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Primal integration therapy -school of Lake
Lake qualified medically at Edinburgh in 1937 and became a missionary doctor and parasitologist in India. He returned to England to train in psychiatry and in 1958 began introducing counselling skills to the Churches. Lake worked with LSD 25 from 1954 to 1969 when he began using also a method of deep breathing. The insights Lake gained into the mother-fetal effects were to be corroborated in other fields, sociology and criminology, obstetrics and biochemistry. Lake was encouraged by the earlier discernment of pre- and perinatal influences by Fodor, Peerbolte, Mott, Winnicott and Swartley, and highly critical of Freud's volte-face having first backed Rank's emphasis on the birth trauma. This had seriously delayed primal integration work. Lake found that the patient must become conscious of the original context of a primal memory, in order to re-integrate the separate memory systems. Working with large numbers, he discovered a convincing common memory of the complete primal journey. He led patients through the primal journey so they each could explore their own pre- and perinatal experiences. He defended scientifically the feasibility that cell memory could antedate brain memory, quoting his own research and also that of Dryden and Pribram. Lake held that, to benefit society, counselling needed a socially validated group base. Women needed help, especially at the stage of childbearing, to feel valued and to value any child they may bear. Their offspring would be less prone to d
ISSN : 0943-5417
The International journal of prenatal and perinatal psychology and medicine A. 1999, vol. 11, n° 4, pp. 437-457 [bibl. : 1 p.1/4]
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