Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor: Closed Ongoing Groups with Juliet Grayson
The Pesso Boyden system is a profound body based therapy that aims to help clients to be more of who they truly are. The aim of PBSP is for clients to move towards living a life of pleasure, satisfaction, meaning and connectedness. A core principle of PBSP, as Al Pesso, the co-founder says, is that “we are made to be able to be happy in an imperfect world, that is endlessly unfolding.”
PBSP is an individual therapy that is usually done within a group (although one to one sessions are also possible). During a structure, whch is the name given to a client session, the client begins talking about what is happening right now, or about an issue that has been bothering them. The therapist will listen carefully, and help the client to become more aware of the way that they are thinking about this issue, by externalising the inner landscape of their mind. They will pay attention to where the root of the pattern may be found, which is often in the client’s history. Then, the therapist and client carefully co-create an alternative history, that more closely fits what the client needed as a child. This is done using group members to role play Ideal Figures that were needed in the client’s past. Thus we help the client to create a symbolic, believable, alternative history that is an improvement on the client’s real history. In PBSP we work with both the soul and the ego, to fill childhood deficits, develop the thinking part of the client, deepen their awareness of their own process, support them to integrate and unify their polarities (such as power and vulnerability, or mind and body), and help them to fulfill their unique potentiality.
The shape of the day for an ongoing group: the day starts with a brief introduction from each of the group members. Juliet will then facilitate four structures during the day, usually two before lunch and two after lunch. We close with a few words from group members.
Juliet Grayson runs five different ongoing groups in the UK. Two of these groups are based in South Wales (Chepstow), and the other three groups meet in Bristol (Clifton), Oxfordshire (Didcot), and London (Teddington). The Bristol, Oxfordshire and London groups meet for two whole days – four times a year (making a total of eight days). The two Welsh groups each meet for 5 individual days spread over a year. Juliet offers two residential, 4 day, PBSP workshops each year, in Somerset (usually in March, and November). Please note that one of the Welsh groups is unusual, having a particular focus – called the ‘Slippery Slope Group’, some members (but not all) struggle with sexually inappropriate behaviour.
The groups are closed for a year at a time, meaning that they do not take in new members. But once a year, each group ‘opens up’ and welcomes new members (subject to space). Usually, the Bristol group takes new members in February, Oxfordshire in March, and the London group in July. The Welsh group takes new members in during October, and the Welsh Slippery Slope Group opens in January (although this group tries to accommodate new members at other times too). The costs depends on which group you join and how many structures you choose to have. Prices vary from from £450 for an observer participant place, £650 with one structure,£1250 for 3 structures, to £1900 if you want to have 5 structures.