Primal Therapy in Australia Today

Primal Therapy has been practiced in Australia (Melbourne) for over 30 years.

Although we practice from Janovian principles we have evolved over the years due the paediatric work of the late Dr John Spensley. We have also incorporated aspects of Colin Ross’s Trauma Model, John Briere’s Complex Trauma Model, Ellert Nijenhuis’s work on Dissociation together with Inner Child work.

There is now much evidence to support intrinsic emotional processing through re-experiencing of past painful experiences as an inherent form of trauma processing. This is true for any trauma including traumas that occur before birth, during birth and throughout childhood.

Many people who are suffering do not define their childhood as traumatic and this may stop them from considering primal therapy as therapeutic approach. Trauma as we define it includes not only specific events (e.g. before or during birth and early childhood) but also chronic lack of love and healthy parenting from conception onwards. We define this as Attachment Trauma.

It is within this framework that we support people to access their feelings and build confidence in the feeling process.

“To have a safe place with no distractions to explore the feelings that have been coming up. To be guided by professional sitters. To force myself to be with myself and my feelings and push as far as possible into the fear and defences.”
Name withheld for confidentiality
Australia

Our Approach

Primal Therapy Australia has been created as a feeling facility; a safe place for you to feel.

Our approach is gentle; we provide a non-judgmental environment which encourages you to take control of your therapy journey.

We have found that when beginning primal therapy it is essential that people go at their own pace and access their feelings gradually. Feeling safe with the therapist and having a degree of trust with emotional processing will in time provide access to the deeper feelings.

We also believe that feeling work must go hand in hand with psycho-education as this help you understand what happened to you, why you feel the way you do and the process that you’re going through in therapy.Over time, this is very empowering and further contributes towards safety and healing.

If you are interested in finding out more about primal therapy and if it is the next step for you please contact us to speak with a therapist.

“Primal Therapy has been a refuge from the scariness that pervades my life. A place to begin to express my innermost fears and anxiety with the caring assistance of loving and compassionate people. For the first time in my life I have felt safe expressing myself with Primal Therapy Australia Centre support. An important part of my primal experience has been journeying in many instances, common experiences and childhood trauma events with fellow ‘primalers’; a profound and reinforcing experience.”
Name withheld for confidentiality
Australia

“Before I started therapy I was thinking I had some mental problems. I was afraid of something in me. It makes me black, down; like I’m bad. Even now I feel it’s in me. But I am not afraid of that like before.”
Name withheld for confidentiality
Japan

“Primal was the biggest, scariest leap in my personal growth and still the most real for me.”
Name withheld for confidentiality
Australia

“I would recommend Primal Therapy to anyone but I feel that people must come to a decision to do it on their own. In other words I am very wary about recommending any therapy.”
Name withheld for confidentiality
Australia