We are pleased to announce two exciting and ground-breaking books forthcoming from Dr. Arthur Janov: The Janov Solution: Lifting Depression Through Primal Therapy , Beyond belief! and Sex and the Subconscious. See below for advance sales information.
MENTORING GROUP (FOR PATIENTS)
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
SPECIAL EVENTS AT THE PRIMAL CENTER
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.