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Healing Trauma through New Virtual Memories

In order to describe to you how PBSP psychotherapy works with trauma, there are some general features of this method I need to describe. The first general principle is that PBSP is designed to help clients construct new virtual memories. I will not go into the brain research that confirms this, but, the idea is that current consciousness is constructed out of memory. My current experience of my world is a construction made of memory. Memory gives meaning to current experience by virtue of the fact that it is our memories that define our current experience. This fact is demonstrated by the terrible disease of Alzheimer’s. As people lose more memory, the more dysfunctional they become.

Trauma, the Body, and the Ego

Thank you to Ryan Van Wyk for inviting me to share on this blog the Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor (PBSP) psychotherapy perspective on trauma. PBSP is a form of therapy which is, perhaps, better known in Europe than here in the United States. Recently, with an inclusion of a chapter on PBSP in Bessel van der Kolk’s newest book on Trauma, The body Keeps The Score, I have noticed an increased interest in knowing more about PBSP. Let me say a brief word about the name, PBSP. PBSP is the invention of two people, Albert Pesso (who passed away in May 2016) and his wife, Diane Boyden Pesso who invented, or discovered, as Diane Boyden Pesso used to like to say (she died a few months ago), this

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