Those who read the book knew that a scream is what some people do when they hurt. Others simply sob or cry. It was the hurt we were after, not mechanical exercises such as pounding walls and yelling, “Mama”. This therapy has changed what was essentially an art form into a science.
This therapy is dangerous in untrained hands. There are hundreds of people practicing what they call “primal therapy” without a single day’s training and others who claim to have been trained by us who were either not here or who were nowhere near completion of either their own therapy or the training at Dr. Janov's Primal Center.
Once people have been opened up to their pain, they are vulnerable to manipulation. A therapist who needs to control will control his patients and control the course of their therapy, never realizing that his patient needs to lose control into his/her feelings, leading to places the therapist cannot imagine because he won’t let himself lose control. A therapist who acts totally out of control and has an “anything goes” attitude towards therapy will miss the fragile patient who needs structure and so drive someone to madness or suicide. The possibilities for abuse are limitless.
It takes years to train therapists in Primal theory and teach them to do proper Primal Therapy, honed by Dr. Janov and his staff with 30 years of experience into a scientific tool, instead of an art form. We have rarely seen the therapy practiced correctly by others outside of the Center and spend a great deal of time treating patients from these other so-called “primal” clinics. We have seen the damage that can result when therapy is done incorrectly. If you are thinking of having therapy with someone, we will verify any claims they make regarding training with us and address any concerns you may have.
DR. ARTHUR JANOV IS ONLY ASSOCIATED WITH DR. JANOV'S PRIMAL CENTER IN VENICE, CALIFORNIA.