The Healing of Trauma: The Pesso Boyden Approach – Sandy Cotter


Albert Pesso had already created a dynamic and profound method of working with the body and the mind when radical new research into trauma came onto the stage of psychotherapy in the 1980s. With intellectual prowess and artistic grace Pesso shifted his healing focus from the catharsis solutions favoured in the 1960s and 1970s to a process of ‘wiring in’ an alternative experience within the ‘memory layer’ of his client’s psyche.

This ‘virtual’ memory does not deny the past. It lives side by side with the traumatic moments furnishing sensory experiences of feeling safe and protected thus providing an ‘antidote’ to the dreadful experience of trauma.

Then throughout the 1990s – the so-called ‘decade of the brain’ – Pesso further refined his response to trauma informed by the unfolding and strikingly fresh understanding of how the human brain functions. This seminar will explore – in an accessible and interactive manner – how this powerful method helps those who have been harmed to their core by traumatic events.

NB For those who might be interested there is a 3 year training in Pesso Boyden Psychotherapy. This is post graduate, i.e. designed for people who are already qualified therapists, who wish to add a deeper understanding of working with the body to their practice.


This 2-hour workshop will be recorded and you can use the ticket function to pre-purchase the recording before the event. This will be useful for colleagues who are not able to attend the event live and also for those who attend the event live and want to watch again.

This workshop will be hosted on the Zoom meeting platform where we will use our camera and microphones to interact with each other as a group.

To support practitioners in this time of extraordinary circumstances we are offering access to this group for a self-select fee.

The self-select fee is a radical inclusion policy to open learning for all colleagues. The guide price for this event is £20.00, however, we appreciate that income varies greatly in different locations and circumstances. Please contribute what you can to help us maintain inclusive professional training.

Sandy Cotter BA MA MSc
Sandy Cotter BA MA MSc

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