Heralded by the New York Times and Time as the couples 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 touch points 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.
About the Author
Dr. Sue Johnson, a recipient of the Order of Canada, is an internationally recognized leader in the field of couple interventions. A clinical psychologist and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant International University in San Diego and a professor at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Johnson is the primary developer of emotionally focused therapy (EFT). Dr. Johnson is the author of five books and numerous articles, and she has trained thousands of therapists in North America and around the world. She lives in Ottawa, Canada.
Table of contents
PART ONE: A New Light on Love
Love — A Revolutionary New View
Where Did Our Love Go? Losing Connection
Emotional Responsiveness — The Key to a Lifetime of Love
PART TWO: Seven Transforming Conversations
Conversation 1: Recognizing the Demon Dialogues
Conversation 2: Finding the Raw Spots
Conversation 3: Revisiting a Rocky Moment
Conversation 4: Hold Me Tight — Engaging and Connecting
Conversation 5: Forgiving Injuries
Conversation 6: Bonding Through Sex and Touch
Conversation 7: Keeping Your Love Alive
PART THREE: The Power of Hold Me Tight
Healing Traumatic Wounds — The Power of Love
Ultimate Connection — Love as the Final Frontier