Sue Lewis Counselling, Psychotherapy and Supervision near Oxford and Banbury

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Workshops and Groups


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Therapy Groups


These groups will be using powerful new methods to increase your sense of well being, empowerment and connection.

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. It is especially powerful in a group setting, where participants can support each other. Rather than the past hold us back, it can be transformed so that we lead richer, altogether larger lives and become more of who we truly are.

Past participants said :

  • “It’s very empowering to be in a group”,
  • “It’s a liberating and revelatory process – it’s changed my mindset and given me a sense of freedom”,
  • “I came out of professional interest but have taken away a lot personally”,
  • "Personal breakthrough is a very apt title, in my view",
  • "I'm really glad I went for it".

    For a longer testimonial from some group participants, see below.



    Personal Breakthrough, using Pesso Boyden

    I occasionally run a one day workshop using Pesso Boyden called "Personal Breakthrough". Its purpose is to give 4 people the chance to experience this powerful therapy and make some real breakthrough in their lives. It has a brief and simple theoretical introduction to the method and 4 'structures' (client sessions). 2 of these can be pre-booked on a first come first served basis, and the others will be open for anyone to have.

    The one off days can also act as a taster day for the ongoing group. The next day will run in Oxford on February 22nd 2020. The day costs £85 (£75 if paid for by Jan 22nd) and will run from 9.30 - 5.30. Contact me if you are interested in coming - you will be very welcome!


    New Foundations Group, using Pesso Boyden

    An ongoing group meeting for a day every 6 weeks runs in Oxford; another will begin later in the year on the following dates :

    November 16, 2019
    January 11, 2020
    Feb 22
    April 4
    May 16
    June 27


    Please note you have to attend all days, to build safety and trust in a small group. Contact me for more details if you are interested.




    If you’d like to book on any of these, or have some more information about them, please contact me direct.


  • Testimonials for my groups using Pesso Boyden

    After each workshop and group I ask for any feedback from people who have attended. These are comments I have received (and have permission to quote) :

    "The group has helped me to let go of the past - I’m less attached to my old story. I have felt really safe here. It’s helped my relationships too - it’s been freeing.”
    JH, counsellor


    “Being part of a Pesso Boyden Group has been really different and exciting for me and my self-discovery. Working in a group has helped me to be more open with my feelings and develop more trust in others. Pesso Boyden has challenged me to understand how my early relationships have impacted me. I have been able to create a more ideal picture of what I really needed as a child, without judging my parents. In fact, the Pesso Boyden work has allowed me to feel more compassion for my parents, and I am more able to access happy memories rather than sad ones.I feel more comfortable in myself because I have resolved some persistent internal conflicts about my childhood. This in turn allows me to give more and be more compassionate in my relationships. I am also more attuned to my needs now, and feel more confident in getting my needs met.”
    Annalee Daniels, counsellor


    "Wow, did we really do that in 1 day with a group of relative strangers?  You and Deb helped create a very safe and tight container. I was impressed by the presence of both yourself and Deb in staying with the clients. I loved seeing the clarity and specificity and reasons for the different aspects of approach. It has left me with some ideas and language that I can use in my work, without straying into the whole approach. I would highly recommend your workshops."
    Vanessa Rhone, Organisational Psychologist


    “The PB structures I have been honoured to take part in have given me many insights on my journey towards healing.”
    FG, counsellor


    "I found the breakthrough day really invigorating. I was moved at how the structures seemed to release some level of burden, which left a hole where self compassion could start growing. I could see the relationship between pain and hope. People really do the best they can from the tools they are given and I could feel how the Breakthrough Days can help self compassion through the generations.

    I liked how there was a lottery between the volunteers, as this seemed to help people who did not initially volunteer, to be open to the structure if they could/wanted to. It helped people to be courageous.

    It was wonderful to be a part of others' structures and I liked being given the opportunity to reflect on what it had brought up for us. There were moments when I was absorbing the role as best I could, to when I was having my own new experiences as an "ideal parent or sibling".

    At times what people had to say was really harrowing, but the way you followed them, was precise to them and invited them to move with what they were bringing. I like how the ideal parent is suggested early on, an idea held onto until the client can pursue later if they wish and ask the group. I love the way that every person mentioned can have a place, whether this be as a placement figure or a real person being an ideal parent. I wondered if this helped to minimise distress caused by the original trauma or experience.

    You were really precise, in the way you took in their words. I think that the way you held the process is really compassionate, respectful and true to real experiences, alongside telling a new story from creating a new memory. I was reminded of what the human spirit can go through and achieve.

    I think what sticks in my mind are the visions of and the shapes created by the client's closeness to their ideal parents. It felt like transcendental ideal love, where the client can feel safe enough to become the child being protected by the ideal parents. When I think of how the client started their structure, I am in awe of how they get to a point of asking for love and saying what they need."
    Kelly Grimes, Family Worker


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