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The Science and Art of Couple Therapy: Creating Secure Bonds

The Department of Family Studies held a one‐day workshop on Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) by world‐renowned couple therapist Professor Sue Johnson. It was held at the Aula Magna, Valletta Campus, University of Malta on 13 November 2012.

EFT offers a unique perspective on how to use the power of emotion and the new science of adult attachment to create significant, lasting change in couple relationships. EFT demonstrates excellent outcomes with many different kinds of couples, including those facing trauma and depression.

The workshop combined cutting edge theory, research and clinical data into a 21st century vision of couple therapy by means of didactic presentations, discussion of clinical issues, viewing of video clips from training DVD’s and experiential exercises offered for play and practice. The workshop was well-attended by academics, family therapists, and students from the areas of family therapy, psychology and counselling.

Click here to view the photo gallery. Photo gallery credit: Ms Elisa von Brockdorff.  

About Professor Sue Johnson



Sue Johnson is a clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, author, popular presenter and speaker and one of the leading innovators in the field of couple therapy. She presents and writes on attachment and bonding, the science of love, interventions to repair relationships, trauma couples and forgiveness.

Sue holds professorships at the University of Ottawa in Canada and at Alliant University in San Diego, California. She is one of the originators and the main proponent of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), a powerful, tested intervention to help couples repair rifts and build strong loving bonds. She is also the Director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) which has numerous affiliated Centres and Communities in North America and Europe.  

Sue received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1984. Her professional books are considered to be among the leading texts on couples therapy and she serves on the board of many professional journals. Her 2008 book - Hold Me Tight , Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, written for the general public, outlines her last 25 years of research and the new science of adult bonding. This book is the basis for a program for post-deployment military couples created for the U.S. military and a relationship education program, Hold Me Tight: Conversations for Connection.  

She has received numerous honors for her work, including the Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Research in Family Therapy Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. She is an invited Fellow of the American Psychological Association and her work has been noted and elaborated upon in publications such as The New York Times ( an article on her program for the US military), the Washington Post, USA Today, and the Globe and Mail, More and Psychology Today magazines.


Last Updated: 4 November 2014

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