Primal Therapy, St. Gallen
Trained as a Primal Therapist by Dr. Arthur Janov at the Primal Training,
Treatment and Research Centre, Venice, California.
Worked as Primal Therapist at the Primal Training, Treatment and Research
Centre, Venice California under direct supervision of Dr. Arthur Janov,
founder of Primal Therapy.
Primal Therapy practice in Geneva in team with Myriam Ansermot-Petit.
July 2004 - October 2010
Opened private practice in St. Gallen for Primal Therapy after Dr. Arthur
Janov and Parenting Instructor after Dr. Aletha J. Solter "Aware
Parenting Institute" web site: www.awareparenting.com
Joint practice in St. Gallen with Margrit Neuenschwander, Trainee.
Joint practice in St. Gallen with Margrit Neuenschwander.
Federal Diploma as Chemical Laboratory Assistant.
Federal Baccalaureate Type B, AKAD in Zurich.
Professional activities in Research and Development: Organic Synthesis and Peptide Chemistry.
Master in Life Science at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.
Head of Research and Development in different Swiss Companies, Consumer Goods Sector.
Technical Sales Manager, Raw Materials, Consumer Goods Sector.
Training in Theoretical Primal Therapy after Dr. Arthur Janov, by Esther Odermatt in St. Gallen.
Diploma in Andragogy at the School of Higher Education for Andragogy SELF in Bern.
Education inter alia in Course Leading, Group Dynamics, Communication, Supervision, Intervision, Coaching, Leadership, Project Management, Organizational Development, Systemic Thinking.
Aware Parenting Instructor after Dr. Aletha J. Solter "Aware Parenting Institute" website: www.awareparenting.com.
Intensive training in Theoretical and Practical Primal Therapy after Dr. Arthur Janov, by Esther Odermatt.
Working as a trainee at the Primärzentrum in St. Gallen under the supervision of Esther Odermatt.
Primal Therapist in joint practice in St. Gallen with Esther Odermatt.
Our work is based on the theory and practice of Dr. Arthur Janov, founder of
Since his discovery of Primal Therapy and the publication of his first book
"The Primal Scream" in 1970, the following books have been published by him:
- The Primal Revolution: Toward a Real World
- The Anatomy of Mental Illness
- The Feeling Child
- Primal Man: The New Consciousness
- Prisoners of Pain
- Imprints: The Lifelong Effects of the Birth Experience
- The New Primal Scream: Primal Therapy 20 Years On. He describes how the Therapy has developed and
changed in the last twenty years.
- Why You Get Sick, How You Get Well
- The Biology of Love
- Primal Healing
- The Janov Solution
- Life before Birth
Primal Therapy is a completely natural process, without the use of hypnosis
or consciousness-expanding drugs. This process begins in the present and leads
us to the past, where injuries took place which could not be fully integrated
into consciousness because of their force or violence.
We all know situations in which we overreact to a neutral stimulus:
- Situations which make us angry, so angry that we are frightened by the
intensity of our feelings.
- Situations which make us feel helpless, so helpless that we can't stop
- Situations where another person hurts us so much with a word or a gesture
that we are convinced that the person wanted to hurt us, that he or she did
it on purpose.
- Situations where we feel profoundly lonely, and this in a world full of
- Situations that push us into deepest despair, where life becomes completely
- Situations in where we can’t bear the screaming of our baby, the sobbing
or the temper tantrums of our child. The strength of our reaction frightens
- Situations in our private or professional life where we would like to make
a step forward but don't dare.
All these situations have one thing in common: we don't know why we react
the way we do; we are an enigma to ourselves.
In Primal Therapy you are leading: that means you know, even though unconsciously,
where your feelings will carry you, because only you know your own history.
After you have felt your feelings, you have the insights into your past, not
we. Our presence is needed to follow you where your feelings lead you, and to
help you if necessary to penetrate your defences softly, so that you can express
your feelings safely.
Our work differs from the Primal Center in Los Angeles in that we only work
with healthy adults and not with the psychically ill or teenagers. To work with
us you have to function in the present. That means you must have a job and earn
Contact us by phone or email,
or leave a message on the answering machine, telling us where we can reach you.
Or fill out the application form and mail it to us.
As soon as we have your address we will send you a questionnaire. Please fill
it out and return it with a brief autobiography and a current photo. This autobiography
should be two or three typed pages and should give us an overview of your childhood,
adolescence and adult life. Include both good and bad memories. Also, please
mention why you want to work with us and what you expect from it.
After receiving your questionnaire and your autobiography we will invite you
to an interview. Only after that will we be able to decide if we can work with
you. And you also will be able to make up your mind whether you really want
to work with us.
If you are accepted, we start with a three-week intensive period, beginning
at a mutually-arranged time. It contains fifteen individual sessions and four
group sessions. Individual sessions are open-ended: from experience they last
between one and a half and two hours, or more if needed. If needed means simply
that you have as much time as you need to feel and to integrate what you have
During the three weeks you must live alone in a hotel room or studio. You
must not work during this period, so that you have time for yourself and your
feelings. Please note that accommodation and meals are not included in the fees.
After the three-week intensive you go back to your daily life to integrate
what you have discovered, and come back again for groups, mini-retreats (group
on Friday, Saturday and Sunday) or individual sessions when needed.
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