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Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Made Simple

Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Made Simple
A Practical Guide to Therapeutic Relationships




The New Harbinger Made Simple Series

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ISBN: 9781626253513
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About the Book

Cowritten with the founders of functional analytic psychotherapy, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Made Simple offers a practical, behavioral treatment approach focused on client interpersonal relationships and the therapeutic relationship.
Functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) is a research-based treatment for mental health disorders and has been shown to enhance the quality of interpersonal relationships. If you’re a therapist, how you relate to your clients can have a profound impact on treatment outcomes. This book integrates the latest research on the importance of the therapist-client relationship with the new science of social connection into a user-friendly, flexible clinical framework.
In this book, you’ll find an introduction to the conceptual foundations and clinical practice of FAP, with an emphasis on practical clinical scenarios and personal reflection. You’ll learn the theoretical basis of FAP in contextual behavioral science and how to apply functional analysis—the core assessment method of behavior therapy—to the therapeutic relationship. You’ll learn to understand the therapeutic relationship and social connection in terms of the Awareness, Courage, and Love model. You’ll also learn how to balance authenticity and compassion with strategy and case conceptualization to make your therapeutic relationships more compassionate, flexible, and effective. And finally, you’ll discover how to apply principles to effectively cope with challenging moments in the therapeutic relationships—such as how to address ineffective behavior happening in the therapy interaction from the first moment of therapy, what to do when therapy does not seem to be progressing, and how to end therapy well. 
No matter your treatment background, this book will provide invaluable strategies for adopting functional analytic psychotherapy in your practice, enhancing relationships with your clients, and improving overall treatment outcomes.


Gareth Holman (Author)
Gareth Holman, PhD, is a Seattle-based psychologist and consultant. Holman is partner at OpenTeam—a consulting firm that helps business and leadership teams communicate openly and cooperate effectively towards their purpose. His private practice... Read more

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Jonathan W. Kanter, PhD, received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Washington in 2002, and then moved to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he spent several years collaborating closely with members of the Black,... Read more

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Mavis Tsai (Author)
Mavis Tsai, PhD, is cofounder of FAP, and director of the FAP Specialty Clinic at the University of Washington. Tsai has an international following as a trainer, consultant, and clinician.

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Robert Kohlenberg, PhD, is cofounder of FAP and professor of psychology at the University of Washington.

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Steven C. Hayes (Foreword by)
Steven C. Hayes, PhD, is Nevada Foundation Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has been president of numerous professional organizations, is author of forty-five books and nearly 650 scientific articles,... Read more

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“This book stays with what has always been the strength of FAP: focus on the therapeutic relationship and functional analysis of that relationship as the central strategy for change. At the same time, it broadens the scope in a way that makes the basic principles more assessable to therapists of different schooling. In short: excellent!”
—Niklas Törneke, MD, author of Learning RFT and Metaphor in Practice, and coauthor of The ABCs of Human Behavior

“As a compassion-focused (CFT) therapist, I’ve been amazed at how profoundly the FAP training I’ve received has deepened both my understanding of the therapeutic relationship and my ability to engage in genuine, powerfully collaborative relationships with my clients. In Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Made Simple, these expert authors give us a guide that manages to convey the theory and practice of FAP in a way that is clear and easy to understand without losing any of its precision or subtlety. Filled with clear explanation, demonstrative vignettes, useful clinical tools, and reflective exercises, this wonderfully written book escorts the reader to a nuanced understanding of how to apply a functional-analytic approach to the therapeutic relationship—teaching us to use our most authentic selves as instruments of change and healing, and deepening our understanding of our clients and ourselves as relational beings. Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Made Simple is the perfect introduction to a transformational therapy—highly recommended!”
—Russell L. Kolts, PhD, professor of psychology at Eastern Washington University, and author of CFT Made Simple and The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Managing Your Anger

“Countless research studies have shown that one of the most important factors to influence successful treatment outcomes is the therapeutic relationship. There’s no intervention more powerful than using the present-moment interaction between client and therapist to experiment with new behaviors and promote behavioral flexibility. This book teaches clinicians how to effectively use the therapeutic relationship as a tool for behavioral change, and is a must-read for every clinician regardless of their theoretical orientation. This book provides practical tools for guiding clinicians on how to use the therapeutic interaction to foster behavioral change; offers specific steps to identify, track, and monitor both client and therapist’s targeted behaviors for treatment, and modify them in the moment; and with its many worksheets, exercises, and sample dialogues, this book is the perfect resource for any clinician who wants to help clients build authentic and more fulfilling relationships.”
—Avigail Lev, PsyD, director of the Bay Area CBT Center, and coauthor of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Interpersonal ProblemsThe Interpersonal Problems Workbook, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Couples

Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Made Simple clearly and elegantly describes an approach that is incredibly useful for therapists and coaches. The authors explain how to consciously create a context that intentionally nurtures growth. The skill of functional analysis can be applied broadly, and this book explains this skill in a way that is easy to understand and apply. Functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) is about consciously moving into conversation with courage, awareness, and love. This book embodies this beautifully.”
—Rachel Collis, executive coach; MBA lecturer, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

“For clinicians who want their therapy relationships to improve their clients’ lives, this book is the place to start. A delight to read, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Made Simple provides a clear and compassionate guide to helping therapists be present, supportive, and responsive to clients. The book is chock-full of vivid clinical examples, tools and worksheets, and helpful solutions for getting unstuck in therapy. The result is an excellent foundation for therapists to develop powerful curative relationships with clients, while being seamlessly grounded in the principles of behaviorism that underlie this therapy. Coming over a quarter century since the seminal book on FAP was released, and distilling the authors’ forty-plus years of wisdom and experience, the book is a true achievement. Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Made Simple is destined to become a gem in any clinician’s library. I wish I had this book when I first learned FAP many years ago.”
—Jonathan B. Bricker, PhD, behavioral scientist, psychology professor, and practicing FAP therapist

“After haunting psychotherapy theory for a century, the personal relationship between therapist and client has come to its own as the most powerful tool for therapeutic change. This book explains why and how the personal relationship is essential in the treatment of psychological problems. Seldom has a single volume covered such a broad array of skills and such depths of understanding. Weaving samples of clinical conversation into theory, it makes the complexities of the psychotherapy process—not so much simple, but rather—crystal clear. Its wisdom will cross cultural barriers because it speaks directly to what is at the heart of being human.”
—Luc Vandenberghe, psychotherapist in private practice and faculty member at the Pontifical Catholic University of Goias, Brazil

“This book is absolutely beautifully written in terms of its prose and message. It offers a sound introduction to FAP, with excellent examples and coherent explanations of what FAP deems to be its core foci. It also works well as an extended description and discussion of the core concept of functional analysis, which is sadly missing from the existing literature. I am frequently asked to explain and illustrate functional analysis, and in the future I will be citing this work as the answer. Although it aims to ‘make simple,’ the work is also adequately scholarly. It uses an appropriate level of citations, often missing in similar texts, which undermines the credibility of the proposed arguments. The level of detail provided on relevant studies is also perfect for the target audience. At a more general therapeutic level, the book highlights a very comprehensive and thorough understanding of issues central to competent therapeutic work (e.g., closure).”
Yvonne Barnes-Holmes, associate professor of behavior analysis in the department of experimental clinical and health psychology, and faculty of psychology and educational studies at Ghent University in Belgium

“Awareness, courage, and love—these are words that many may instinctively deem ‘unprofessional’ in the context of psychotherapy. However, in this beautifully written book, readers look through the lens of functional analysis. This therapeutic stance and the activities referred to in this ACL framework are vital to the psychotherapeutic relationship, and lie at the core of FAP. The book will appeal to both those who enjoy a good empirically based model and those who are moved by philosophy—or those who respond to both. Students, new professionals, and clinicians that have been in practice for many years will benefit from the insights and exercises offered in this wonderful book.”
Christopher R. Martell, PhD, ABPP, lecturer and clinic director of the Psychological Services Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, coauthor of Overcoming Depression One Step at a Time and Behavioral Activation for Depression

“Getting training in FAP several years ago was a game changer in my own work, but I wish I had had Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Made Simple as a companion back then. The book perfectly conveys the richness of behavioral principles, and at the same time it takes you, step-by-step, through the process of integrating these principles into your daily practice. It is wonderfully written and inspiring; deep and clear; simple and powerful.”
Matthieu Villatte, PhD, author of Mastering the Clinical Conversation

“FAP brings a unique perspective to the art of therapy. Built on a set of simple principles, it can help therapists and clients build unforgettable and transformative relationships. Whatever your approach, FAP can throw new light on the therapeutic process with precise and effective interventions. It’s allowed me to work more flexibly with ACT by helping me to focus on present-moment awareness and interpersonal processes. Though its principles are simple, FAP is an exquisitely sensitive treatment approach. It certainly isn’t easy. This book achieves the feat of making it simple by laying out FAP’s awareness, courage, and love model in a uniquely accessible way. FAP can change your life and that of your clients. I wish I’d had this book eight years ago, when I first started using FAP principles in my clinical practice.”
Benjamin Schoendorff, international ACT trainer; director of the Contextual Psychology Institute in Montreal, QC, Canada; and coauthor of The Essential Guide to the ACT Matrix

“I truly enjoyed reading Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Made Simple. As a clinical psychology professor, I’m always trying to teach FAP in a way that shows students how powerful and intense this therapy can be. One of the challenges is to decrease the gap between theory and practice. And I think Gareth and colleagues have accomplished that with this book! The authors put it all together: the importance of social connection, the use of therapeutic relationship as the context for change, and how we can do that with awareness, courage, and love. A much-needed book on the transformative nature of social connection. It’s all about making a better world. It’s all about awareness, courage, and love. It’s all about FAP.”
Claudia Oshiro, PhD, professor of psychology in the department of clinical psychology at the University of São Paulo, Brazil

“I loved this book. It is essential reading for not only FAP practitioners, but every therapist. With clear description, illustrative storytelling, and brilliant exercises for the clinician, these writers have translated the heart of psychotherapy into steps every clinician can take to deepen their practice. It should be required reading for us all.”
Julie S. Gottman, PhD, cofounder and president of the Gottman Institute, coauthor of Ten Lessons to Transform your Marriage

“Rooted in the behavioral tradition, FAP is an interpersonal therapy that is particularly useful in promoting trust and building a strong therapeutic alliance across differences. FAP is easy to understand, but challenging to learn. The authors have done a wonderful job at making FAP more accessible to all mental health clinicians. Their deep understanding of psychological principles, expert FAP skills, scientific approach, and engaging style make this an essential read. The techniques described in this book can enhance all treatment approaches and be used as a stand-alone therapy to improve relationships.”
Monnica Williams, PhD, associate professor in the department of psychological sciences at the University of Connecticut, and director of the Laboratory for Culture and Mental Health Disparities

“I have been searching for a book to give psychiatry residents and other interested clinicians to help them to learn FAP. Functional Analytic Psychotherapy Made Simple is that book. It’s full of heart, full of intellect and many deeply realistic case examples, and hard to put down! The authors did a beautiful job of speaking from the heart, while also being grounded in empirical science. This book is a beautiful, poetic read. The passion and love for compassionately and effectively helping suffering people comes through in a heartfelt way.”
Barbara Kohlenberg, PhD, clinical psychologist; professor in the departments of psychiatry

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