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A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)

Cultivating Fitness and Growth in Every Client

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)
Susan Johnson, EdD |  Leanne Campbell, PhD
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Sep 29, 2021
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From best-selling author, Susan M. Johnson, with over 1 million books sold worldwide!

This essential text from the leading authority on Emotionally Focused Therapy, Susan M. Johnson, and colleague, T. Leanne Campbell, apply the key interventions of EFT to work with individuals, providing an overview and clinical guide to treating clients with depression, anxiety, and traumatic stress.

Designed for therapists at all levels of expertise, Johnson and Campbell focus on introducing clinicians to EFIT interventions, techniques, and change processes in a highly accessible and practical format. The book begins by summarizing attachment theory and science – the theoretical basis of this model – together with the experiential approach to change in psychotherapy. Chapters describe the three stages of EFIT, macro-interventions, such as the EFIT Tango, and various micro-interventions through clinical exercises, case studies, and transcripts to demonstrate this model in practice with individuals, highlighting the unique benefits of EFT as a cross-modality approach for treating emotional disorders. With exercises interwoven throughout the text, this book is built to accompany in-person and online training, helping the practicing clinician offer targeted and empirically tested interventions that not only alleviate symptoms of distress but expand the client’s emotional balance, agency, and sense of self.

As the next major extension of the EFT approach, this book will appeal to therapists already working with couples and families as well as those just beginning their professional journey. Psychotherapists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, and mental health workers will also find this book invaluable



Susan Johnson, EdD's Profile

Susan Johnson, EdD Related seminars and products

Dr. Sue Johnson was an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue was the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

The founding director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), Dr. Johnson authored numerous books and articles including Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families (2019), The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (3rd edition, 2019), and A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) (2021).

Sue trained behavioral health providers in EFT worldwide and consulted to the over 75 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT, including Veterans Affairs and the US and Canadian militaries. She was a Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, a Professor, Clinical Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and a Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Sue Johnson had employment relationships with University of British Columbia, Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group, Alliant International, University Ottawa, Couple and Family Institute, and the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She received royalties as a published author. Dr. Johnson received a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She had no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Sue Johnson served on the editorial board for the American Journal of Family Therapy (AJFT) and the journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research & Practice.

Leanne Campbell, PhD's Profile

Leanne Campbell, PhD Related seminars and products

Dr. Leanne Campbell, is a Registered Psychologist, a co-founder and managing partner of Campbell & Fairweather Psychology group, and an ICEEFT (International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy) Certified Trainer. In addition to providing psychological services to hundreds of individuals, couples, and families over the past three decades, Dr. Campbell provides trainings in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) to professionals around the globe with a primary focus in the areas of grief and trauma. Most recently, she co-authored with Dr. Sue Johnson the first individually focused EFT book, A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT): Cultivating Growth and Fitness in Every Client (Routledge, 2022).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: T. Leanne Campbell maintains a private practice and receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: T. Leanne Campbell is a board member International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.


"When the age-old internal battle between reason and emotion rages endlessly as it does in our patients seeking therapy, with emotion often winning, it only makes sense that the focus of therapy should be on emotion. Now two internationally acclaimed experts in the treatment of emotional dysfunction and its attachment theory underpinnings, Drs. Sue Johnson and Leanne Campbell, show how the successful emotionally focused approach that works so well with couples, has now been adapted to working with individuals. Every clinician will want to have this well-written and entertaining primer on Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy on their bookshelf." David H. Barlow, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry Emeritus Founder, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University


"Sue Johnson and Leanne Campbell have written a wonderful primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT). This book is everything one looks for in a primer; it is concise and well written, providing the clear conceptual base for this therapy as well as pragmatic directions about what to do in session. The methods described build on Sue’s landmark widely disseminated evidence-based therapy for couples, bringing the insights from that work to individual therapy. Johnson and Campbell’s methods are a model of how to work with attachment and emotion in individual therapy. It is almost certain that EFIT will soon occupy a central place in individual therapy, just as EFCT has become the most widely practiced couple therapy. This is certainly a book that should be read by every individual therapist and therapist in training." Jay Lebow, Ph.D., Senior Scholar and Clinical Professor; Editor, Family Process The Family Institute at Northwestern and Northwestern University, Evanston, IL


"…the new EFIT book, which I think is very good and quite important:


This wonderful, inspiring book shares over 35 years of clinical experience in applying Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to instill life-altering positive change in individual clients. The authors do a beautiful job describing what Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) is, how and why it works, and what makes it such an effective new form of therapy. This is required reading for therapists as well as those interested in improving the mental and emotional well-being of others." Jeffry Simpson, Ph.D., Distinguished University Teaching Professor; Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota

"In this sequel to Sue Johnson’s seminal book on EFT, the authors convey, both an academic and a visceral sense about the theory and practice of this innovative emotionally focused approach to the healing of deep developmental wounds. In their dynamic approach, therapists are lead, at each-step, how to safely open their clients to their emotional wounds, and to increase their capacity for self-reflection and authentic relationships. Without any doubt, this is a most important resource for all therapists wishing to do depth work with their clients." Peter A Levine, author of In an Unspoken Voice, and Trauma and Memory, Brain and Body in the Search for the Living Past

"The emotional and clinical wisdom shown in the therapeutic dialogues will lift up and empower any therapist with an experiential bent. We have a lot to learn how best to use the science of attachment in psychotherapy, but you could not do better than to start here." Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., Foundation Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno; Originator of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


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