A 10 year-old-psychotherapist

In 2006 the phone rang and I was asked to book my first session in my private practice. I asked myself: “Who am I to start working as a self emloyed psychotherapist? Do I fully meet the criteria to be a therapist?”. I had already clinical experience and knowledge. I was still wondering whether that was enough....

The birth of memories through stories

The workshop “Story writing as a tool in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy” belongs to the past. The participants’ stories make the workshop alive in my memory right now. I feel grateful for the members of the group who accepted my challenge and wrote their experience after the workshop. “We communicated, we expressed ourselves. I broke my boundaries,...

The side effects of loneliness

Women called him an “egoist”, a “hog”. His friends admired him for his wild life. His colleagues regarded him as “lucky”. For his parents he was a butterfly. Nobody knew that he was actually alone. The truth is that he was not aware of the degree of his loneliness. Sometimes he wanted to take distance from...

It was with great pleasure to participate at the 1st Conference of the Greek Society of Behavior Analysis at Panteion University in Athens, Greece, in 2013. I presented a case study according to Behavior Analysis and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy. The scientific committee organized a very interesting conference. I was honored to get accepted and have an oral...

Introductory workshop in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy

I was glad and honored to lead the first workshop in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) at the Greek Association of Behavioral Research in Athens in 2015. The participants showed high acceptability and were very active during the experiential exercices. Our interaction as a group of human beings was a meaningful adjunct to the workshop. Mavis Tsai, PhD,...

A journey to 3 continents

9 paper ships and 9 bottles containing written messages on paper set out for Australia, Europe and America. The recipients are 9 dear colleagues whom I was honored to meet at the online training group in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). I was happy to coordinate this group as a co trainer with Peter Collis – a FAP trainer...

Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP)

Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP) has been founded by Robert Kohlenberg and την Mavis Tsai at the University of  Washington in 1991. Its principles are linked to B.F. Skinner’s theory about Radical Behaviorism. FAP uses Behaviorism to create a safe and warm therapeutic relationship. Therapeutic relationship plays a central role. The basic assumption is that the client’s difficulties in outside relationships are going...

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