“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
QUARTZ 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 …
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?
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.
MacLean’s 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
Dr. Johnson discusses sensitive topics to avoid bringing up socially to keep trust in your relationship.
Redbook 8 Secrets Never to Keep in a Relationship By Cari Wira Dineen
Sue sheds light on how sharing past experiences can be a bonding experience.
PLOS ONE 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.
ZOOMER HOW DOES TRUE LOVE TURN INTO TRUE HATE? 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 ofEmotion
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
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) MarloThomas
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
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
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.
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 saysSue Johnson, a leading couples’ therapist and a Canadian with an international following.
MyNDTALK and Pacifica Radio
Interview with Pamela Brewer
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 NotHelp
By Susan Gilbert
April 19, 2005
Does marital therapy work? Not nearly as well as it should, researchers say.