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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.

The Training Program has been completed as of now. It will be available in text and video within a few months under the title:


The following is a summary of what was studied over a period of time by our trainees which related the insights and understanding of the Primal Therapy World to current research in neuroscience within a broad frame of reference for treating emotional problems.

On the Theoretical level:

  • What is Primal Therapy?
  • The Nature of the Unconscious
  • The Nature of Trauma and Feeling
  • The Nature of Emotional and Physical Pain
  • The Nature of Pain and Defenses
  • The Levels of Consciousness
  • The Nature of the Imprint and Prototype
  • The Nature of Neurosis and Psychosis
  • Brain Structures and the Organization of Feeling
  • Neurotransmitters and Their Function
  • Brain Biology and the Functions of its Various Key Sites
  • How Love Sculpts the Brain
  • The Notion of Resonance in the Brain
  • The Trajectory of Feeling
  • Research, Measurement of Feeling
  • Why Do We Have to Relive Trauma
  • Awareness Versus Consciousness
  • The Act Out and Neurotic Behavior
  • The reasons and Appearances of Symptoms
  • Essence Versus Appearance
  • Genotype versus Phenotype
  • The Character of Experimental Psychotherapy

On the Clinical level:

  • What is Primal Pain?
  • The Practice of Primal Therapy
  • Intake Procedures
  • How to Assess an Intake Application
  • Treatment Plan
  • How to Recognize the three levels of Consciousness and How to Work with them
  • The Necessity of Connection and Integration
  • Starting on the third line.
  • How to Recognize Overload
  • The Treatment of Overload
  • The Clinical Difference Between “Too Much Pain” and Overload
  • What is Abreaction?
  • Treatment of Abreaction
  • The Meaning of Integration
  • Crying About Versus Crying In
  • Psychosomatic Symptoms: Their Origin and Treatment
  • The meaning of Changes in Vital Signs
  • The Connection: Horizontal and Vertical Aspects
  • Triggers and How To Use Them
  • Anger as a Defense?
  • Defense Feeling: Finding the Tract and focus for Feeling
  • What is Hopelessness?
  • How to Deal with Hopelessness
  • Dealing with Suicidal Patients
  • How to Assess Patient Progress

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