Our work takes place in Brighton and Haywards Heath - please apply to us directly for prices.
Most of the therapeutic work we offer takes the form of individual sessions, up to one and a half hours long. A longer timespan is occasionally negotiated. The focus of the work usually starts with the present day and then gradually focuses back on the past via particular feelings and issues that surface. Regular work in sessions may skip the present day focus to go directly to what has been established by the client as the cause of the pain. Clients may also work directly on the relationship with their therapist, which may resonate with a past painful relationship with a parent or authority figure.
Classically, primal therapy always began with an intensive - five days a week of daily sessions, usually for three weeks. We still offer this way of starting therapy, which certainly can help get you in touch with more issues, in a deeper way, than conventional once a week work. The continuity of daily sessions provides an arena where an atmosphere of trust can grow without defences re-establishing themselves as they might do between weekly sessions. The sessions are one and a half hours long, which gives enough time to explore the issues and feel the feelings that are repressed. Please note that we do not offer intensives in London.
Both Franklin and Jan are trained in conventional couples counselling. In recent years, Franklin has also developed a way of working with couples where both the relationship and individual personal issues can be worked with. How couples relate to each other is invariably influenced by the childhood experiences of each of them, and the mix of couples work and primal work can be very healing.
When the person you are most intimate with is there as a supportive witness, very powerful individual work can take place. This can help relationships heal because of the tremendous reciprocal empathy that can develop when partners witness and understand the origins of their partner's pain.
Sometimes it is impossible to get to a session and be with us face to face. This may be because they live too far away or because they feel too vulnerable to make what is, in other situations, an ordinary journey. We encourage the client to be somewhere safe when they ring, where they know they will not be interrupted. The session is booked and paid for by prior arrangement.
We do not offer reduced rates for new clients, but we do each reserve a few reduced rate places for existing clients if they experience financial hardship.
Free Initial Chat
If you have never heard of Primal Therapy, or want to meet us before you decide whether or not to work with us, you are welcome to meet us for a free half-hour chat. There is no obligation on either you or us to take things any further. This can also be really helpful if you are unsure whether you would rather work with a man or a woman, for example.
Franklin can work in French and Spanish. Sometimes it can be helpful for people whose native tongue is not English to actually do their therapy in English - it can provide the "distance" that might be necessary. In those situations, we gradually encourage use of the client's original language, no matter what it is, to recover deeper feelings. We have successfully worked with Greek, Polish, Russian and Gaelic in this way.