Primal Scream Therapy … Pseudoscience or Genius?!

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Have you ever screamed … out loud?  Not sitting in grid-locked traffic, not at your partner arguing over who locked the keys in the car, but a raw, guttural, agonizing scream that came from somewhere deep inside you, that you have become totally disconnected from?  A scream so jagged and saturated in pain, that the very release of it left you completely numb and void of every other human emotion?  It felt almost PRIMAL! 

This release leaves you utterly spent … standing in what is only the whispers of repressed emotions, rage and pain that you had buried deep for years. 

While there is an endless array of therapies that have been long accredited and recognized for their success in helping patients deal with repressed emotions and pain, connected to traumatic childhood events, Primal Scream Therapy is one I had not heard of till only recently.  And it has me intrigued as heck!

For every therapist who praises it, there are those who oppose it and want to debunk it, labelling it as pseudoscience. 

What is Primal Scream Therapy

Primal Scream Therapy was created by Dr. Arthur Janov in the late 1960’s and was publicly introduced in the 1970’s with his book The Primal Scream

While most psychologists can agree, at least to some extent, that mental illness can often be the result of, or associated with unresolved, traumatic childhood pain, that tends to be where the cordial conversation ceases. 

Janov claimed that this trauma and pain can be healed, by allowing a patient to re-experience those incidences and that pain FULLY.   And in that safe environment ,feel those emotions and release that pain through spontaneous, unrestrained and oftentimes intense screaming, yelling and sobbing. 

Seems to me that releasing deep pain has tremendous potential to heal, rather than swallowing emotional bile for years.

Be As Loud As You Want With The Scream Box … No One Will Know!

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What is a Scream Box? When is the last time you let out a massive scream?  I mean a raw, guttural, emotionally charged & intense scream!  The kind that leaves you with sweat on your brow, your skin tingling with electricity and ultimately, totally emotionally spent?!  Yeah … THAT kind of scream!  Felt good right?  Correction … it felt freaking amazing!

Scream Box Therapy

What is it about screaming that feels so good?  Well, I can only speak for myself, but this loud vocal exertion of emotion is incredibly cathartic and healing.  I mean, c’mon … how much can I, or anyone for that matter, be expected to keep bottled up inside, without eventually exploding all of THAT out?!  It’s a serious question and one I really want you to think about.

There plenty of research to support screaming as a credible therapy, to deal with trauma, pain, anger, anxiety, fear, etc.   For many people it simply works … and well.

The problem with screaming out loud as an emotional and therapeutic release is that, unless you have a place to go and do this that is private and/ or safe to do so, you really can’t.  And heaven forbid you just say F**K IT and scream yourself senseless … you have about 6 minutes before law enforcement is showing up on your doorstep with A TON of questions!


This is where a scream box can be your saving grace.  The scream box allows you to be as loud, as raw and as intense as you need to be.  The beauty in the design is that it stays within your own space.  And trust me … I’ve tested this out.  I live in a small apartment complex and not once did anyone show up at my door thinking I’d been brutally attacked.

The scream box?  Honestly … it’s a great tool to just let it ALL OUT!

3 Deadly Myths bout bulimia

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Many people thinks that bulimia is just an eating disorder with no health complications. In fact there have been many jokes in the media about bulimics.  However all these are untrue. Read on to find out about the three deadly myths of bulimia.

Bulimia Myth 1

You cannot die from bulimia.

Yes you can! Bulimics suffer a high risk of running into medical complications. This is especially so if you are purging your body of the nutrients that it needs by using laxatives, vomiting, excessive exercising and fasting. Did you know the constant vomiting in bulimia causes a serious electrolyte imbalance in your body. It depletes your body of the important ions. You could die from a cardiac arrest due to a potassium depletion in your body. Furthermore, due to all the vomiting, you could get yellow and rotting teeth too. This is from the gastric acid from your stomach. Not a pretty sight indeed.

Myth 2

Bulimia is a good way to lose weight.

Bulimia is not a good way to lose weight. The truth is bulimia does  not help anybody lose weight. It damages the body with all the alternating between the bingeing and the purging. You need to find a healthy alternative. Seek professional advice. Do not resort to bulimia to achieve the weight that you want, You could learn to eat your food and yet keep off the fat at the same time.

Myth 3

Bulimia only applies to people who eat large quantities of food and vomit them out

There are many ways to get rid of the food that you have just consumed. A bulimic could use laxatives or enemas to stimulate the dumping process. They could also try and vomit it out . Other instances are such as excessive exercising, chronic dieting and fasting.

In conclusion, bulimia is a deadly eating disorder. So educate yourself today about bulimia. You can have your cake and eat it too and bulimia is not the way to go. Remember that!

At the root of bulimia is a need to feel in control. While purging is a strategy for controlling weight, bingeing is an attempt to calm depression, stress, shame, and even boredom. The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia offers new and healthy ways to overcome the distressing feelings and negative body-image beliefs that keep you trapped in this cycle.

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DBT and Bulimia

Dr. Patsy B. Evans L.M.H.C., D.O.M., Ph.D.

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Dr. Patsy Evans a.k.a. Dr. Harmony is one of Florida’s leading Clinical Sexologists and Traumatologists. She brings her unique blend of skills and education specializing in Kink Culture and Sexuality, Relationship Counseling, Executive, Leadership and Business Coaching, Traumatology, Crisis Management, Dispute Resolution, Diplomatic Relations, and Negotiation, and Corporate Culture Transformation. Dr. Evans is the founder of the Kink Aware Therapy Certification Institute and Harmonyus Inc. Dr. Harmony is a Florida Licensed Acupuncture Physician, License Mental Health Counselor, Clinical Sexologist and Supreme Court Certified Family Court Mediator (retired).

Through her own personal experiences and her unique insights, she has forged an extraordinarily successful methodology designed to conquer overwhelming emotions which may be interfering with your daily life, relationships, work and health. Her accreditation and certifications are extensive and her resume is impressive, but it is her character, insight and her complete engagement that makes her the counselor of choice for her clients. She is both endearing and personable but is also an acute observer; all qualities which help facilitate her disarming approach to assessment and treatment. Working with Dr. Harmony is at once both reassuring and comforting. As a trauma survivor, she can relate to many of the issues facing today’s individuals and families as they head into what may be uncharted and intimidating territory for them.

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