Functional Analytic Psychotherapy

  • Robert J. Kohlenberg
  • Mavis Tsai


Our radical behavioral interpretation of psychotherapy leads to the unexpected conclusion that the psychotherapeutic relationship is at the core of the therapeutic process. Unexpected, we say, because others usually cast radical behaviorism in the opposite camp, one in which the therapist avoids or discounts the value of a deep, emotional therapeutic relationship. Carl Rogers, for instance, commented, “To me [Skinner’s world] would destroy the human person as I have come to know him… in relationship… in the deepest moments of psychotherapy” (1961, p. 391).


Behavior Therapy Therapeutic Relationship Therapeutic Alliance Object Relation Social Skill Training 
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A Bridge between Psychoanalysis and Behavior Therapy


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© Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

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

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