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Functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) is a behavioral approach based on empirically supported principles that harnesses the power of the therapeutic relationship and maximizes the genuineness, intensity, compassion, and effectiveness of the therapist. FAP therapists view each client as a microculture with complex life stories filled with joy and anguish, dreams and hopes, passions and vulnerabilities, and unique gifts and abilities, carrying deeply rooted cultural, social, and generational experiences in their reinforcement histories. From a behaviorally defined perspective, the qualities of awareness, courage, and therapeutic love are considered to be the building blocks of a therapeutic bond that is the springboard for client change. At the core of FAP is its hypothesized mechanism of clinical change: contingent therapists responding to client problems and improvements as they ...

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