs and how they form secure bonds

• Identify the key points of shutdown, injury and repair


Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular speaker and a leading innovator in dual therapy. Dr. Johnson is the premier developer of Emotionally Focused Pair Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its efficacy in more than 25 years of clinical-proven clinical trials.

As the author of the best-selling book Hold Me Tight, Seven Lives of a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson has created for the general public a self-help version of her groundbreaking relationship research – how to improve them, how to fix them, and how to keep them safe . Her latest book, Love Sense, The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relations, outlines a new understanding of why and how we love, based on the latest scientific evidence and avant-garde research. Explaining that romantic love is based on a bond of affection, Dr. Johnson shows us how to develop our "love feeling" – your ability to develop long-lasting relationships.

Dr. Johnson's best-known professional books include "Practicing Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating a Relationship and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors.

Dr. Johnson is the founder of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, an Outstanding Researcher at Allian University in San Diego, CA and a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She trains EFT advisers worldwide and consults with 35 international institutes and related centers that practice EFT.

Dr. Johnson lives in Ottawa with her husband. She adores Gilbert and Sullivan, Monty Python, Argentine Tango and Kayaking in Canada's Northern Lakes. For more information on Dr. Johnson, her training, appearances, books, and videos, please visit