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  1. To Marianne,
    Hi there! I live in Joh’burg South Africa. I started PT in 1980 at the Primal Institute in LA. I was in LA for 12 years. If you wish, contact me on 011 482 6000.




    6 Aug 11 at 2:35 pm

  2. I live in New York City. I would like to attach an information piece re a Primal Group we have here. Thank you.

    I love the Primal Mind site.


    Doris Rosenhaus

    15 Aug 12 at 9:32 am

    Meets Monday Evenings
    NY Core Center, 115 East 23rd Street, 12th Floor

    It’s about feeling the feeling. So many of us are very aware of our feelings (talk therapy?), but to really feel them is truly liberating – and healing.

    Floor mats, darkened room, buddy system, if desired, or work alone – all give freedom to EXPRESSION of feelings – often buried, intense, and overwhelming.

    Our group is peer-run and peer-funded. We run it as a not-for-profit ––
    so the cost of the room, which attendees split, works out to between $15 and $20 a group for each 3-hour session.

    For more information or questions, kindly contact either:

    Sandy Weymouth
    cell: 302-530-1535
    [email protected]
    Art Brown
    [email protected]

    [email protected]*******

    Suggested reading:
    Primal Healing, Arthur Janov, 2007
    Biology of Love, Arthur Janov, 2000


    Doris Rosenhaus

    15 Aug 12 at 9:34 am

  4. I hate to say this but Arthur Janov would say you are not doing real PT but are abreacting even if you do read his books. I am not saying I totally agree with him but I am sure he would say this.


    12 Sep 12 at 8:20 am

  5. I am 58 years old. I have tried everying I could try to deal with a core emotional issue involving rage. I hope I can get some good ideas from this site. John

    John Cavanaugh

    12 Dec 12 at 12:28 pm

  6. Welcome, John. You can get more information about primal therapy from Arthur Janov’s books. Another good resource is the the Primal Psychotherapy Page: You should try to find a good primal therapist, not all of whom work at the Janov Center. Doing this therapy alone is not advised, although you may be able to find a “buddy” who’s already done the therapy.

    12 Dec 12 at 12:56 pm

  7. I had primal therapy under Anne Farnell, who helped to edit the first book of Art’s “The Primal Scream”.

    What can be done short of proper primal therapy at Art’s clinic may be quite limited and I believe runs some risks. My own approach has resulted, under ill advised self help, in a lot of “abreactions”. This can be a subtle thing, but I caught it because of “missed moments” where I needed an outside influence to trigger me. I likewise have found problems of a similar nature with “buddy” approaches. That approach can bring up rage if ill done, if you are in a state of absolute torment someone’s disinterested breathing could bring up rage in the one hoping to primal. I have found techniques that relieve the suffering a bit but only very small and slow amounts of resolution. These self help techniques are fairly safe but only with people who are able to show enlightening tears. Yet, the verbal communications techniques are often very helpful and occasionally result in helpful tears and insights. The non verbal techniques can be helpful but only with some and must be done gently and lightly with knowledge of possible side effects. I mostly use these as pain control methods because in small doses they can give insights and a sort of “high”. They are mindfulness meditation, emotional breath, and glossolalia. I would not recommend these without help from someone who understands warning signs, as these can all have “side effects” and may also inhibit proper healing later on. When and if you start to see signs of bizarre ideation, fears that seem over the top, or concepts not very rational or intensely religious it is imperative to back away for a long time. I would have to say that caution is the word here. Staying with verbal techniques can be far safer but not apt to dissolve major problems. Check all therapists with Bruce Wilson and Peter Prontzos at the very least, and don’t entertain the thought that effective therapy is likely to occur with either self help or a “buddy” approach. The fact is that such things, far from being just ineffective, can indeed be a problem and far worse than no help at all.IMHO That said, if my approach is used, it may have some built in security elements, and I have had some small help and improvement from it. Still I believe anyone should err on the side of caution as I have just suggested.

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