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Where Can I Buy the Book Provocative Therapy, by Frank Farrelly and Jeff Brandsma?

You can write, telephone, fax, or e-mail the following:

Fred Tappella
Meta Publications
P.O.Box 1910
Capitola, CA 95010

Tel.: 1-831-464-0254
Fax: 1-831-464-0517

Or, you can go to Meta Publications website and order it from the catalog:

The book is also available on Amazon

This book has been called “the funniest book ever written in the clinical field” by students and colleagues alike. Many of them have also described it as “the clearest book ever written about psychotherapy.”

To date no one who has read it thought it dull or boring.

Some report that reading the book in the presence of others creates problems. Readers say they burst out laughing loudly and then have to explain themselves.

A former graduate student of mine, traveling by bus in Alaska to begin her first job as a clinician, found at 2:30 a.m. she couldn’t sleep. To while away the hours she decided to read my book. In short order, she was laughing so loudly that the bus driver asked, “Young lady, are you on drugs?” This provoked further guffaws, waking up passengers. Her explanation that she was “reading my professor’s book, and it’s so funny!” elicited a whispered stern rebuke from the driver forbidding her to read “that funny book while others are sleeping.” Trying to control herself by placing her hand over her mouth, she snorted, choked, and burst out laughing. Recounting this, she “thought he was ready to kick me off the bus in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere. Tell people not to read your book where others are sleeping.”

A professor friend who knew my work well agreed to read the manuscript prior to publication and give me a critique by a specified date.

The night before our scheduled consultation, he reluctantly began reading it at midnight, sitting up in bed next to his sleeping wife. He confessed the next day his intention was to skim the chapters, then give some general “feel-good comments” of support. “But I started reading it and I couldn’t put it down,” and the “Open Fly Therapy” interview summary in the first chapter started him laughing so hard he could not continue reading. In trying to silence his laughter with his hand over his mouth, his whole body was jerking with spasms. The bed was shaking, which awakened his wife, who sleepily told him, “My God! I was dreaming I was in an earthquake.” Her statement convulsed him with laughter. A nurse, she became alarmed, and inquired in firm tones if he was having a seizure. When he was able, he gasped, “No, it’s Frank’s book–it’s so funny, I can’t help it.” He agreed to leave so she could sleep, and “sat in the living room until I finished it at 4 a.m.”