FAP and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT): Similarities, Divergence, and Integration

  • Barbara S. Kohlenberg
  • Glenn M. Callaghan


When our clients seek psychotherapy, it is usually because they are suffering and want to feel better. They often wish for more in life … more love or more satisfying love, better relationships, a sense of meaning and values, and deeper understandings and connections to what is held dear. In short, clients want a better connection with both their own intrapersonal experiences and their experiences with others. Therapists are in the privileged position of hearing the story of a client’s suffering and longings, and in so hearing, to offer help. We believe it is common across all therapists and psychotherapies to want our clients to feel at the end of therapy that it was important and meaningful, and as a measure of successful treatment, that their lives are better with respect to strategies for working toward their needs and values.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Therapeutic Relationship Human Suffering Relevant Behavior Behavioral Principle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of Nevada School of MedicineRenoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologySan Jose State UniversitySan JoseUSA

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