Couples Therapy

Professor Susan Johnson’s Emotion Focused Therapy approach is at the core of my work with clients who are experiencing relationship difficulties. EFT is a structured approach to relationship work which has been developed alongside neuroscience studies on adult attachment and bonding, over the last 25 years.

The EFT model is used with families, couples and individuals and is now an established, evidence-based approach. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements when they work with an EFT trained therapist.

Strengths of Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • EFT is based on clear, explicit conceptualizations of marital distress and adult love. These conceptualizations are supported by empirical research on the nature of marital distress and adult attachment.
  • EFT is collaborative and respectful of clients combining experiential Rogerian techniques with structural systemic interventions.
  • Change strategies and interventions are specified.
  • Key moves and moments in the change process have been mapped into nine steps and three change events.
  • EFT has been validated by over 20 years of empirical research. There is also research on the change processes and predictors of success.
  • EFT has been applied to many differing kinds of problems and populations.

Sue Johnson has written 2 books for the general public on loving relationships, “Hold Me Tight” and “Love Sense”. Both are available on Amazon.


“We owe you a huge debt of gratitude for helping us to save our marriage. Your knowledge and use of EFT for discernment counselling, and ultimately for us, couples counselling, gave us the feeling of both being heard and understood during a tough time in our marriage. You were incredibly flexible during our sessions…we are grateful for that and very much respect your professional values of focussing on the client. Your empathy and sensitivity to both of us made us feel safe and accepted, which hugely helped us feel empowered to talk about how we were really feeling. Also, your perseverance with EFT techniques have transformed our communication style! This has given us a platform for a much happier, more honest and clearly communicated marriage. Thank you so much, for being the light guiding us through a particularly dark and horrible tunnel in our marriage.”