Heralded by the New York Times and Time Magazine as the couple therapy with the highest rate of success, Emotionally Focused Therapy works because it views the love relationship as an attachment bond. This idea, once controversial, is now supported by science, and has become widely popular among therapists around the world. In Hold Me Tight, Dr. Sue Johnson presents Emotionally Focused Therapy to the general public for the first time. Johnson teaches that the way to save and enrich a relationship is to reestablish safe emotional connection and preserve the attachment bond. With this in mind, she focuses on key moments in a relationship-from Recognizing the Demon Dialogue to Revisiting a Rocky Moment-and uses them as touchpoints for seven healing conversations. Through case studies from her practice, illuminating advice, and practical exercises, couples will learn how to nurture their relationships and ensure a lifetime of love.
bestselling author of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work and coauthor of And Baby Makes Three John Gottman, PhD: “At last, a road map through Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with its creator. Dr. Johnson’s superb science, humor, and clinical wisdom are finally accessible to all of us. I couldn’t pick a smarter, warmer, and more real guide for this journey.”
author of Getting It Right the First Time Barry McCarthy, PhD: “A truly revolutionary, breakthrough book… the most important, valuable book for couples published in the 21st century.”
author of Take Back Your Marriage William J. Doherty, PhD: “Sue Johnson [is] the most original contributor to couples therapy to come along in the last 30 years. This book will touch your heart, stimulate your mind, and give you practical strategies for improving your marriage. It will be an instant classic.”
author of Parenting from the Inside Out Daniel J. Siegel, MD: “Wonderful! . . . Hold Me Tight blends the best in research findings with practical suggestions from a caring and compassionate clinician. This fabulous book will be of great benefit . . . to couples trying to find their way to better communication and deeper, more fulfilling ways of being with each other. Bravo!”
About the Author
Dr. Sue Johnson is a clinical psychologist, the creator of EFT, and a recognized leader in the new science of close relationships. A therapist, academic, teacher, and researcher, she has also written and lectured extensively. She is quoted regularly in the press, including the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and USA Today. She has authored four professional books on EFT and has trained thousands of EFT therapists in North America.