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.
"A much needed message to all couples and therapists and I recommend it to all."
—Harville Hendrix, Ph. D., author of Getting the Love You Want and Receiving Love
"An honest, no-holds-barred approach. By creating complete emotional safety and by willing to be fearless about it, it seems to me, not only can real love be kept alive, it can flourish."—Boston Globe
"At last, a road map through Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with its creator. Dr. Johnson's superb science, humor, and clinical wisdom are finally accessible to all of us. I couldn't pick a smarter, warmer, and more real guide for this journey."
—John Gottman, Ph.D., author of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
"A truly revolutionary, breakthrough book... the most important, valuable book for couples published in the 21st century." —Barry McCarthy, Ph.D., author of Getting It Right the First Time
"Sue Johnson [is] the most original contributor to couples therapy to come along in the last 30 years...An instant classic."—William J. Doherty, Ph.D., author of Take Back Your Marriage