1. Please read prior to beginning the talk

    2. Part one: Introduction; the ’true self’ as an important Pesso notion; the core of Pesso therapy; the five basic developmental needs and how they should be met for optimum satisfaction; explanation of ‘a structure’.

    3. Part two: Meeting the basic needs - how it looks when things go well for the baby literally and symbolically, and the internalisation of the ability to satisfy our own needs. Needs discussed in this part: Place, Nurture, and Support.

    4. Part three: What it means to meet the basic needs literally and symbolically, continued. Needs discussed: Protection and Limits.

    5. Part four: Developmental deficits; adaptive behaviours; the feeling of not being welcomed by the world, lack of nurture at the right time, insufficient support, lack of protection, lack of lovingly experienced limits.

    6. Part five: Unmet needs don’t go away; which of the basic developmental needs may not have been optimally met for you?; how Pesso Boyden structures work; some aspects include: attunement, externalising the interior world of the client, interaction.

    7. Part six: The antidote/final phase of a structure; safety and protection with ideal parents; a video clip of the final part of a structure.

    8. Part seven: Analysis of another clip showing Al Pesso reading the client then picking up on the isolation of the client’s younger years, building a therapeutic alliance for healing, then bringing in an ideal elder/father to bring closure; conclusion.

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Accredited PBSP Trainer, Supervisor and Therapist. Co-ordinator of Pesso Boyden training in the UK and co-leader of Pesso Boyden Training Institute in the UK. MA Relationship Therapy, Postgraduate Diploma Relationship Therapy, holistic training as Fitness Instructor and in Bioenergetics, MSc Education Management, Post Graduate Certificate of Education, BA Hons English Language and Literature.
I am a psychotherapist in private practice, working with individuals, couples and groups. I also coach corporate executives; I became a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Management in 2003 focusing on personal development and leadership. I see psychotherapy as affirmative action for the soul, and the Pesso Boyden System is the jewel in the crown of my practice – the most effective therapeutic approach I have come across, both for myself as a client and for those I support and work alongside. It sits comfortably alongside the systemic, psychodynamic and attachment-based traditions I trained in. I’m committed to sharing the power of PBSP with others: I lead PBSP experiential groups and PBSP trainings in the UK and Europe; and as the Training Coordinator for PBSP in UK I’ve organised six successful trainings to follow the first UK group, in which I trained. Please contact me to talk about Pesso Boyden therapy, supervision or training, to discuss attending one of my groups, or to explore organising a group near you when Covid restrictions permit.

Sally Potter