“Underneath all the distress, partners are asking each other:  Can I count on you?  Are you there for me?  Will you respond to me when I need, when I call? Do I matter to you? Am I valued and accepted by you? Do you need me, rely on me?”

Dr. Sue Johnson


The Science Behind Happy Relationships
June 26, 2018
Science says the secret to happy relationships comes down to a few key factors.

Scientific American Mind
Deciphering the Language of Love
July 2017
Attachment science is helping couples master communication and connection—and getting through conflict.



National Post
Cardiac program targets marital woes that can exacerbate health problems
July 6, 2017
Healing Hearts Together is an educational program based on the groundbreaking work of Ottawa psychologist Sue Johnson, who says marital …
TIME Special Edition: The Science of Relationships
The Power of Love
August 2016
Science is revealing vital secrets about romance. Turns out, we truly need each other.



Conversations with Alanis Morissette
Podcast Episode 7: Conversation with Dr. Sue Johnson
May 4, 2016
In this podcast Alanis talks with Sue Johnson about bonding, attachment and adult romantic relationships.



Mind Body Green
The Essential Ingredient Your Relationship May Be Missing
Dr Sue Johnson
April 10, 2016
Going silent is a defense mechanism often used when relationships go off track. But, in fact, this shutdown—this silence—usually makes things worse.




CBC: Ontario Today
When talking just makes it worse
April 6, 2016
Season 2016, Episode 300245123
You want to hash things out with your partner. But the conversation always spirals into what Sue Johnson calls demon dialogues. The author of Love Sense on what to do when talking gets you nowhere.



Mind Body Green
How To Keep Your Relationship Together (Even When It’s Falling Apart)
Dr Sue Johnson
March 31, 2016
Maybe what we call “true love” isn’t for the fairy tales and romance novels or just for the …



The Ottawa Citizen
Sue Johnson: To help returning soldiers, support their families
By Sue Johnson

November 13, 2015
It is not news that many soldiers have chosen to die rather than to struggle through the constant battle that is post-traumatic stress disorder. This may be horrifying, but it is not news. It is common knowledge that, in the last 40 years, more Vietnam vets have died by their own hand than ever died fighting that war.



The Sun
Ashley Madison turns loneliness into a cash cow
Dr. Sue Johnson
July 25, 2015
The commodity sites such as Ashley Madison are peddling is a con.
The New York Times
First Comes Sex Talk With These Renegades of Couples Therapy
By Amy Sohn
July 1, 2015
Offering the radical notion that couples should fix issues in the bedroom before tackling other concerns like communication.



The Ackerman Institute
Attachment with Dr. Sue Johnson
July 1, 2015
Dr. Sue Johnson stops by to discuss attachment.



Canadian Living
How to have better relationships with siblings
By Kate Rae
May 2015
Relationships with our siblings are likely the longest connections we’ll experience. Wouldn’t it be nice if they were positive ones? Read on for strategies on how to forge a closer bond with your kin.



Social Work Today
Emotionally Focused Therapy With Couples — The Social Work Connection
By Lynn K. Jones, DSW
May/June 2015
Social workers are finding emotionally focused therapy to be a good fit with a strengths-based perspective.



Psychotherapy Networker
Point of View
Ryan Howes
May/June 2015
Brave New Couples: What can science tell us about the changing face of couplehood today?
The National Post
Preserve & Protect
By Ben Kaplan
February 2015
To avoid drowning in marital discord, Ben Kaplan seeks insight in the most logical place he can think of — the marriage of a marriage counsellor.



The Only Way To Revive Passion In Your Relationship
Dr. Sue Johnson
Most of us attempt to rekindle passion in our relationships on the wrong level — on the surface.



Reader’s Digest
The Surprising Science Of Soulmates
By Matthew Hague
February 2015
How to navigate the line between love and fantasy.



Psychologies China Logo
Relationship review: How emotionally naked did you get?
by Sarah Abell
Psychologies columnist and coach Sarah Abell invites you to discover the latest questions to ask yourselves as a couple, to ensure a flourishing relationship in 2015



Insight / Cap Radio
Dr. Sue Johnson To Speak In Sacramento
By Beth Ruyak
January 15, 2015
Marriage is tough, which is why Dr. Sue Johnson developed Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to help couples work through their issues in a productive, science-based approach. She has a reputation for innovating in the field of couples therapy, and thousands of therapists have trained under her methods.



The #1 Way To Build A Stronger Connection With Your Partner
Dr. Sue Johnson
December 29, 2014
If it’s health and happiness we’re after, we would be better off deciding to improve the quality of our most intimate relationship.
New York Times
Blame the Princess
by Abby Ellin
November 21, 2014
Chasing the Fairy-Tale Wedding



Steven & Chris (CBC)
Season 8 Episode 26
October 27, 2014
Common relationship mistakes you didn’t know you were making.




TVO: The Agenda
The Science of Love
August 22, 2014
Author Sue Johnson says that love is by no means illogical or random, but a recipe for survival. She sits down for a feature interview on the science behind love and relationships, as detailed in her new book, “Love Sense: The Revolutionary Science of Romantic Relationships.”


CTV News
The Science of Love
August 19, 2014
Leanne Cusack speaks with psychologist, Dr. Sue Johnson about the new science of love. (2 Parts)




How To Make Love Last In The Age Of Instant Gratification
Dr. Sue Johnson
Can love last forever through the ups and downs of life? Couples therapist Dr. Sue Johnson explains what it really takes to make a relationship work.

Huff Post Live – The Third Metric
How We Can Understand Love Through Science
June 24, 2014
We like to think love is serendipitous and all about the fairy tale. But in her book “Love Sense,” Dr. Sue Johnson shares the science that shows love is not illogical or random. She joins us to discuss.




The Case for Monogamy
By Dr. Sue Johnson
May 18, 2014
Monogamy is getting a bad rap these days. Monogamy is more and more portrayed as a …



abc news-logo
ABC News
Specialized treatment for military families: San Diego clinic of the only 12 in the country
May 5, 2014
SAN DIEGO – Two veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan as Marines and struggled when they came home are now changing lives.



Chicago Tribune
New study links marital stress to depression
By Heidi Stevens
To the surprise of no one who’s lived under the cloud of marital strife, new research shows chronic stress in your marriage can make you more vulnerable to depression.



Psychology Today
The Power of Authenticity
By John Amodeo
April 8, 2014
A Path Toward Deeper Intimacy



Psychologies China Logo
Life Lab Experiment: Love
By Sarah Abell
April 8, 2014
An invitation to improve your love life with small change and to keep the passion alive long-term.



Basic RGB
Context with Lorna Dueck
Fit for Fidelity
Episode 1323
April 4, 2014
With extramarital affairs making news- and an explosion of new ‘cheating’ websites- we pose the question: are humans fit for fidelity? Meet an author who argues that- despite the trends- humans are actually hard-wired for monogamy.



Glamour (UK)
Dear Google
By Gemma Askham
Issue 157, April 2014
Dr. Johnson shares her expertise on top-ranked questions about sex, and the sexes.



Mind Body Green
How To Deal When Your Partner Is Cold & Has No Empathy
By Dr. Sue Johnson
March 30, 2014
As humans, it’s in our nature to empathize. All the evidence is that we are not cut-throat, survival-of-the-fittest evolutionary competitors, we are actually bonding animals who are naturally cooperative and empathic.
The Huffington Post
Gwyneth and Chris — Another Celebrity Split — But What Does It Mean?
By Dr. Sue Johnson
March 28, 2014
The good news is that, celebrity or not, you can now understand the way love works; and, what you understand, you can shape.
The Huffington Post
What I Wish I Could Tell Hannah Horvath About Sex
By Dr. Sue Johnson
March 25, 2014
Sex without emotion is like a dance without music. All the raunchy moves and costumes won’t make up for the silence.



The Good Men Project
5 Little-known Secrets Couples Need to Know About the Science of Love
By Jed Diamond PH.D
March 19, 2014
Jed Diamond had trouble in relationships, until he learned that love isn’t a mystery. Now he’s happily married for 33 years.



10 Reasons we Love Love
By Keira Peikoff
March 15, 2014
Research shows being in love is good for your health, and can even make you less sensitive to pain.



First for Women
Marriage SOS: Breaking Free from an Isolating Cycle
By Dr. Sue Johnson
March 31, 2014
The human brain is wired for bonding, Dr. Sue Johnson, author of Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships and founder of talk therapy known as Emotionally Focused Therapy.




Chicago Tribune
Attachment theory connects just as well for married couple
By Heidi Stevens
March 9, 2014
Sue Johnson is launching a marriage revolution. Her timing couldn’t be better. Marriage rates are the lowest in a century, according to the National Center for …



Global News
Dr. Sue Johnson
March 5, 2014
Dr. Sue Johnson is a clincial psychologist and the author of Hold Me Tight. In her new book, Love Sense: The revolutionary new science of romantic relationships, she insists love is not magic or random but something that makes exquisite sense.



Should You Have Rebound Sex?
By Zahra Barnes
February 25, 2014
Newly single? Rebound sex (with someone other than your former S.O.) can be tempting— but it can also be risky. Answer these three questions before bedding a brand new mate.



The Star Ledger
‘I do’ re-do? Celebs aren’t the only ones to remarry ex-spouses
By Janelle Griffith
February 14, 2014
Experts say this isn’t a phenomenon only among the famous.


CTV Ottawa
The Science of Romantic Relationships
February 10, 2014
Leanne Cusack speaks with psychologist, Dr. Sue Johnson about keeping your love alive and emotionally focused. (2 Parts)




Dr. Oz The Good Life Magazine
Please Excuse My Spouse!
By Amy Spencer
February 2014
What’s behind your guy’s clueless social slip-ups, and how a little perspective-and humor-can help you deal.




The one surprising thing that can make every marriage work: logic
By Sue Johnson
Marriage may be on the rise in the US but that doesn’t mean we’re getting any better at relationships. Now research shows that love may be …


How Gadgets Ruin Relationships and Corrupt Emotions
By Sue Johnson
February 14, 2014
This is about more than an issue of gadget etiquette or a lack of consideration … engagement needed for any kind of meaningful relationship.


By Judy Gerstel
February 13, 2014
When it comes to relationships that last, forget the L word. Much more meaningful are the A, B and C words: Attachment, Bonding, Connection.




New York Times Sunday Book Review
Love in the Time of Neuroscience
Sue Johnson’s ‘Love Sense’
By Helen Fisher
February 7, 2014
Sue Johnson introduces a new approach in couples counseling called Emotionally Focused Therapy.




The Tribune
Dropping the ‘L’ Bomb
By Heidi Stevens
February 5, 2014
Three little words can make one big impact: Are you sure it’s time?

Toronto Star
With ‘Divorceuary’ almost behind us, here’s how to stay married another year
By Judith Timson
January 29, 2014
Marriage confers so many societal benefits that it’s paradoxical we now have the highest ever percentage of single-person households.


Mind, Body, Green
5 Ways To Ruin A Perfectly Good Relationship
By Dr, Sue Johnson
January 24, 2014
Before we gained love sense, it was hard to offer an incisive explanation for how love fails. Theories that concentrate on bad behavior and lack of communication skills focus on the symptoms of couple distress rather than the root cause: the overwhelming fear of being emotionally abandoned, set adrift in the sea of life without safe harbor.




Steven & Chris (CBC)
Season 7 Episode 72
January 22, 2014
Dr. Sue Johnson with tips on enjoying better relationships.





Ontario Today (CBC)
Can couples piece it back together?
January 15, 2014
Author and psychologist Sue Johnson says, yes. In her new book Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships Johnson says, love is not magic or random. She argues that love makes exquisite sense. If it’s at that make-or-break stage, it can be fixed.




Canada AM (CTV)
The power of monogamy
January 15, 2014
Dr. Sue Johnson, a clinical psychologist discusses the science behind a long-lasting relationship.




The Times (UK)
The chemical that keeps us faithful
By Dr. Sue Johnson
January 13 2014
Still have that loving feeling after all these years? You can thank the molecule of monogamy, says Dr Sue Johnson.




The Wall Street Journal
A Look at the Science Behind Romance
By Laura Landro
January 13, 2014
Adult romantic love is an “attachment bond” just like the one between mother and child, but one that can be securely cemented without the genetic link.




How marriage can save your life
By Kate Lunau
January 9, 2014
New research shows getting married and staying married may be the best thing you can do for a longer, healthier life.




Mind Body Green
14 Ways To Create The Best Relationship Of Your Life
By Dr. Sue Johnson
January 2, 2014
After 30 years of working with couples and researching how people repaired their relationships, I suddenly realized that we had really reached a pivotal moment; all our studies, stories, and the science had come together, and we were in the midst of a revolution—a new way of truly understanding romantic love. Finally we can grasp the laws of love—and they make sense!




Woman’s Day
10 Surprising Things Never to Share About Your Husband
By Kelly Stoddard
January 2014
Dr. Johnson discusses sensitive topics to avoid bringing up socially to keep trust in your relationship.




8 Secrets Never to Keep in a Relationship
By Cari Wira Dineen
January 2014
Sue sheds light on how sharing past experiences can be a bonding experience.



The Globe and Mail
The power of monogamy: 10 surprising claims regarding modern love
By Zosia Bielski
December 26, 2013
Psychologist Dr. Sue Johnson argues that North Americans need an overhaul in the way we think about love.




Soothing the Threatened Brain: Leveraging Contact Comfort with Emotionally Focused Therapy
Johnson et al.
November 20, 2013
A landmark study that shows that we can now effectively help couples, not just understand their relationship a little better or fight a little less, but create the secure loving bonds that soothe our brain.


By Judy Gerstel
December 5th, 2013
Dr. Johnson talks about anxiety in bonding situations.




The Huffington Post
Spiritual Sex: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe
By Linda E. Salvage
May 22, 2013
Our culture does not recognize that feeling safe is a crucial ingredient to really good sex. In fact, with the porn model of sex, which is the prevailing way men (and women who want to please them) learn about sexual practices, the opposite is assumed: that good sex is risky…




The Huffington Post
Love Relationships Are a Pocket of Peace
By Suna Senman
April 8, 2013
An intimate relationship is a true home, as reflected in the famous expression, “Home is where the heart is.” While romantic relationships can span the spectrum — from the shallow trysts played out by Samantha in Sex and the City and James Bond in the 007 series, to the noble…




Psychotherapy Network #203
The Power of Emotion
With Susan Johnson and Kathryn Rheem
March 2013
For a field so focused on dealing with the emotional life, it’s ironic that many psychotherapists try to bypass or contain emotion, rather than actively use it for change. In this engaging and dynamic Symposium Workshop Susan Johnson and Kathryn Rheem present a more skilled approach to working with clients’ difficult emotions.




Dr. Drew On Call
Podcast #015
Dr. Lisa Palmer-Olsen and Dr. Sue Johnson
By Dr. Drew Pinsky
February 14, 2013




The Huffington Post
How to Overcome Neediness
By Dr. Craig Malkin
November 15, 2012
When all is said and done, the key to overcoming neediness is to respect your needs for connection instead of fearing them. When you do, the chaos of…




Mondays With Marlo (The Huffington Post)
Marlo Thomas
Marlo Thomas interviews Dr. Johnson and explores a variety of topics in the realm of relationships, including finding true love, how to communicate better and how to have a better sex life.




National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM) webinar series on Trauma
How Trauma Affects Intimate Relationships
with Dr. Sue Johnson
May 2012




Canadian Living
5 secrets of a successful, happy marriage
By Doris Montanera
February 2012 Issue
Does your partnership have what it takes to stand the test of time? Find no-nonesense tips from real couples and relationship experts to make your union last.




Canadian Living
10 secrets of a successful marriage
By Julie Beun-Chown
January 2012
Want to know the secrets of a successful marriage? Check out our tips on how to get more “for better” than “for worse.”




PBS’s This Emotional Life
Secure Attachment Webinar
with Dr. Sue Johnson
June 09, 2011
In this webinar, Dr. Sue Johnson discusses why attachment is not relegated to babies and children but affects all of us through our life span. Why early attachment stories play out in our marriages and partnerships and how we can earn security long after childhood.




Unfaithful  – Oprah Winfrey Network
Living with Lies
June 6, 2011/June 13, 2011 (Canada)
Sue comments on one of her cases and a therapy session with a couple healing their relationship after an affair, drawing out key points about infidelity and relationship repair.



dailymailThe Daily Mail (UK)
Why it’s good to be clingy: Thought being too dependent on your love was bad for your relationship? Think again…
By Flic Everett
April 13, 2011
Flic Everett and her husband put couples therapist Dr Sue Johnson’s theories to the test.




The Ottawa Citizen
The Science of Love
By Julie Beun
January 15, 2011
Sue Johnson is conducting a marriage counselling study for Ottawa couples using fMRIs to monitor how the brain responds.




The Ottawa Citizen
The Ministry of Happy Marriages
By Joanne Laucius
September 11, 2010
Fragmenting relationships are bad for the couple, for children and for society. Ottawa psychologist Dr. Sue Johnson says Canada should create a national strategy to bolster the unholy state of matrimony.




The Globe and Mail
Honey, we’re due for an argument: The sweet spot of squabbling
By Zosia Bielski
July 22, 2010 (Last updated August 23 2012)
Fighting with a partner doesn’t have to be nasty. Done well, it can even be good for a relationship, experts contend.




Ideas (CBC National Radio)
Hold Me Tight
Interview with Richard Handler
February 12, 2010 (repeated in 2011)
The independent, autonomous self is lionized in our culture. But recognizing the hold that attachment has on us, is the secret of lasting relationships. So says Sue Johnson, a leading couples’ therapist and a Canadian with an international following.




MyNDTALK and Pacifica Radio
Interview with Pamela Brewer
February, 2009
Dr. Sue Johnson discusses adult attachment and relationships.




Psychology Today
Hold Me Tight
By Sue Johnson
January 01, 2009 – last reviewed on July 07, 2012
Love demands the reassurance of touch. Most fights are really protests over emotional disconnection. Underneath the distress, partners are desperate to know: Are you there for me?




The New York Times
After War, Love Can Be a Battlefield
By Leslie Kaufman
April 6, 2008
The Army hosts a retreat to help soldiers heal emotional scars and work out problems with spouses. This extensive article shows the strong bonds, strong couples weekend retreat designed by Dr. Johnson for the US Military Chaplains Office.




The New York Times
Married With Problems? Therapy May Not Help
By Susan Gilbert
April 19, 2005
Does marital therapy work? Not nearly as well as it should, researchers say.