The Pesso Boyden Bursary Fund
This was started by someone who had a structure with me (Juliet), and ‘gets’ the benefit of Pesso Boyden work, and the impact that it has. In PBSP we provide healing interactions so that the soul and the ego can develop in harmony. As Bessel Van Der Kolk notes in his book, The Body Keeps The Score, PBSP is invaluable for early damage created by minor (or serious) neglect; parents who were not really as loving as they should have been; and trauma.
Since then, other people who have benefited from PBSP themselves, and have seen the power of the work, have offered me a sum of money to use to benefit strangers – people unknown to the donor. Sometimes this comes without any conditions. Sometimes the donor prefers to make a request, for example: one benefactor asked that it should be used to fund people who are new to PBSP and who might really be helped by having one structure. Another donor gave me some money and asked that I use it for people who were already attending my groups, but who could only afford one structure – the donation is used to offer them a second structure at half price. One donor asked that his money be used for people who were trained as PBSP therapists to further their knowledge. Another has given for perpetrators and victims of sexual violence.
2016 A donor gave £1000
2017 A donor gave £1000
2018 A donor gave £10,000 (some of which he wanted to use to subsidise a named individual in an ongoing PBSP group for 3 years)
2019 Two donors gave £1250 (£750 and £500)
2020 Four donors gave £2415 (£250 and £1000 and £520 and £645)
2021 Four donors gave £2970 (£100, £100, £350, £520, £300, £60, £190, £250, £100, £1000)
2022 Six donors gave £3,740 (£2000, £800, 520, 150, 150, 120)
2023 One donor gave £5000
2023 One donor gave £1000 to be used for people who are training in PBSP
2023 One couple gave £10,000 to be used for one to one work and PBSP structures for perpetrators and victims of sexual violence.
Applicants (people applying for a subsidised place) should email firstname.lastname@example.org with a one page of A4 answering the following questions
1) What attracts you to PBSP
2) How ready do you feel to change
3) Please give brief details of your financial situation, and why you cannot afford to pay the full fee for the workshop
4) Which ongoing group or workshop you would like to attend (the list of available workshops is at www.therapyandcounselling.co.uk)
5) Your name, phone number (landline and mobile), address and email
Donors: If anyone else feels like adding a small donation to this, even £10 helps, it would be much appreciated, and will be used to help people who want to attend PBSP sessions but are unable to afford it.
Generally when someone gets a subsidised place, I use the subsidy to pay two thirds, and I (Juliet) personally subsidise this by one third.
As one of my clients said to me recently, this work is life-changing. And how lovely that someone is willing to fund this therapy for people who they don’t know and will never meet. THANK YOU to the anonymous donor!!!
HERE IS WHAT ONE PERSON WHO WAS HELPED BY A BURSARY HAS WRITTEN, TO ANYONE THINKING OF DONATING
A few years ago I heard of, and applied for, a bursary to assist me in paying for an 4 day experiential Pesso Boyden Therapy residential. I want to express my thanks for that opportunity. To be supported in that way was a new experience for me, and looking back, I see that generosity of support as an extension of the method itself.
At the time I attended the first residential I was 4 years into a talking therapy journey as a client. At the end of the that first residential I bounded up to Juliet and said ‘I want to train in this method, how do I make that happen?’
Now, some 4 years later I have completed the Pesso Boyden Therapy training, and am about to complete a counselling training. Next year, I have 6 days of Pesso Boyden group work booked into my diary where I will be facilitating with one of my peers from my training group.
Pesso Boyden is not the only thing I have done these last years, I have been working hard to heal in so many ways. However, it has made the biggest difference to my nervous system and to my ability to feel safe and loved. It has been transformational. Not only that, experiencing that first residential gave me the courage, and motivated me to change the direction of my life.
When I say that this would not have happened without the bursary I received, I really mean that. I could not afford the residential and I did not feel safe enough to take a risk on my own behalf.
The generosity of that donation was a significant factor in me bringing positive change into my life. A deeply heartfelt thank you if you have donated money to Juliet to support people coming to Pesso Boyden workshops, and if you haven’t donated yet, but think you would like to, I would like to say that it changes peoples lives. It has changed mine, and I have seen it change other people’, time and time again.