Techniques from Pesso Boyden Psychotherapy That You Can Apply in One-to-one Therapy

July 14th 10am – 12 am

Price: Donation of £1 or more

Pesso Boyden System of Psychotherapy (PBSP) is a body-based therapy that is effective when working with early attachment issues, preverbal issues, deficits, trauma and abuse.  Juliet will  introduce therapists to this powerful method by teaching two of the skills used in PBSP: Witnessing, and the Ideal Parents.  She will discuss how PBSP deals with ‘resistant’ clients.

During the workshop:

1)           Juliet will start by outlining the structure of a ‘structure’, which is the name for a PBSP client session.

2)           In the early part of a PBSP session, witnessing the momentary facial shifts in clients, and naming those allows clients to feel both seen, and heard.  This quickly deepens the therapeutic alliance. Juliet will talk about the process of witnessing, and how it is applied in PBSP.  Then Juliet will describe how she applies the skill of witnessing during a conventional therapy session.  Participants will get a chance to practice the skill of witnessing, of naming affects and emotions, in breakout rooms.

3)           PBSP has a unique way of responding to ‘resistant’ clients.  Albert Pesso, the co-founder of PBSP, noticed that people who had ‘given out’ too much too early in their life often found it hard to receive, to take in.  Many therapists are good at giving, but not so good at receiving! Examples of this ‘giving out too young’ might be:

      * worrying about siblings,

      * parenting a parent,

      * concern about some big issue, such as the planet, or street children in India, or being

      * over-responsible in some other way as a child.

Using objects we can satisfy the desire that the ‘other’ is taken care of – and Juliet will talk about this and give a brief demonstration.  Please note, this won’t be sufficient for therapists to try it with their clients, more training would be required for that.

4)           Creating an ‘antidote’ experience, that sits alongside the client’s real history, is an integral aspect of PBSP.  Whereas most therapy helps clients to cope with their dysfunctional past,  full PBSP structure gives the client an ‘alternative’ reference experience, which is deeply healing.  Juliet will take one aspect of this ‘antidote’, the Ideal Parents, and talk about how this can be used, to help the client start to create a ‘new history’.  Juliet will lead the group through an Ideal Parent visualisation.

5)           There will be some time for questions.

PBSP is a profoundly effective complex method requiring a longer training.  A full structure (client session) takes approximately an hour and involves many other aspects.  However, these two parts from PBSP (witnessing and an Ideal Parent visualisation) can be incorporated into one to one work, and may leave therapists curious to know more about PBSP.

Generally, therapists like PBSP because it is like ‘speed dialling the unconscious.’  On occasions, just one session can be life changing.   Some therapists will want to experience PBSP for themselves as a client.  Others will be curious to find out more about training in this body-based psychotherapy.  PBSP training is a 1 year or 3 year training that is designed for those who are already qualified therapists.  Learning how to lead a ‘full structure’ requires some 27 days of training over 3 years.

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