The purpose of the International Primal
Association (IPA) is to explore, study, research, and promote
forms of psychotherapy and growth, including those
that emphasize uncovering and resolving traumatic experiences,
and to develop a community that is congruent with the principles
developed from this work.
The IPA is a non-profit organization founded in 1973. Its
membership is made up of professional and lay persons interested
in exploring and advancing primal abreaction and other forms
of deep feeling psychotherapy and growth. Members come from
a broad cross section of backgrounds, occupations, and interests.
The IPA seeks to provide a safe and honest environment for
validation of the Self as an individual, the Self as a community
member, and the Self as a professional practitioner. Those
sharing or seeking this path of self-discovery may enjoy the
social events and joyous community activities built into the
IPA's way of BEING.
Experiencing deeply the feeling Self.
Uncovering and healing crippling traumatic experiences
in the person's past.
Expressing repressed feelings, pain, and needs as part
of the healing process.
Exploring the uncharted realms of the human psyche.
Encouraging vocational satisfaction.
Nurturing and encouraging creativity.
Developing forms of community and social cooperation that
are congruent with an authentic deep feeling approach to
The IPA respects and appreciates the pioneering work of Arthur
Janov. However, the IPA is not affiliated in any way with
Arthur Janov or the Primal Institute of Los Angeles.
The desire to reach and process deep conscious and unconscious
human experience, thus releasing the crippling effects of
repression, is common to IPA members.
We honor the work of many pioneers in the field. The paths
are diverse but the end is unified: to help integrate body,
mind, and spirit in a natural, inner directed, fully alive
individual capable of being.
IPA Statement of Essence
The International Primal Association is a community of feeling-oriented
people, interacting within an atmosphere of love, acknowledgement,
permission, and support, who highly value primal process,
abreaction, primals, and other deep feeling work as modalities
for promoting healing, loving, growing, wholeness, authenticity,