“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.
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.
“I am often asked about the people I work with who commit sexual offences. “Have they all been sexually abused?” Hudson Allez, speaking from 25 years experience of working with these people, says, “They may not all have been sexually abused – but if you ask, ‘Have they all experienced trauma?’ then it is a yes. Every time. There is trauma in their history.” (Hudson Allez 2012)
Since we know that histories impact upon present-day behavior (Perquin 2004a; Pesso 1997) surely this damage should be addressed as a vital and necessary part of the work of rehabilitation (Hudson Allez 2010). As Morgan and Findlater say, “Research has highlighted that difficulties in attachment are more prevalent in all offenders versus non offenders, but … sexual and violent offenders report greater levels of attachment difficulties than some other types of offender.” (Morgan & Findlater 2012, p. 26) Some professionals fear that working with childhood issues of offenders could encourage offenders to see themselves as victims. I see it differently. I think we should be working on the trauma and poor attachment which is the root cause of these issues, alongside therapy specifically focused on stopping the offending behaviour.”
In this podcast of a spontaneous, detailed, and at times humorous lecture at Freiburg University Al Pesso presents the key concepts that frame PBSP’s philosophy of making new memories. It is presented in both English and German (total time 2 hours).
To listen to the podcast of Pesso’s lecture click here.
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