Medical Doctor, Homeopathic Physician, Provocative Therapist, Autogenic Trainer
About Dr Brian Kaplan
Dr Brian Kaplan qualified as an orthodox medical doctor at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. In 1982 he came to England to study homeopathy at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. After completing a comprehensive training in homeopathy (exclusively for medical doctors) he became a member of the Faculty of Homeopathy in 1983 and a Fellow in 2002. He then studied counselling, nutritional dietetics, fitness, yoga, Autogenic Training, and Provocative Therapy.
His approach is eclectic and rigorous, with the aim of treating the whole person as well as the disease.
Dr Kaplan uses mainstream medicine diagnostics and will treat conventionally if needed. He will also make specialist referrals and arrange for patients to see consultants in various fields of medicine when a specialist opinion is needed.
Combined with this, he believes that the body is often capable of healing itself but for various reasons may not be doing so. In these situations it can often be stimulated or catalysed into healing itself. To do this Dr Kaplan uses Classical Homeopathy. However he also believes that patients should be encouraged to do things to help themselves as well as taking tablets. To this end he also:
- teaches patients Autogenic Therapy a powerful method of deep relaxation and stress-proofing. It is learned thoroughly over 8 one hour sessions after which it can be used for life without supervision.
- gives dietary advice and supervises patients on short fasts and detox programmes (See a good example of a detox programme.)
- advises patients to embark on healthy exercise programmes where cardiac fitness and core stability are of the essence. (See a good example of such a programme.)
It is clear to most doctors that a large percentage of patients visiting them are suffering from some sort of psychological pain or anguish which may or may not be related to their physical condition. Dr Kaplan believes that doctors must try to relieve all types of pain to improve the health and well-being of the patient as a whole.
Long-term orthodox psychotherapy is not a cost-effective option for doctors, nor is it a journey most patients would agree to embark on, whatever the degree of their suffering. What is needed is a technique that is brief, highly effective and good value. After training in Rogerian client centred therapy, Dr Kaplan found that Provocative Therapy really fitted the bill. Combining humour and reverse psychology to remarkable clinical effect, Provocative Therapy is a psychotherapeutic technique that can be used by busy general practitioners.
The Relationship between Homeopathy and Provocative Therapy:
Both these modalities are based on the principle of ‘like curing like’ and Provocative Therapy has been described as ‘homeopathic’ in the way it works.
The correctly prescribed homeopathic remedy results in the body (immune system) sorting out the problem. In other words the body was always capable of doing so but needed the homeopathic remedy to initiate the healing response.
Similarly Provocative Therapists believe that the solution to a patient’s problem is already within the patient. The humour and reverse psychology of Provocative Therapy initiates the patient into becoming aware of the solution within, consciously owning it and finally enacting it.
MBBCh Registration number with General Medical Council: 2558165
FFHom (Fellow of Faculty of Homeopathy, UK)
MBAS Member of the British Autogenic Society
Holistic Doctor, Homeopaths