Breaking Down the Walls of Silence

Konrad Stettbacher

  • J. Konrad Stettbacher

    Making Sense of Suffering

    Stettbacher is a psychotherapist in Switzerland, mostly known for his book Making Sense of Suffering (1991), which at the time received much appraisal from Alice Miller, who wrote the foreword. Stettbacher developed his own Primal Therapy and his book builds on the work of Arthur Janov and Alice Miller. He describes a four-step program that enables adults to reconstruct their histories, find and heal their primal childhood traumas.Despite some success stories, Alice Miller denounced him in 1996. Miller wrote: "I inform my readers that I no longer, in any way, support or recommend the therapy developed and practised by Mr. J. Konrad Stettbacher." The reasons she attributed spurred a lot of discussion on the Internet at the time. Though she never was a patient of Stettbacher, Miller's experience with Primal Therapy was with an unknown primal therapist in Switzerland.

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