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New US PBSP Association & Training Program

To the PBSP Community

As much as we are all in mourning for our cherished and esteemed leaders, Albert Pesso and Diane Boyden Pesso, we want to assure everyone who cares about the system of psychotherapy which they created, that PBSP is still alive and well.

In addition to an ongoing, vibrant European PBSP Community, there is also a lively PBSP community in the United States!  We are the Trainers and Supervisors trained and certified by Al Pesso.  We worked with Al right up to the last days of his life.  Al knew that no one person would take over his role in the United States, and he commissioned us as a group to take PBSP into the future.  Eight of us have taken on this mission.

We are forming a US Psychomotor Association which will manage membership and certification issues in the very near future.  We have constructed a website ( to be the official communication site (Al Pesso came up with the name).  This fall beginning on September 30th, there will be a training program conducted in Minneapolis/St Paul.  On May 6, 2017, in conjunction with our yearly retreat, we trainers and supervisors will be sponsoring a day-long conference with workshops, seminars and social gatherings in St Paul, MN.  We expect this to turn into a yearly PBSP conference.

So, if you care as much as we do about keeping PBSP growing, check into our new website often, as well as Al’s website being administrated by his daughter, Tana, to keep current with the latest developments.

May you lead lives of satisfaction, pleasure, connectedness and meaning!

Jim Amundsen,  Sandy Canfield, Jim Cotton, Matt Fried, Gus Kaufman, Jr., Curt Levang, Robbin McInturff, Debbie Willbur

Very Sad News

Very Sad News

100_1506FullResForCIPbookDear friends,

It is with profound sadness that I inform you on behalf of my sisters that our beloved father, Al Pesso, died suddenly on May 19th after a long illness and seven months hospitalization. There will be a joint memorial service for both our mother and father in Cambridge, MA in late summer at a time and date to be determined.

Anyone wishing to share thoughts, memories, or media about our father is welcome to do so on his tribute page which can be found here:

Extending a warm hug to all who loved him and will miss him,

Tana Pesso

(Al’s eldest daughter)

Retirement Announcement

Retirement Announcement


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Dear friends, colleagues, and clients,

I am writing today to announce my retirement as a therapist and teacher. As many of you know, for the past five months I have been battling a series of health challenges including hemothorax, many rounds of pneumonia, congestive heart failure, endocarditis, arrhythmia, blood infections, anemia, and multiple myeloma which has compromised my immune system. I have come to realize it is impossible to continue my training schedule under these health conditions and that for the foreseeable future my time would best be spent writing the books and articles that have been on a back burner for years.

I thank you all for your well wishes during this difficult time and look forward to the next rich chapter of my life bringing PBSP theory and practice to the world through my writing rather than in person as a therapist and a teacher.

With the wonderfully talented, dedicated, and well trained cadre of PBSP therapists, supervisors, and trainers that exist I know that the practice and teaching of PBSP will be secure in their capable hands and carried on to the highest standards for the benefit of the world in the future.

I wish you all happiness, health, well-being, satisfaction, and meaning in your lives.

With love as always,


(Note from Tana Pesso: Since late October except for 10 days at home Al has been in hospitals and at Spaulding Rehab.  Anyone wishing to contribute to his medical expenses and recovery fund may do so via his Go Get Funding site. Thank you for your kindness and generosity!)

Diane’s Obituary

Diane’s Obituary

Scan10006Diane Boyden Pesso, beloved wife of Albert Pesso and daughter of Martha L. Birchby and F. Wendell Boyden, died of ALZ on Mar. 4, 2016 in Chestnut Hill, MA. Born Aug. 8, 1929 she leaves her husband, 3 daughters, Tana Pesso, Tasmin Pesso, and Tia Pesso Powell and 4 grandchildren, Chris F. Edley III, Kyra Chu Pesso, Jono Pesso Chu, and Xoren Pesso Powell.

With her powerful intellect, compassion, and fiercely independent and creative mind she along with her husband created Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor (an interactive process that creates new body-based memories to heal emotional deficits of the past) in the early 1960’s.

Diane began her career in the field of dance.As a young woman, she studied under the legendary modern choreographer, Jose Limon, and was a favorite of the renowned Creative Movement pioneer and teacher, Barbara Metler. In high school she ran her own dance studio. Winning numerous scholarships, she continued her dance education at Bennington College under Martha Hill, founder of Julliard’s dance department.

Diane went on to teach dance at Wheaton, Emerson, and BU’s Sargent colleges. In the 1950’s she and her husband established a dance school in Quincy  with 500 students which taught primarily modern dance, creative movement, and choreography to children and teenagers.

She was a PBSP therapist at McLean Hospital, the Director of Psychomotor Therapy at the New England Rehab Hospital (now Spaulding Rehabilitation) Pain Unit, had a private PBSP practice, and as Vice President of the Psychomotor Institute trained psychotherapists in PBSP certification programs in America and Europe.

In addition, as a dedicated utopian thinker Diane was years ahead of her time in her attempts in the late 1960’s to create a multi age, race, creed, and income community that would have conserved land and have offered shared space for education, art, cooking, and other community activities.

A free spirit with a deeply compassionate wish to heal all the wounds of the world, Diane will be deeply missed by friends and family who remain inspired by her life’s work and unique soul.

A memorial service will be held in late Spring.  Anyone kindly wishing to make a donation in Diane’s memory and honor may do so here:

Very Sad News About My Dear Wife, Diane Boyden Pesso

Very Sad News About My Dear Wife, Diane Boyden Pesso



Dear friends,

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that my beloved wife, Diane Boyden Pesso, died early this morning of Alzheimer’s disease. She was without pain or fear in her final days, so that is a blessing.

We will arrange a memorial service for sometime later in the year and will let you know about the date and place when our plans firm up. We have also set up a remembrance page for anyone who might like to share their stories and memories of my dear wife and life partner. You can find it here:

I am currently back at Mass General Hospital in Boston with a bout of pneumonia, but can be reached by phone and email as always.

Thank you for your friendship and kind support over the years.

In sadness,

Al Pesso

New Podcast:  Understanding The Psychological Causes & Conditions Of Terrorism

New Podcast: Understanding The Psychological Causes & Conditions Of Terrorism


In this new podcast, “Understanding The Psychological Causes & Conditions Of Terrorism,” from Levevei James Alexander Arnfinsen interviews Al Pesso.

“In this episode I’m once again joined by American psychologist Albert Pesso, who together with his wife created Pesso-Boyden System Psychomotor (PBSP). Albert is, together with notable figures such as Peter Levine and Alexander Lowen, the recipient of  a Lifetime Achievement Award issued by the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP). I’ve had the great privilege of attending a PBSP-group for two years, a group that was led by one of his students, in Norway. In our first conversation we explored some of the most important aspects of PBSP, and how it can effect change on a personal level. In this episode we shift our focus to terrorism, and Al lays out a mental model for how we can understand the psychological underpinnings and dynamics that drive the terrorist impulse.”

To hear the podcast and read more of the summary click here.

Jan 2015 Video Of Introductory Lecture On Making New Memories To A PBSP Experiential Group

Jan 2015 Video Of Introductory Lecture On Making New Memories To A PBSP Experiential Group

Parts 1 & 2 of a video of a January 2015 introductory lecture by Al Pesso on making new memories to a PBSP experiential group in Birmingham, Alabama.

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.

At age 85, Albert Pesso is one of three living masters of body psychotherapy. His contributions to the field over the past 50 years are innumerable; he has written or contributed to almost a dozen books and written more than 50 articles along with leading seminars worldwide in the Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor (PBSP) mind body approach he co-founded with his wife, Diane Boyden-Pesso. Pesso was honored as the 7th recipient of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the August 2012 USABP Conference in Boulder, Colorado.

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