Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor Therapy (PBSP) is a powerful, gentle, flexible method for changing old, dysfunctional patterns. This workshop will present PBSP theory and help participants tune in to body signals and witness healing of deficits and wounds. The primary tool for this will be having participants role-play “ideal parents” who would have provided the client with the right input at the right age.
PBSP therapy is a particularly useful approach for providing transformative and healing experiences for people who have experienced wounding and trauma within their attachment relationships. We know that “what fires together, wires together”, and that painful experiences, particularly those that are repeated throughout our lifetime, become ingrained patterns and maps for our ways of moving through the world. Deconstructing these patterns and creating new maps can be incredibly challenging, as well as powerfully liberating.
PBSP provides opportunities for us to see in the present moment the structure of the ‘old map’ that has been written into our bodies, minds, nervous systems and hearts, as well as the possibility of what a new map can look and feel like.
To read an overview of PBSP and learn more about it in practice, read Chapter 18 in the Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk. Additional resources to learn about PBSP are: pbsp.com and pbspamericaconnect.org.
Workshop learning objectives:
1. Learn the five basic needs addressed by PBSP
2. See how developmental deficits and attachment wounds and trauma show up in the body
3. Gain exposure to exercises/interventions that a) help discover unconscious emotion and b) help re-instate the ‘pilot’—forebrain/executive function
4. Experience the healing process of a PBSP structure