Sue Lewis Counselling, Psychotherapy and Supervision near Oxford and Banbury

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Pesso Boyden - A New Therapy Approach

Pesso Boyden Therapy

I mainly work with people in a traditional therapeutic way, using methods that are well known. However, I have recently qualified in a new method that is proving to be very effective, and sometimes I will offer to use it with clients - it's called Pesso Boyden.

Not many of us have perfect childhoods (parents are only human and we all make mistakes), and we have usually learned something unhelpful when we were young that gets in the way of us being the person we could be in adulthood.

Pesso Boyden uses a symbolic method to ‘create a new memory’ and form a positive experience from which we can live our lives. It has been shown by some neuroscience research to affect the wiring in our brains in a very positive way.

It is focused on our bodily feelings and emotions, and is very client-led in a gentle, safe and positive environment.

I may suggest that we do an occasional Pesso Boyden session as part of your ongoing therapy, as it can really shift gears and be very effective.

It's named after the two people who created it - Diane Boyden and Al Pesso. Diane died a few months ago after a long illness, and now Al has also passed away after being ill for a shorter time. They were both in their 80s and had been together since their late teens. So it’s a sad time for all the Pesso Boyden therapists in the UK and across the world and I just wanted to mark their passing here. The Guardian online has published this here for Al.


I occasionally run a body workshop using Pesso Boyden methods to look at "What the Body Knows". The next one is to be arranged.

And I also run a group day called "Personal Breakthrough", using Pesso Boyden methods, in Banbury and Oxford - details here.

For a testimonial from a participant in a Pesso Boyden group that I ran, please click here.

Writing about Pesso Boyden

Here are two articles giving a couple of examples of how Pesso Boyden works - click here and here.

More information on Pesso Boyden can be found here.

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