because the Wolf travels with you."
-- Danish proverb
". . . the wolf of my childhood -- my fear, pain and rage -- was always with me, always lurking, ready to pounce at any moment."
A most poignant story was her recounting of the occasion, when on a trip to a neighborhood grocery store to make a purchase for her father, she spent a penny from his change on candy for herself. Even though the purchase had been made with her mother's understanding, her father used the occasion to again beat her unmercifully.The book contains many examples of the techniques used in primal therapy to both trigger and intensify feelings which arise during therapy sessions.
Alexander has been practicing primal therapy for twenty years. She writes that the therapy she practices at her northern California center is different from standard primal therapy in both its theoretical approaches to homosexuality and to the transference question.
She believes the former is not a neurotic symptom and feels that continued weekly private sessions is preferable to group primalling. She calls her therapy, Deep Feeling Therapy, and keeps her post-intensive groups small. She also feels that often it is preferable for the patient to have the same therapist from beginning to end, since a committed relationship encourages growth and healing.
She does not discuss the possible therapist blind spots, which some claim, can impede therapeutic progress from on-going therapy with the same therapist. But, apart from the transference question, is her brand of therapy so different from regular primal therapy so as to warrant a separate classification? I do not believe so.Who would benefit from primal-type therapy? The author believes that there are two such classes of people. Those with painful feelings who suspect that their feelings are inappropriate and those who are so shut down that they have lost their ability to feel. Those of you who have back copies of the Journal of Primal Therapy may be interested in reading an interview with the author which appeared in the Spring, 1975 issue. And yes, after primal therapy, Theresa Alexander was able to attend college. She went on to earn her Master's degree, unhampered by her previously incapacitating fear.