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Mentoring group


The mentoring group is designed to help you with various practical problems of life (especially for those outside of Los Angeles). It is meant to help you talk about your current life problems, your crisis, or your difficulty to make a transition in your life. Its purpose is also to help you apply the feelings you experience in therapy into your life as well as integrating your insights into concrete decisions. It will be particularly helpful to those of you who are overloaded and/or isolated, as you will be able to meet others in similar situations.

Patients who have already participated have found the group very helpful and a useful addition to their therapy. The fee is $120 for the program, which includes 6 groups. There is no refund for non-attended group. Catherine Gilchrist is in charge of the mentoring group. Please contact her at (310) 664-7095 if you have any questions.



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Dr. Arthur Janov's Primal Center is pleased to now offer accredited Continuing Education courses for health care and mental health care professionals.  These courses were developed by Dr. Arthur Janov, and reflect state-of-the-art knowledge on the science of feelings and their implications for psychotherapy.  Please click here to learn more.





Current training program information


The Primal Center's training program is aimed at teaching the students the theory of primal therapy and how that extraordinary process works. The techniques and their precision in relation with the theory give us a fascinating understanding of human beings.


The clinical part of the training program will consist of tape review of current patients' therapy, presentation of their cases, clinical discussion, diagnosis, treatment plan, and access to tape library of over 2,000 tapes of lectures and previous training.

Some of the topics include:
· Dialectics of Primal Therapy
· What is neurosis?
· Clinical and technical applications of Primal theory
· Self-primalling and its danger: abreaction and overload
· Overload and access
· Recognizing defenses and secondary feelings
· Feelings vs. discharge
· Defense, feelings and resolution
· Recognizing the levels of defenses
· Feelings as a defense
· Brain development and its implication for psychotherapy, treatments in general and specifically for Primal Therapy
· The origin of symptoms and their resolution
· Vertical Therapy
· How to run group
· Intake interviews
· 3 weeks: introduction and preparation, clinical evaluation, treatment plan
· The brain, neurotransmitters and structures relevant to Primal Therapy
· Neurological foundations for levels of consciousness
· Levels of Consciousness: how to recognize them and use them clinically
· First line intrusion, diffusion and suffusion, part 2
· Birth trauma and first line: clinical application
· The memory of wellness and the nature of trauma
· Recreating in order to heal
· Panic, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders

This is only a general outline of the topics we cover.

As various clinical questions will arise, we will address them in the course of the training program.

The Primal Center has a great need for therapists.  First year trainees are welcome and will find integration into the existing group to be easy and very stimulating.

The training program also includes a trainee group.

At the end of each quarter, a test is given to evaluate the progress of the trainees.


For more details about our training program, you may click here.  If you have any questions, please call or email us primalctr@earthlink.net.





At Dr. Arthur Janov's Primal Center we continually offer special events for our patients.  Some events are open to former patients (also see open door policy for returning patients) and/or the general public; this is particularly true when Drs. France and Arthur Janov give a seminar or roundtable.  We announce these events regularly in this section of our web page.  You can also check with us by e-mail, or call us at (310) 392-2003.






Description of Special Events that occur every year at the Primal Center:



We have had many mini-retreats at the Center over the last few years and patients seem to really enjoy them.

The purpose of a mini-retreat is to bring together all people participating in Primal Therapy: Staff, trainees and patients, for a weekend of communal living.  Mini-retreats typically include a roundtable and a group dinner.


Mini-retreats are especially helpful for those of you who are loners, and have difficulty socializing. It allows you to take new steps and feel whatever might come up right then and there, in a safe environment.

Mini-retreats are more than the sum of their events. It is the continuum of all that happens, sharing feelings and experiences that have made them significant events for those who have participated.

"I will travel 3,000 miles anytime to come to your retreats." C.N., New Jersey



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Drs. Arthur and France Janov conduct roundtables regularly on various topics at the Primal Center.  A roundtable is an open forum of ideas with audience participation.  Our roundtables are always open to patients, and often open to the general public.  Subjects for roundtables in the past have included:  Sexuality; Primal Therapy:  An Extraordinary Tool; Feelings and the Brain; The Influence of First Line in our Life; What is Wellness?; and Birth and Its Lifelong Effects.


VHS tapes and DVDs of some of our past roundtables are now available for purchase.  Please click here for information.


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The idea of a primal Halloween group is that you all come dressed as your secret self. This means the person you are but are afraid to show, the person you wish to be, you don't want to be, etc.

Anyone who does not come in a costume (street clothes are not considered a costume) or is not dressed as his/her secret self will not be admitted.

You do not have to rent anything expensive. You can express it very simply and do it yourself. Examples: we have had a computer (wrapped in foil), chains (for those prisoners of their pain), clowns, dressing as the opposite sex, etc.

Halloween group is an extraordinary event and we recommend that you attend. A lot of feelings can come out of it.

Art and France will run Halloween group.

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A Thanksgiving dinner is usually part of the mini-retreat that occurs around that date.  The meal involves a catered traditional Thanksgiving dinner, which has been excellent.  The Thanksgiving dinner usually follows a roundtable.  The roundtable and Thanksgiving dinner are open to all "old patients", as well as the general public.  The dinner is usually very significant to those who attend, especially those don't have a family with which to spend Thanksgiving.


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All current patients and "old patients" are invited.  As our patients change through therapy, a lot of them — already talented, or discovering a new talent — use the opportunity to show off their talent in a night of great fun and feelings.  Attended by patients only, Talent Night is always a memorable evening — and we are always impressed to see how creative our patients are.


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In the spirit of Christmas, this is a free group.  The fee for the group can be donated to the Primal Foundation.  Directed by Drs. Arthur and France Janov, with a special appearance by Santa Claus.  All patients are invited to attend as well as "old patients".  Drinks and cookies afterwards.  This is always a productive evening in terms of feelings as Christmas carried a lot of significance for most patients when they were children.  It is also heart-warming especially for those who are alone for Christmas or far from their family.  Lots of Christmas get-togethers are organized among patients during this evening.


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While in therapy, patients can attend a program of education in the fundamentals of Primal theory and how it applies in their own therapy. Orientation is held once a year for eight weeks in January and February. We encourage all patients to take advantage of this unique opportunity to increase their understanding of Primal theory and apply it to their own experiences.  The program is a combination of lecture and open discussion on such topics as Need, Repression, The Chain of Pain, The Three Levels of Consciousness, Act-Outs and Symptoms, What is Proper Primal Therapy, Resolution and Integration in Primal Therapy, Primal Therapy and Sexuality, Drugs, What is “Wellness”, etc.


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We are pleased to announce two exciting and ground-breaking books forthcoming from Dr. Arthur Janov: Words Won't Do It, and Sex and the Subconscious. See below for advance sales information.


Words Won't Do It


For those who have ever sought help for any kind of mental health problem, Words Won't Do It shows how conventional, word-based psychotherapies such as cognitive, behavioral, and insight cannot render lasting change and at best offer only temporary relief from emotional pain. The culmination of more than 50 years of research in the field of human psychology, Dr. Arthur Janov's Words Won't Do It clearly explains how for true healing to occur we must access the deepest levels of the brain where pain lies, and fully relive the primal experiences that drive our behavior.


Words Won't Do It reveals how our mental and physical health are inextricably linked, and determined by the brain. In a chapter entitled, "How Love Sculpts The Brain," Dr. Janov proves that love is the key to health and happiness on every level, and in its absence, we are destined to lifelong suffering. In another chapter, "The Numbing Down of Your Brain," Dr. Janov shows how traditional therapies, which often rely on medication to help ease the patient's pain, simply perpetuate the problem by masking it, and create a drug-dependent patient in the process.


Utilizing some of the most compelling case studies taken from years of clinical research, Dr. Janov shows how the brain and nervous system can be imprinted by trauma during gestation, birth, and early childhood, and how these imprinted memories give rise to all manner of physical and mental dysfunction. Words Won't Do It shows how traditional therapies only reach the most superficial levels of the brain and don't penetrate the lower reaches where imprinted memories and pain reside. In the chapter, "You Can't Live Until You Can Feel," Dr. Janov shows how true healing can only occur when we access imprinted memories held in the subconscious and allow the brain to neuro-chemically make the connection from those memories to the conscious mind; it is only through reliving such primal experiences that we can liberate ourselves, and our health.


Words Won't Do It is a treatise on the necessity for a unified approach in treating mental as well as physical afflictions. The author of more than 12 books, Words Won't Do It is Dr. Janov's magnum opus.


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Sex and the Subconscious: Perversions and Diversions in the Realm of the Libido


Mining the most fascinating case histories taken from more than five decades of clinical study, Dr. Arthur Janov’s Sex and the Subconscious explores both the commonplace and arcane aspects of human sexual health. Demystifying one of the most highly personal yet least understood subjects, Sex and The Subconscious shows how memories of experiences that occur during our nine months in the womb, at birth, and early childhood are imprinted into the subconscious, only to emerge in adulthood as any of numerous sexual patterns and behaviors.


Dr. Janov unravels the mystery behind some of the most complex cases of sexual dysfunction and explains clearly the origins of many problems. Illuminated by first person accounts of patients who have successfully undergone Primal Therapy treatment, Sex and the Subconscious identifies numerous causes behind the kaleidoscopic spectrum of human sexual behavior, including common patterns such as frigidity, impotence, and low-libido, as well as more extreme behaviors such as exhibitionism, sado-masochism, fetishes, and the need for countless sex partners. Some of the sexual patterns that are an outgrowth of incest, the greatest taboo, are revealed in a variety of case histories.


Sex and the Subconscious shows how our sexual-self is the most important aspect of our being, and the clearest indicator of overall health. It clarifies the difference between love and lust, the chemical basis of each, and why we so often confuse the two. In a chapter entitled “The Womb As A Black Box,” we learn how stress to the carrying mother during pregnancy determines the child’s health and later sexual behavior. In another chapter, “Hormones of Love,” Dr. Janov reveals how we develop the ability to love very early in our relationship to our parents, and how that will affect our sex life later on.


One of the world’s most renowned psychologists, Dr. Janov has studied sexual behavior not as an isolated symptom, but as part of the whole human being. In Sex and the Subconscious, Dr. Janov clearly establishes how our sexual health mirrors our overall physical health, and how treating the whole patient, not just a symptom, is the only way to achieve real and long-term healing.


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Advance Sales


If you are interested in having these books fresh off the press (there is no publication date yet), please register with us by clicking here, and we will give you advance notice of publication dates and where they will be available.


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