Prospective Patients and How to Apply
Are you considering applying for Primal Therapy? Please read our description below on how to apply to be a patient at the Primal Center, and the FAQ (frequently asked questions) about being a patient at the Primal Center.
If you are interested in applying to Dr. Arthur Janov's Primal Center as a patient, please read the sections below on medical matters, international or out-of-state applicants, non-English therapy, minors, insurance, and living in Los Angeles. Then please follow the instructions listed in the "Application Process" section below.
For those who are under current medical treatment, a release and a report of patient's condition must be sent to us prior to starting therapy. The patient must agree to continue his/her medical treatment as prescribed. There are three medical consultants to the Primal Center, including two general practitioners and one psychiatrist. Patients are responsible for payments to these physicians.
In order to accommodate those applicants who come from far away, and who cannot make two trips to Los Angeles we can upon request schedule an interview close to a possible starting date.
Generally, if an intake interview is scheduled close to the starting date there is already a fairly good possibility of being accepted, although this is by no means automatic. (Please indicate on the questionnaire where you want the intake interview to take place.)
While at the Center, international applicants must take individual responsibility for arranging housing and transportation.
In some cases, we will consider doing the therapy with the help of a translator. Please note that the therapy fee will be increased, independently of the translator's fee. The patients will have to retain and directly compensate their translator. Please check with us if you are interested in this possibility. Groups are conducted in English. Please know that in order to live in America it is certainly preferable to have some ability in English.
For those applicants who are minors, parental consent is required. We have found that young people do very well in Primal Therapy so long as their home environment is suitable.
Some insurance companies will pay at least in part for therapy. Please check with your insurance agent regarding this possibility, and/or check your policy.
The Primal Center is located in the Venice district of the city of Los Angeles, California. It is a few blocks from the ocean. The Center is close to other western sections of the city of Los Angeles, and the city of Santa Monica.
We are often asked about the cost of living in the Los Angeles area. It is difficult to say, exactly, but the expenses of living in Los Angeles seem to equate with that of any other big city. Applicants have found rooms to share with other primal people for about $400-$500 per month.
1. Please request the fees by e-mail, and we will send them to you.
2. Please go to our online questionnaire. You may do so by clicking here. Please fill out the questionnaire completely, and either send the questionnaire to us electronically (there is an "E-mail Questionnaire" button at the bottom), or print out the questionnaire and mail it to us through regular mail.
3. *** Please write a 2 to 3 page typed autobiography, in English, to give us a general outline of your life ***.
4. Please mail (a) *** your autobiography ***, (b) a recent photograph of yourself, and (c) your questionnaire if you did not send it electronically to:
Dr. Arthur Janov's Primal Center
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the application process.