WHAT IS PBSP?
Created in 1961 by Albert Pesso and Diane Boyden-Pesso, Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor (PBSP) is the most advanced therapeutic system available for emotional re-education or reprogramming. PBSP heals past emotional deficits using unique processes called ‘Structures’ and ‘Microtracking™’ that help clients to identify emotional deficits and create ‘new memories’. These ‘new memories’ provide symbolic fulfillment of the basic developmental needs of place, nurture, support, protection and limits. With the inclusion of ‘Holes and Roles,’ the latest innovation in PBSP theory and technique, therapists learn how to provide a highly effective and streamlined approach to reducing resistance, negative transference, and somatic overload. Many aspects of PBSP theories and techniques have close parallels in recent neuroscience findings about mirror neurons, empathy, morality, and the impact of language on the theory of mind.
To learn more about PBSP theory and techniques click here.
In her book, ‘Secrets, Lies, & Betrayals: The Body/Mind Connection,’ Maggie Scarf devotes three chapters to PBSP characterizing it as ‘one of the most remarkably compelling of the alternative (power) therapies.’
WHAT CAN PBSP BE USED FOR?
PBSP has been found to be highly effective in the treatment of anxiety, depression, sexual, drug, and alcohol abuse, and many other traumas. It has been employed in family therapy, couples therapy, pastoral counseling, and executive coaching. In 2009, the international humanitarian organization, GTZ, began a program with Al Pesso’s guidance to adapt PBSP to address the traumas of rape and violence in the DRC. Therapists utilizing PBSP techniques can help clients to create happier, healthier, more productive, and hope-filled lives. Widely known as “the therapists’ therapy,” many therapists turn to PBSP for their own personal work.
“If you want to really learn how to work on family of origin issues, and how to use body information in your therapy, go straight to PBSP and the foremost therapist in that field, Al Pesso.” Gus Napier, Ph.D., author of ‘The Family Crucible’ & ‘The Fragile Bond.’
WHERE HAS PBSP BEEN PRACTICED & TAUGHT?
Thousands of therapists have trained in PBSP and it is now practiced by certified PBSP therapists in the US and 11 countries worldwide. Harvard Univ., McLean Hospital, Tufts, B.U., Univ. of Groningen, Univ. of Frieburg, Univ. of Osnabruck, and the Free University of Amsterdam are among the many institutions where lectures and programs have been offered in PBSP theories and techniques. Training is available in workshops, modular programs, and full certification.
“Over the past 40 years, Al Pesso and Diane Boyden-Pesso have perfected an extraordinarily effective technique, PBSP, providing people with experiences that were missing during their growth and development. The artistry of [the PBSP] ‘structure’ can be a unique and profoundly life-altering experience.” Bessel van der Kolk, MD, BU School of Medicine, and director of the Trauma Center in Boston and the Complex Trauma Treatment Network.
THE SAD DAY HAS COME …..
We are profoundly saddened to announce that Albert and Diane Pesso have passed away. Diane Boyden Pesso died on March 4, 2016 and Al died soon thereafter on May 19, 2016. Their obituaries and tributes can be read here for Diane and here for Al.
We are pleased to announce our new store on this website where we will be making available current and archival books, articles, slideshows, and videos primarily via Amazon’s Kindle digital download service. Our first five books include digital versions of Al Pesso’s 1969 and 1972 NYU Press books, “Movement in Psychotherapy” and “Experience In Action” which have been out of print for years and difficult to come by. They both contain well organized presentations of all the core foundation PBSP concepts and practices (pre- Holes In Roles). In addition, we are pleased to offer David Cooper’s very fine compendium of PBSP theories and techniques drawn from my lectures, a book comprised of transcriptions and my commentary on three PBSP therapy structures that I led, and a collection of my presentations at various conferences from 1984 to 2012. In the coming months we will be adding more books, articles, and videos, so please check back often to see what is available. Click here to go to our new website store.
Al Pesso, PBSP Co-Founder, was honored by the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy to receive their Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual conference on August 12th, 2013 in Boulder, CO. The prior award recipients were: John Pierrakos, Alexander Lowen, Ilana Rubenfeld, Stanley Keleman, Ron Kurtz, and Peter Levine. To learn more about the award and the conference go to www.usabp.org. To learn more about Al’s special contributions to the field of Body Psychotherapy read the USABP’s March Bulletin in Somatic Psychotherapy Today.
To read transcripts of the introduction speech by Ann Ladd, USABP Board Director & Conference Chair, and Al’s acceptance speech click here.
To learn more about PBSP Co-Founder, Al Pesso click here.
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“STATE OF MIND – HEALING TRAUMA” DOCUMENTARY ON PBSP’S HUMANITARIAN WORK IN THE DR CONGO
“State of Mind – Healing Trauma,” Democratic Republic of Congo 2010, 52 min. A SUKA! Production by Djo Tunda Wa Munga. “In war torn countries people will not be able to be productive and development will fail until they overcome their trauma. Yet, Is it even possible for a country overwhelmed by the legacy of five million deaths to successfully heal and move on? That is the underlying question in Congolese documentary filmmaker Djo Munga’s powerful film STATE OF MIND, about the use of psychotherapy to talk about loss, forgiving, and finding new memories to overlay the traumatic older ones.
Pioneering therapist Albert Pesso is invited to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, where many people suffer from years of post traumatic stress disorder. Pesso is there to train health practitioners in symbolic interaction, a form of relatively short-term, group-session based, psychotherapy. In the training sessions the health care workers themselves, many of whom are also survivors of horrendous violence, work through the therapeutic process with Pesso. STATE OF MIND: HEALING TRAUMA captures the sessions in a series of fly-on-the-wall scenes, and candid, heartbreaking interviews with the participants put the effort in a larger context. A layered, engrossing and intriguing look at a national collective trauma and one ambitious initiative to try and heal wounds.
“Al Pesso, a Master therapist from the U.S. demonstrates how the language of trauma and recovery transcends language and culture, and that it is possible to install a sense of safety and protection in even the most traumatized individuals. A remarkable achievement.” —Bessel van der Kolk, MD, Director, National Complex Trauma Treatment Network
2010 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam / 2010 Dokfest Munich / 2011 Western Psychological Association Conference
TRAILER FOR “STATE OF MIND – HEALING TRAUMA”
NEW SPANISH PBSP BOOK, “LA TERAPIA PESSO-BOYDEN”
“La Terapia Pesso-Boyden: Para Lograr Una Vida llena De Placer, Satisfacción, Significado Y Conexión.”
By Diane Boyden-Pesso, Lowijs Perquin, Albert Pesso, Translated by Montserrat Foz Casals
Primer libro en español con los mejores artículos escritos por los fundadores de la Terapia Pesso-Boyden. Ésta terapia se enseña en mas de 10 paises alrededor del mundo. Su trabajo sirve para educar a las personas. “Estamos hechos para ser felices en un mundo imperfecto” – dice el autor.
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