The History of Pesso Boyden Therapy

Pesso Boyden therapy, known as PBSP (Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor) began in the early 1960’s with Albert Pesso and Diane Boyden. Al and Diane were working as choreographers and dance teachers in modern dance in Boston, and were looking for techniques to help dancers overcome emotional blocks to movement. At some point an insight occurred: that by working in the right way with movement, the emotional blocks to movement were released. This began the development of an integrated therapeutic method combining body work, emotional intelligence and cognitive awareness.

Albert Pesso worked for several years at McLean Hospital in Boston with psychiatrist Charles Pinderhughes, applying the developing method in a clinical setting, before setting up the Psychomotor Institute and opening training programmes in the 1970’s.

Since then, from their base in Nerw Hampshire and now Boston again, Al and Diane have hosted training programmes for hundreds of Pesso Boyden therapists. Al still spends many months each year running training programmes in Europe, and there are now well established Pesso Boyden practice groups in Holland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, and  Switzerland as well as the United States and the UK.

“I think the main contribution of PBSP is knowing how to get the information that is in the body, and knowing how to make a platform where the organisation of their mind is and their personality is visible, and then to make a new symbolic history. On the educational and social side it might help people to make learn what it means to be a parent and how to make good choices so that they can parent their children in such a way that they get their maturational needs met, so that whatever sense of justice awakens in them it won’t awaken too soon and they will be able to make a contribution to the world.” (Albert Pesso, interview June 2007)

For a more extensive review of the origins of Pesso Boyden therapy, follow the link below to an article by Louisa Howe