The Holy Journal

Keeping a journal in therapy: a personal treasure, a tedious task, a compulsion, a routine, a…? I try to explain the value of it in my sessions. Some of the arguments towards my clients are: they will be helped to build more on self awareness, they will gain satisfaction from their progress, since the journal...

Song, lyrics and a smiling heart

Thursday the 21st of June 2018. Athens, 21.30 in the night. Listening to “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin, while waiting on skype to be examined orally by Robert Kohlenberg. It is the last thing that needs to be done in order to be certified as a trainer in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). Filed with...

Suffering

“Is it normal to suffer till now?”. Her look invaded in my eyes. She was so hungry for an answer. She kept wondering how it was possible to carry this pain for so many years. She thought that she was the problem. She was certain that other “normal” people don’t feel that way. Nobody had taught...

Knitting words in English

I started the English version of my site and I was excited to share my thoughts to a broader audience. I had already written articles and posts in Greek. The idea was to translate all this material into English. I read again the articles and I began to get disappointed. How would I translate all these...

Presenting at the 4th Greek Conference of e-Mental Health

I participated as a presenter at the 4th Greek Conference of e-Mental Health. I chose to present online training groups in Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). I shared my experience in the online groups as a trainee and a co trainer. I described the basic principles of FAP, I presented the results of the studies conducted to date and...

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,...

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...