It’s a sad day in the world of Psychology – as we heard of the passing of Dr. Sue Johnson yesterday, April 23, 2024.

Dr. Johnson’s teachings influenced not only my work as a Registered Psychotherapist, but also my romantic relationship with my husband Aaron. Us, like most couples, struggled with attachment issues, connection issues, and communication issues. It was with her book, “Hold Me Tight”, and the lessons I learned from her directly in 2019 during trainings in Toronto, that I was able to repair, reconnect, and rebuild with my husband. And to eventually expand our family to include two beautiful children.




In the world of psychology and counselling, certain figures leave an indelible mark that shapes the landscape of therapeutic approaches for generations to come. Dr. Sue Johnson, the pioneering force behind Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), was undoubtedly one such luminary. With a heavy heart, we mourn the passing of Dr. Johnson while cherishing the profound impact she has had on the field and the countless lives she has touched.

Emotionally Focused Therapy, or EFT, revolutionized the way we understand and practice couples therapy. Dr. Johnson’s groundbreaking work emphasized the significance of attachment bonds in intimate relationships, highlighting how emotional closeness and security are fundamental to relational well-being. Through EFT, she provided therapists with a roadmap to help couples navigate conflict, deepen connection, and foster enduring bonds of love and trust.

At Real Life Counselling, we stand on the shoulders of giants like Dr. Sue Johnson, integrating the principles of EFT into our therapeutic approach. We recognize the power of emotions in shaping our interactions and the importance of creating safe, supportive spaces for individuals and couples to explore and heal.

As we reflect on Dr. Johnson’s legacy, let us not only mourn her passing but also celebrate her life’s work and the transformative ripple effects it continues to have. Her contributions to the field of psychology have left an everlasting imprint, inspiring countless practitioners to strive for excellence and compassion in their work.

In honor of Dr. Sue Johnson, we recommit ourselves to upholding the principles of EFT and carrying forward her legacy of healing, growth, and love. May her memory continue to inspire and guide us as we journey alongside our clients towards greater relational fulfillment and emotional well-being.