What is Pesso Boyden Therapy
The endless act of becoming” Al Pesso 1961
In the last two decades of his life, Al Pesso, co-founder of Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor (PBSP), integrated depth psychology and body work with the latest neuroscience. This created a unique process of healing that centres on the creation of a ‘new memory’ from which a grounded, more joyful and altogether larger life may be lived.
… gentle, but powerful. it helps us to manage the voices that we all have that don’t come from our true self, but from learned responses/ behaviour. the work has helped me to free myself of inherited family patterns and dynamics.
How does Pesso Boyden Therapy work?
PBSP is a mind-body approach to emotional well-being and peak performance.
It is a systematic and highly respectful therapy which helps clients become aware of their internal maps or blueprints for living. These maps, formed early in our lives, often limit present-day attitudes and decision-making.
Unmet needs from the past don’t just go away. They create problems when transferred into present-day contexts. Quality of life in the present is diminished by strategies and behaviours that helped us to survive past difficulties.
The Pesso Boyden therapist targets these deeply-rooted emotional processes and constraining patterns. Clients are helped to move beyond pure insight to mend historical damage with an emotional solution. The disappointments of early life experiences are retrospectively repaired through precisely-constructed experiences in a group setting.
People report more pleasure and satisfaction in life, greater meaning as their sense of self grows, and increased connectedness in their key relationships. This changed inner stance changes their perspective on life’s dilemmas and difficulties.
…an affirming system that allows the safe exploration of personal issues. Benefits come not just from being a client because deep learnings are also available from assisting and observing other clients’ work.
What is meant by ‘new memory’?
The PBSP approach provides individuals with new, ‘symbolic memories,’ embedded in contemporary experience during their PBSP session which is known as ‘a structure’.
These alternative, life-enhancing memories meet clients’ primal needs to be fully seen and understood. The effect is to lessen the power of trauma or unmet developmental needs and to disrupt unhelpful patterns in present-day life. Clients connect with their true selves and consequently experience more pleasure, satisfaction, meaning and connectedness with others in daily life.
It had a strong impact. This was my first experience of Pesso Boyden. Helping with other people’s structures was incredibly heart-opening and I felt great unity with the group.