Provocative Therapy


R.D. Laing: Early Provocative Therapist?

18 Mar 2015|

The approach of the psychiatrist/anti-psychiatrist R.D. Laing predated Provocative Therapy but is similar to it in many ways.

Provocative Therapy: The Beginning

06 Mar 2015|

The first case in which Provocative Therapy was used. Frank Farrelly inadvertently discovers Provocative Therapy at Mendota State Institute.

Health and Happy Relationships

01 Jan 2013|

A few sessions of Provocative Therapy can often provoke people to change their behaviour so that they end up in the sort of relationships they really want and deserve.

Health, Laughter and Contrarianism

12 Dec 2011|

There is little doubt that laughter is good for you. However when you are provoked to laugh at your 'Inner Joke', the funny side of how you are preventing yourself from being fulfilled in life, you get more than just the physiological benefits of laughter. You are nudged into changing your behavioural patterns for the better. This is the essence of Provocative Therapy the cutting edge in the use of contrarianism (reverse psychology) and humour in therapy.

The King’s Speech and Provocative Therapy

09 Jan 2011|

In the hit movie, The King's Speech, the speech therapist, Lionel Logue, uses many of the tactics of Provocative Therapy to help King George VI deal with a speech impediment. Interestingly George VI was also treated by his homeopathic physician, Sir George Weir, who was knighted by his father, George V.

Alcoholism isn’t a Drug Addiction or is it?

05 Nov 2010|

A provocative look at alcohol, alcoholism and Prof. David Nutt's recent statement about alcohol being more dangerous to society than heroin or crack cocaine.

Comedy Revolution in Politics? Now for Medicine!

12 Oct 2010|

Comedians are suddenly influencing American politics. The power of satire has been officially recognised by the political authorities. Can the medical authorities be far behind? Probably yes.

World Mental Health Day

10 Oct 2010|

Today is World Mental Health Day. Started by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992, it is a day devoted to raising consciousness for mental health causes and raising funds for these causes. As a Provocative Therapist, I considered watching the Academy Award winning film, It's a Mad, Mad, [...]

‘Laughter Yoga’ and Provocative Therapy

30 Aug 2010|

A major article in The New Yorker profiles the life and work of 'The Laughing Guru' Madan Kataria. There is little doubt that laughter is good for our health but is there more to it than 'laughing for no reason'. In Provocative Therapy, patients may indeed laugh at the absurd remarks of the therapist, but they are also provoked into coming up with their own solutions to their problems.

The Disappearance of the G-spot

04 Jan 2010|

In the history of anatomy, it is an extremely rare occurrence for a part of the body to be declared not to exist. Yet this week the Journal of Sexual Medicine will publish an article that claims that the ‘idea of a G-spot is subjective’ – which means that the [...]