What’s FAP

FAP (Functional Analytic Psychotherapy) belongs to a group of therapies that are define third-generation behavior therapies (or third-wave behavior therapies). Therapeutic relationship is the focus of the therapy, and the three basic principles on which it is based are: love, courage and awareness (ACL Model). Thanks to functional analysis used in session, client and therapist learn to observe functional behaviors and discriminate them from those dysfunctional.

Robert Kohlenberg

Clinic, Ph.D., ABPP

He is a professor of psychology at the University of Washington where he was the Director of Clinical Training from 1997 – 2004. The WA State Psychological Association honored him with a Distinguished Psychology Award in 1999. He has presented “Master Clinician” and “World Round” sessions at the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy and has published papers on migraine, cure OCD, depression, intimacy of the therapeutic relationship, and a FAP approach to understanding the self. He has presented FAP workshops both in the US and internationally. He has received research grants for FAP treatment development, and his current interests are identifying the elements of effective psychotherapy, the integration of psychotherapies, and the treatment of co-morbidity. He and Dr. Tsai are co-authors of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy: A guide for creating intense and curative therapeutic relationships. New York: Plenum. (1991).

Mavis Tsai

Clinic, Ph.D.

She is a psychologist in independent practice and a clinical instructor at the University of Washington where she is involved in supervision and research. The list of publications and presentations by Dr. Tsai indicates the breadth of her expertise and includes work on healing PTSD interpersonal trauma with FAP, disorders of the self, power issues in marital therapy, incorporating Eastern wisdom into psychotherapy, racism and minority groups, teaching kids to be peace activists, and women’s empowerment via reclaiming purpose and passion. She has led numerous workshops nationally and internationally and is known for her engaging interpersonal style as well as her behaviorally informed multi-modal approach to healing and growth that integrates mind, body, emotions, and spirit.

Functional Contextualism permits to evoke and reinforce “clinical relavant behaviors”in the therapeutic context, considering all different skills involved, including emotional and expressive, that arise between client and therapist. For this reason FAP by using functional analysis, permits you to reach during the session a very intense and deep therapeutic relationship, rarely considered by other therapeutic approaches. Session after session client and therapist build together that sacred space where change can happen.