Curriculum Vitae of Diane Boyden-Pesso


780 Boylston Street

Boston, MA 02199

Telephone (603) 731-8118


Date of Birth: August 8, 1929

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts

Citizenship: USA

Married, 3 adult children, 4 grandchildren



 1948-50 Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, scholarship student

1942-46 The Woodward School, Quincy, Massachusetts


Professional Positions

 1971 to Present

Vice-President of the Psychomotor Institute, Inc.

Senior Trainer

Psychomotor Institute, Inc.

 1972 to Present

Senior Trainer in Psychomotor Therapy (PBSP)

Long term certification training programs for practicing psychotherapists

in the United States, The Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Switzerland,

Germany, Israel, Denmark, The Czech Republic and Brazil.


Pesso Boyden Psychomotor Therapy

New England Rehabilitation Hospital, Pain Unit, Boston, MA


Psychomotor Therapist

McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA

Psychomotor therapist for patients


Co-founded Psychomotor therapy (PBSP) (with spouse Albert Pesso)


Instructor in Dance

Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts


Instructor in Dance

Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts


Instructor in Physical Education and Dance

Sargent College, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts


Co-Director of Dance (with spouse Albert Pesso)

The Dance Center – emotional and creative movement studios, Quincy and

Boston MA



Pesso Dance Company, concert dance group


Professional Dancer

Several NYC off-Broadway shows and numerous performances in the US


Dance Soloist and actor

National touring company, “Kiss Me Kate”



 Pesso, Albert and Diane. From Art to Psychotherapy. Voices: Journal of

American Academy of Psychotherapists. Winter 1975-76. Pp.54 – 56

Pesso, Diane. Diane Boyden Pesso on PBSP* Technique, 1987


Partial List of Lectures, Programs and Presentations


1st Annual New England Institute in Psychomotor Therapy, Salve Regina

College, Newport By-the-Sea, Newport RI -June 29 – July 2, 1970


Intensive programs: Psychomotor Institute, Boston MA


Training Institute: Continuing Education of the Therapist. The American

Academy of Psychotherapists Training Institute and Annual Conference. Atlanta,

Georgia. Oct. 1-5


Workshops: Jan – May, conducted for students at Lake

Grove School, NY

 Presentation: Eastern Regional AHP Conferences in Atlantic City NJ

 Professional Workshops: PSP (PBSP) Three Year Training Program and Dutch

Psychomotorisch Organization, June 21 -24: Amsterdam & June 26 – July 1,

Orvelte, Netherlands

Presentation : AHP Conference. Aug : Princeton NJ

 Workshop: New England Center, Oct 16 -17. Amherst MA


Workshop: Stichting Foundation Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Group from

Dutch Psychomotor Association -Jan 26 – 29

Presentation: Eastern Region AHP, Atlantic City NJ -March 31


Presentation: 12th Annual Eastern Regional Conference AHP, May 7-8-9.

Philadelphia, PA. Reaching Out: Human Relationships in the 80s


Seminar. Psychomotor Institute, Introduction to Psychomotor for Members of the

Helping Professions, Boston, MA, June 27 – 28

 Southeastern Psychomotor Society (SEPS) hosts the Second Pesso Boyden

System/Psychomotor International Meeting Days, Atlanta GA,

April 13 – 16


Third International PBSP Conference, Pesso Vereinigung of

Switzerland/Germany (PVSD), Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 1996, Basel, Switzerland.

 Conference Institute: Conference on Psychological Trauma, Bessell van der Kolk,

Director, Harvard Medical School, Department of Continuing Education:

Psychomotor Therapy. Boston, MA


Co-Presenter: (with Albert Pesso). HRI-Arbour Hospital, Special

Eight session training program in Psychomotor(PBSP). Brookline, MA


Conference Institute: Psychomotor Therapy. Conference on Psychological Trauma,

Boston University School of Medicine. Boston MA


Preconference Institute: Trauma Conference, Boston University School of

Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. April 8

 Training: Massachusetts Mental Health, Department of Continuing Education,

Short term training for professional therapists. Boston MA, Nov. 19-20


Pre-conference Institute: Trauma Conference, Boston University School of

Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Boston MA, Mar. 9



Diane Boyden-Pesso, in collaboration with Albert Pesso, is working on the

development of video training capsules for Psychomotor Therapy training that

will facilitate the learning process for psychotherapists. Al and Diane, with the

assistance of the Psychomotor Institute and the rapidly expanding network of

Psychomotor organizations and individuals, are developing systems and materials

for safe-guarding and maintaining the essential principles and high standards of

Psychomotor for future generations. Currently, there are approximately 250

therapists in long term PBSP training programs in the USA and nine other