Provocative Therapy – How to Use it Effectively With Clients
Provocative Therapy involves using warm-hearted humour to bring light to the shadows, to illuminate the elephant in the room, and to help people to question their own assumptions – in a way that is visceral, impactful and memorable.
A provocative therapist will often play devil’s advocate, using surreal imagery and dramatisation to lampoon the client’s thinking, which allows the client to see their own patterns from the outside.
This activates the client’s psychological immune system, allowing them to immunise themselves against such unhelpful thought patterns (and behaviour patterns) in the future.
Find out more in this video…
If you’d like to get a deeper understanding of how this approach can be used to provoke rapid change, I have created a detailed, annotated transcript of one of Nick Kemp’s Provocative Change Works sessions:
Provocative Change Works Intensive – London – 28th-29th April 2018
Now for an extensive seminar plug. Bear with me on this one…
On 28th-29th April 2018, my friend Al Whitton is hosting Nick Kemp in London for a weekend intensive on PCW.
(To be clear, I’m not receiving any kind of commission for promoting this, although I will be at the training myself).
Let me give you a few reasons why I believe this will be a worthwhile weekend.
About Frank Farrelly
Over the course of his life Frank Farrelly created a radically new model of therapy.
He was a tremendously experienced clinician, regularly treating people who had been institutionalised for years. With the methods he discovered, he got results where other people had failed.
Frank’s approach bypassed the normal conventions of therapy. He often took the side door to get into all the nooks and crannies of a client’s issue, coming at it from an angle they weren’t expecting.
He would use warmth and wit to provoke the client into using their own problem-solving capacities, to question their own generalisations, and to confidently assert themselves.
Whether or not you have any intention of becoming a full-blown Provocative Therapist, it seems to me that if you’re at all involved in changework or therapy, then you’d want to explore this way of working, to find out what Frank Farrelly’s entire life’s work was all about.
However, since Frank passed away, there are very, very few exemplars of this style of therapy.
Consequently, I believe there is a genuine risk of it being “lost to history”.
About Nick Kemp
Which brings me to Nick Kemp’s London workshop on 28th-29th April 2018.
Nick Kemp was mentored extensively by Frank. Frank was highly complimentary about Nick’s work, and Frank bequeathed his entire archive of Provocative Therapy videos and audio recordings to Nick after his death.
Nick’s model – Provocative Change Works – breaks down the patterns of Provocative Therapy, and makes them teachable and learnable (something Frank himself never did).
Nick has worked with thousands of clients, and his model is thoroughly real-world tested.
He teaches how to educate the client at the start of the session, how to incorporate hypnosis and metaphor exploration, how to structure client recordings, and how to adopt various “provocative stances” with clients to provoke rapid change.
About The Mighty Al Whitton
Finally – my friend Al, who is hosting the seminar, has a strong background in martial arts, especially Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Why do I mention this? Because Al does not run insanely expensive, stadium rock concert “Become a Millionaire in a Weekend” self-help style events.
This is a small, intensive training for those in the know, just like if you were doing a weekend martial arts intensive with a visiting master.
Al is making this as affordable as possible. You are never likely to see a weekend PCW training for this price again (and Nick very rarely does these workshops in the UK at the moment).
I think this is an approach that is absolutely, a hundred percent worth learning. I’ve used it myself with many of my clients, and it blends really well with brief therapy, NLP and hypnotherapy.
Here’s the booking page for the seminar: