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Laughing at your ‘inner joke’

posted on 18th December 2011 by Dr Brian Kaplan

Many of us have unresolved issues and unfulfilled ambitions. If only we had: a girlfriend; a boyfriend; more money; a better job; a fulfilling marriage… then we might be happy. The If-Only Syndrome is everywhere these days. It’s obvious to others – if not to ourselves – that our daily behaviour is not producing the results we desire. So how can we change that? And how long will the process take?

Some forms of psychotherapy are based on gaining a gradual understanding of ourselves and how we came to be the way we are now. Others are based on focusing on our negative and positive thoughts and slowly gaining more control. The long process can take months, if not years. ‘Brief therapy’ is a course of 12-16 one-hour sessions while Provocative Therapy is often even quicker.

Provocative Therapy is the cutting edge in the use of humour and reverse psychology in psychotherapy. A provocative therapist aims to get you to see your Inner Joke so you can catch the ways you may be sabotaging your life, and by noticing the absurd, to change your approach.

The goal of Provocative Therapy is to provoke you to laugh at this Inner Joke – and then find the real solution to your issue. When we laugh at how our behaviour is the cause of us not getting what we want in life – the impulse to change is often very strong indeed. Provocative Therapy uses humour and reverse psychology therapeutically to provoke you to locate, articulate and finally enact the real solution to your issue. The process can be energising, effective and rapid and a course of 4 one-hour sessions is often helpful

 Laughing at your inner joke

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Stephanie, Teddington

We came to see Dr Downing when our son Matthew was seriously unwell aged 10 with an unspecified post viral fatigue syndrome. Our GP had not been able to reassure us or provide us with anything other than advice to rest and it would pass. We were desperate when Matthew was unable to get out of bed and seemed to be going downhill. Dr Downing reacted immediately with a series of blood tests and vitamin infusions . It took two sessions but Matthew stabilised and started to eat and drink. Over the next two months, his condition improved and he was able to go back to school. It has been nearly three years since those dark months and Matthew has grown into a very tall, handsome 14 year old who has not been ill once - not even a cold!.