Why You'll Love This Course

Even if you're familiar with the EFT model, you may not know its history. In this friendly and wide-ranging interview, Sue Johnson brings her trademark warmth and wisdom to the story of how EFT came to be, how EFT addresses troubled relationships, and current attachment science -- including fascinating recent studies on the impact of simply having your partner present in times of distress.

Course Description

Attachment science is helping a wide variety of health care practitioners improve their outcomes. In this interview, Susan Johnson, PhD, discusses this body of research and how it contributes to her Emotionally Focused Therapy model. EFT is an empirically-supported method of treatment.

Topics include common responses to perceived rejection, benefits of secure attachment found in research, key principles of Emotionally Focused Therapy, dysfunctional couple patterns, repairing troubled relationships, and impacts of EFT training.

Audio format; 70 minutes

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the logic behind two common response patterns to perceived rejection.

  • Distinguish Emotionally Focused Therapy from other models of couple therapy based on key concepts and underlying philosophy.

  • Utilize emotion as the key organizing principle in couple relationships.


RJ Thomas, LMFT and John Webber, LMFT

R.J. Thomas and John Webber are both licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in private practice in the Los Angeles area. R.J. works with individuals, couples, and families from a systemic perspective. He is trained in Structural Family Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy. He also conducts family therapy trainings. John works from an existential-humanistic perspective and sees himself helping individuals, couples and families find meaning in their lives. He has been a guest lecturer at USC. RJ and John both share a history in media production and journalism. They co-host the Talking Therapy podcast.

This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. For more information, please see our Approvals page.