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About Blane Savage

Neuro Linguistic Programming

Ericksonian Hypnosis

Provocative Therapy

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Thought Field Therapy

Emotional Freedom Technique




Provocative therapy has been developed by Frank Farrelly

Frank Farrelly has gained international recognition as an extraordinary therapist. He is the author of several publications including Provocative Therapy co-authored with Jeff Brandsma). He has presented a number of workshops, seminars, and demonstrations of his work for professional audiences throughout the United States, Europe and Australasia.

Provocative Therapy was developed by Farrelly who discovered that clients need someone who understands their perspective. The political correctness of the convential carers did nothing to help those in emotional crisis.

By verbalising how they themselves think, Farrelly is able to build true rapport with the client. He forces them to take on differing perspectives of themselves which allow them to move beyond their unhelpful behaviors and leave behind emotional issues which were blocking their personal growth and development.

He worked within institutional settings for 17 years, continuing to develop and refining his techniques.

Farrelly holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Catholic University in 1956 and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He worked with Carl Rogers and his client centred group at Mendota State Hospital. He later became clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Social Work and an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

"This brilliant therapist was described by one of his clients as "The kindest, most understanding man I have ever met in my whole life, wrapped up in the biggest son of a bitch I have ever met."


British Institute of Provocative Therapy




Provocative Therapy
Provocative Therapy (1974) Farrelly & Brandsma, Meta Publications



Presuppositions of Provocative Therapy

People can change and grow in response to a challenge

Clients can change if they choose

They do not function because they cannot
(will not?)

Clients have far more potential for achieving adaptive

Adult or current experiences are at least if not more significant than childhood or previous experiences in shaping client values, operational attitudes andbehavior

People make sense: the human animal is exquisitely logical and understandable

The most important messages between people are non verbal

The expression of theraputic 'hate' can be beneficial to the client

Two central Hypotheses of Frank Farrelly's Provocative Therapy

If provoked by the therapist (humerously, perceptively, and within the clients own internal frame of reference), the client will tend to move in the opposite direction from the therapist's definition of the client as a person.

If urged provocatively (humerously and perceptively) by the therapist to continue his self defeating, deviant behavior, the client will tend to engage in self and other enhancing behaviors which more closely approximate the societal norm.