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Pesso Boyden System Of Psychotherapy (PBSP): Using Touch In Therapy (Extracts From A Video Of A Client Session) – Juliet Grayson

July 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST

Juliet Grayson

Event Details


During this talk, Juliet Grayson will use a video showing the use of touch during a PBSP client session. In PBSP, this is done not by the therapist but using group members who role play Ideal Figures.

Whereas most therapies give clients coping strategies, PBSP offers clients the opportunity to imagine and symbolically experience having had a different kind of childhood. This will be demonstrated in the short video.

As the trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk said of experiencing PBSP as a client: Id spent several years in psychoanalysis, so I did not expect any major revelations. Then, on the conclusion of his session, he reported a dramatic body-mind event typical of Pesso psychotherapy. Instantaneously, I felt a deep release in my body, the constriction in my chest eased, and my breathing became relaxed. That was the moment I decided to become Pessos student.

We will see more details of a PBSP client session (called a structure), and you will see in the video, the way we build this up, and the shifts that the client makes. Juliet will pause the video to comment on the techniques and what we are seeing.

About Juliet Grayson


I'm a psychosexual psychotherapist, coach, and teacher. Working as a psychotherapist since 1991, I specialise in working with couples and sexual problems. I also work with people who are facing a life-limiting diagnosis.

I designed and run (alongside my team) a twelve day programme, in six modules each of two days. This teaches therapists, counsellors, psychologists, coaches, and health professionals, how to work with relationship issues and sexual problems. (CERTIFICATE IN WORKING WITH COUPLES)

After many years of exploring different types of therapeutic systems, in 2001, I discovered the Pesso Boyden System of Psychotherapy (PBSP). I am passionate about this because it is so effective, enabling clients not just to learn to cope with their issues, but to be able to (in many cases) fundamentally shift and change them, so that they see the world differently. As a client said to me, "It's like speed-dialling the unconscious." As yet, PBSP is not well known in the UK, and I want to change that. I have five ongoing groups that meet four times a year. These meet in London, Oxfordshire, Bristol, and South Wales. I also run two residential workshops every year, supervision days that are open to all, and training courses for qualified therapists who want to learn this exquisite method. Therapists who are interested in adding Pesso Boyden to their repertoire can join a one-year, or a three-year training starting in October 2019. Visit PESSO BOYDEN PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & Pesso Boyden Training UK for details.

I am co-founder and chair of StopSO (Specialist Treatment Organisation for Perpetrators and Survivors of Sexual Offences). StopSO has a UK wide network of psychotherapists and counsellors who offer therapy in the community for those at risk of sexual offending or re-offending. The aim of StopSO is to help potential perpetrators in order to stop new victims of sexual abuse from being created. This is a cost effective way of protecting society. My view is prevent, prevent, prevent, rather than respond, respond, respond.

I'm also UKCP registered, NLPtCA accredited, COSRT accredited, and PBSP accredited as a psychotherapist. I deliver training courses (2 days - 12 days) in working with couples. I am recognised by UKCP as a NLPtCA supervisor, a COSRT supervisor. I am also an accredited PBSP supervisor and one of the first PBSP accredited trainers in the UK. I have a private practice in South Wales.


Free article on Juliet's work using Pesso Psychotherapy with sex offenders called "Back To The Root".

Landscapes of the Heart: The Working World of a Sex and Relationship Therapist – Juliet Grayson - (July 2016)

Event Format


This event will be an interview conducted using a ZOOM video link that will be streamed to our live video page. You will be able to see and hear the conversation, as it is happening, and use the chat room to offer your own comments and questions.

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July 30
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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