Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Body Keeps The Score

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Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Body Keeps The Score. 10 Topics from the Pesso-Boyden Framework for Trauma-Informed Therapeutic Healing

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Because the impact of trauma is held in the body - as well as the mind - the healing of child sexual abuse happens most effectively when both mind and body are involved. Pesso Boyden System of Psychotherapy (PBSP) is a body-based therapy.

As Bessel Van der Kolk - renowned trauma specialist and admirer of Al Pesso’s work - said, “The healing tableaus of [PBSP] structures offer an experience that many participants would have never believed was possible for them: to be welcomed into a world where people delight in them, protect them, meet their needs and make you feel at home.” (from his book ‘The Body Keeps the Score’).

PBSP has a comprehensive theoretical framework for working with child sexual abuse. This impacts bottom up, brain stem responses, reflexes and automatic survival patterns as well as with the top down parts, involved in thinking, speaking, and our current emotional awareness.

Juliet will share a PBSP model: the 10 themes that commonly arise when working with people who were sexually abused as children. Juliet will be showing 4 short films, which are extracts of client sessions, to give a powerful illustration of how PBSP works with the body.

Whilst recognising that the majority of people attending this talk will not be trained PBSP therapists, Juliet hopes to alert them to some of the more obscure needs of clients who are dealing with these issues.

NB This talk was given in July 2021, and much of the content will be repeated.

  • Recordings of webinars and talks – including the Exploring Shame Series 1, which was 7 webinars that William and Juliet did in 2020-2021 with Online Events. Create an account and then you can watch free talks, free previews, and purchase various items including Exploring Shame Series 1. There are also poetry readings, talks on ritual, relationship issues, and films and talks about the Pesso Boyden System of Psychotherapy.
  • To contact William Ayot for one-to-one coaching, or to arrange a personal ritual, e.g. to help you manage something in your life or deal with a transition contact us at
  • Resources for i) people struggling with sexually inappropriate behaviour and those who might cross the line and commit an act of sexual violence, ii) their families, iii) the therapists who work with them, and iv) their victims.

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 it 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.

All the colleagues at ONLINEVENTS and the presenters we collaborate with are committed to working in a manner consistent with the BACP Ethical Framework, which can be accessed on the link below. When registering for this event you are agreeing to be present and interact in a manner that is consistent with this Framework.

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Juliet Grayson

is a psychosexual psychotherapist, coach, teacher, and has worked as a psychotherapist since 1991. She specialises in working with couples and sexual problems. As a psychotherapist she is UKCP registered, NLPtCA accredited, COSRT accredited, and PBSP accredited. She has a private practice in South Wales (UK) and on Zoom. Juliet designed and runs (alongside her 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 couples and relationship issues. This course is approved by COSRT for CPD.

Juliet was a co-founder 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.

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