FAP and Psychodynamic Therapies

  • Irwin S. Rosenfarb


The purpose of this chapter is to present a brief overview of current psychodynamic therapies and to show how these therapies may be understood within a Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP, Kohlenberg & Tsai , 1991; Tsai et al., 2008) framework. As readers of this chapter are no doubt aware, FAP is a bit of an anomaly within the current therapeutic landscape. On the one hand, FAP is derived from radical behavioral epistemology. On the other hand, FAP is more similar clinically to psychodynamic approaches than to traditional behavioral therapies. Thus, FAP occupies a unique therapeutic space in that it is able to bridge both behavioral and psychodynamic worlds (see Kohlenberg & Tsai , 1991, Chapter 7). A clearer understanding, therefore, of current psychodynamic therapies may help FAP therapists become more effective in their clinical work.


Personality Disorder Therapeutic Relationship Borderline Personality Disorder Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Client Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International UniversitySan DiegoUSA

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