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Ken Seman, LCSW, Director
Dr Arthur Janov, Founder
Dr France Janov, Founder

Dr. Arthur Janov examines the power of beliefs and how they are used as a mechanism for dealing with early trauma that goes as far back as birth. Beliefs are a way to rationalize with pain rooted deep in the unconscious, and reveal that love is a biological need. Dr. Janov applies engrossing case studies and his many years of experience to bring the reader one step closer to understanding human behavior, and how pain can become converted into an idea. Available on Amazon:

This is Dr. Janov's opus magnum, a revolutionary work in every sense of the word. It may help to change the practice of psychotherapy as we know it, and above it, how we give birth today; the shoulds and should nots. It explains in detail how early trauma and adversity can have lifelong consequences and result in serious afflictions from cancer to diabetes. It can have monumental implications for medical practice, as well, and points to how we can rear healthy children.

Dr. Arthur Janov's Blog
A collection of articles by Dr Arthur Janov and comments from his readers.

About Drs. Arthur and France Janov

Arthur Janov

"Primal Therapy is miraculous, but it is not a miracle, it is science at work"

Dr. Arthur Janov

Dr. Arthur Janov was one of the world's leading psychologists and author of 15 books, including the international bestseller, The Primal Scream. He was the Founder and Director of the Primal Center in Santa Monica, California. He had been elected to the Academic Hall of Fame of Claremont Graduate University.

Dr. Janov received his B.A. and M.S.W. in psychiatric social work from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Ph.D. in psychology from Claremont Graduate School. Before turning to Primal Therapy, he practiced conventional psychotherapy in his native California. He did an internship at the Hacker Psychiatric Clinic in Beverly Hills, worked for the Veterans' Administration at Brentwood Neuro-psychiatric Hospital and was in private practice for 1952 till 1967. He was also on the staff of the Psychiatric Department at Los Angeles Children's Hospital where he was involved in developing their psychosomatic unit.

The course of Dr. Janov's professional life changed in a single day in the mid-1960's with the discovery of Primal Pain. During a therapy session, he heard (as he describes it), "an eerie scream welling up from the depths of a young man who was lying on the floor". He came to believe that this scream was the product of some unconscious, intangible wound that the patient was unable to resolve. Dr. Janov devoted his professional life to the investigation of that underlying pain and the development of a precise, scientific therapy that could mitigate its lifelong effects.

Dr. Janov conducted revolutionary research in the field of psychotherapy for more than four decades. As the originator of Primal Therapy, he treated thousands of patients and conducted extensive research to support his thesis that both physical and psychic ailments can be linked to early trauma. He concluded that patients can dramatically reduce such debilitating medical problems as depression, anxiety, insomnia, alcoholism, drug addiction, heart disease and many other serious diseases. In 1970 he introduced his radical new approach to therapy to the general public in his first book, The Primal Scream, which became a best-seller and has since sold more than a million copies worldwide.

In the last 40 years Primal Therapy has established itself as the only therapy producing deep changes in a host of psychosomatic symptoms and psychological problems. As Director and Supervisor of Research with the Primal Foundation Laboratory, Dr. Janov was the first psychologist to submit his results to scientific scrutiny. Studies at Rutgers, the University of Copenhagen, St. Bartholomew's Hospital in England and the University of California at Los Angeles have all supported his theory that Primal Therapy can produce measurable positive effects on the function of the human brain and body.

Dr. Janov and his wife, Dr. France D. Janov, lectured worldwide on Primal Theory and Primal Therapy, including to the Royal College of Medicine, London, England; Hunter College, New York; Karolinska Medical and Research Center, Stockholm, Sweden. His work was also the subject of a PBS special in the United States and of documentaries in Germany, England, France and Sweden.

The latest research conducted at Dr. Janov's Primal Center on the effects of Primal Therapy on the brain was performed by Dr. Erik Hoffman, former Professor of Neurophysiology at Copenhagen University. This research showed very clear changes in the brain as a result of feeling.

Dr. Janov authored fifteen books. His last published book was "Beyond Belief: Cults, Healers, Mystics and Gurus -Why We Believe- published on May 3, 2016. These books have been translated into twenty-four languages, throughout the world. Prior to his passing on October 1, 2017, he had just completed another book, "The Psychology of Everyday Life," a collection of articles, soon to be published.

France D. Janov

Dr. France D. Janov was the Director of The Primal Center, located in Santa Monica, California.

In 1980 she married Arthur Janov and accompanied him at numerous conferences throughout Europe and South America. It was during this period that Dr. France Janov translated "The Primal Scream", "Prisoners of Pain", and "The Feeling Child" into French. Later, she would supervise the translation and editing of "The New Primal Scream", published in 1991. Dr. France D. Janov also took part in editing several of Dr. Arthur Janov's other books as well as the development of films on Primal therapy. Most recently, she completed the Legacy Program, a series of videos that comprises 6 years of in depth training with Primal Therapy students. It includes videos of therapy sessions, followed by clinical discussions that include diagrams of the brain exposing levels of consciousness and their function.

In 1982 the Janov's relocated in Paris with the opening of the European Primal Institute. Dr. France D. Janov was both the administrator of the Paris Institute and Dr. Arthur Janov's research assistant in London and did clinical work. She was also responsible for the creation and management of the Primal Foundation.

In 1989 Dr. Arthur Janov opened the Primal Center in Venice, California, now relocated in Santa Monica, California with the goal of training Primal therapists.

Dr. France D. Janov assisted in the training by teaching classes and supervising tape reviews. In 1991 she was named Co-Director and Clinical Director, assuming responsibility for the clinical training program and supervision of the Advanced therapists' work with patients, as well as treating patients and managing the Primal Center. After the passing of Dr. Arthur Janov on October 1, 2017, she became Director of the Primal Center until her retirement in November 2018.

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