Functional Analytic Psychotherapy

Creating Intense and Curative Therapeutic Relationships

  • Robert J. Kohlenberg
  • Mavis Tsai

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Robert J. Kohlenberg, Mavis Tsai
    Pages 1-15
  3. Robert J. Kohlenberg, Mavis Tsai
    Pages 17-45
  4. Robert J. Kohlenberg, Mavis Tsai
    Pages 47-68
  5. Robert J. Kohlenberg, Mavis Tsai
    Pages 69-96
  6. Robert J. Kohlenberg, Mavis Tsai
    Pages 97-123
  7. Robert J. Kohlenberg, Mavis Tsai
    Pages 125-168
  8. Robert J. Kohlenberg, Mavis Tsai
    Pages 169-188
  9. Robert J. Kohlenberg, Mavis Tsai
    Pages 189-207
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 209-217

About this book


As cognitive behavior therapy becomes increasingly integrated, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) remains a rich therapeutic method. FAP synthesizes aspects of psychodynamic and object relations therapy with traditional CBT methods, and author/ practitioners Robert Kohlenberg and Mavis Tsai originally created this book to be more than a simple how-to manual. Rather it is a powerful framework for clinicians seeking to rethink their approach to the therapeutic relationship. Now in paperback, this classic work is more relevant than ever.

The book begins with the theory behind the therapy (including its roots in B. F. Skinner’s behavior-analytic work in the 1970s), explaining why clients’ unique needs may extend beyond well-mapped routes to change. From there, the authors present the clinical principles of FAP and their uses in treating diffuse, resistant problems. Case illustrations model the therapeutic dyad, show FAP techniques in action, and offer crucial caveats.

  • The ground rules: how, and why, FAP works.
  • Recognizing clinically relevant verbal behaviors.
  • The role of the self in personality disorders.
  • New roles for cognitions and beliefs in therapy.
  • Memories and emotions: what they can and can’t do to promote change.
  • How FAP fills the niche between psychodynamic and behavioral therapy.
  • Key issues in ethics, research, and supervision.

For the clinical psychologist interested in revitalizing practice, minimizing impasses, and treating clients on a deeper emotional level, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy brings fresh insights to the many worlds within and outside the clinical setting. Graduate students, especially, will find this text a valuable window onto traditional behavioral approaches to therapy.


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy B. F. Skinner CBT Evaluation Manual Radical Behaviorism Supervision Therapie Verbal Behavior behavior clinically relevant behavior emotion psychoanalysis psychotherapy therapy

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert J. Kohlenberg
    • 1
  • Mavis Tsai
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Private PracticeSeattleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-70854-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-70855-3
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