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Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor-Psychotherapy


A unique mind-body psychotherapy that moves beyond just talking.

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From birth, we're driven to find pleasure, satisfaction, meaning and connectedness in the world.


The creative and liberating therapy of PBSP can help us:

  • Change old, unhelpful and limiting patterns of behaviour.

  • Create new ideal memories; to countershape (fit) what we actually needed to have happened in the past.

  • Become more of whom you were born destined to be.

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What can I expect?

PBSP is client led, moving at the client's pace, and works one-to-one, or one-to-one within a group. Each session is called a structure, because it follows a particular process, typically lasting about 50 minutes.


During the structure, a safe possibility sphere is created where clients are invited to share what is happening for them in the here and now. The therapist evokes an imaginary witness figure into the air, whose role is somewhat like an ideal friend for the client throughout. The witness acknowledges and names the client's feelings and emotions as they arise, helping clients notice and give name to those emotions.


'Mind and body, and especially emotions and bodily movements, tensions, or sensations, were then and still are

a primary focus of PBSP.'


Louisa Howe, PhD


Some specific techniques

There may be other 'in the air' figures and voices, depending on what clients bring, and objects called placeholders are used to represent people or things to help clients build an external visual map of what's going on for them internally.

Ultimately, and only if appropriate, the therapist guides clients to choose ideal (archetypal) parents. This might feel challenging at times, to experience 'other' types of parents, but through experiencing these ideals clients can begin to sense embodied feelings, giving them what they should have received as a child.


If working in groups, clients can enrol people instead of using objects, if they wish.

Bessel van der Kolk is a world-leading expert on trauma, a psychiatrist and author of The Body Keeps The Score, who dedicates chapter-18 of his book to PBSP. Here's a short film where he testifies to PBSP's excellent and essential ability to give clients visceral experiences to help them heal their trauma, 'it's absolutely transformative'

'We are made to be able to be happy in an imperfect world that is endlessly unfolding.'


Albert Pesso


This unique and powerful psychotherapy began life in 1961 when two dance choreographers, Albert Pesso and his wife Diane Boyden, wanted to help their students move more fluidly by tapping into and releasing their physical blocks.

Albert Pesso with the 3-UK PBSP trainers:

Sandy Cotter, Sally Potter & Juliet Grayson

They discovered that some blocks were connected directly to trapped emotions relating to past traumatic events, or basic needs having not been met. Such as, when they were kids, not having a safe environment to grow up in, not having appropriate protection when they needed it, or perhaps their parents were too busy to support them in a way a baby or child ideally needs.

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If you’d like to talk through any questions or try a structure, contact Emma and/or visit the Pesso Boyden UK website.


Emma offers online and face-to-face PBSP to individuals on a sliding scale fee, depending on your circumstance.


£20-£50 per hour.

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Jacqui had a series of PBSP one-to-one online sessions

with Emma.

Here’s what she had to say:

"After many years of looking deeply at my psychological patterns through periods of intense meditation practice and psychotherapy, in roles of practitioner and client, I was surprised that working with Emma and the Pesso method helped to transform an area of my thinking that had hitherto been sidelined."


"Emma enabled me to experience very deeply and to fully embody the emotions of early childhood, in a very safe, and reassuring way."


"For me this experiential, embodied approach, along with the use of tangible objects as signifiers has led to a deeper understanding [of myself]."


"I can truly say that working with Emma and Pesso has had a transformative impact on my life, opening up, and enriching spaces that had previously remained closed."

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Emma at Satori

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