The Pesso Method: An Introduction - Sandy Cotter

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The Pesso Method: An Introduction workshop with Sandy Cotter

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Since the so-called ‘decade of the brain’ in the l990s neuroscience has given us more and more information about how we become who we are. To the delight of developmental psychology, this hard science appears to confirm the basic intuitions of its foundational thinkers such as Freud and Reich. Albert Pesso is in this psychological lineage and the unique success of his method is elucidated by principles lately established within the new science of the brain.

In this presentation/discussion the interwoven connectedness of these two strands – developmental psychology and neuroscience – will be explored and a high level of the principles of Pesso Psychotherapy demonstrated in the interest of providing a clear understanding of this remarkable method of psychological healing and personal growth.

The Pesso system has a sound grounding in developmental psychology and it contains a profoundly creative approach to body work, which is key to its remarkable results. And all of this – the psychology and the body work - is validated within the latest research in neuroscience regarding how our human brain operates.

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.

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Sandy Cotter BA MA MSc

I have been involved in the world of psychotherapy since the l970s and I am one of three accredited trainers in the Pesso method in the UK.

I graduated with a first in Psychology from Michigan State University in the US and stepped straight into the exciting wave of the Human Potential Movement, which transformed psychology during the last third of the 20th century. Throughout the revolutionary ‘70s I explored many new and exciting modes of working with people, learning from key figures of the time such as Alexander Lowen, John Pierrakos, James Hillman and Stanley Keleman. Then in l997 I attended an introductory workshop led by Professor Lowijs Perquin – a central figure in the development of the PBSP in Europe.

I was taken by the beauty and effectiveness of the Pesso method and set about establishing the first PBSP Training Group in the UK which ran from 1999 until 2003. Then from 2004 until Al Pesso’s death in 2015 I spent three weeks each summer learning this method under the direct tuition of its founder.

Within a wider professional picture, from l985 I have worked in leadership development within the corporate world. In the early l990s I co-founded the innovative Praxis Centre at Cranfield University’s School of Management, which introduced Humanistic psychology into leadership learning. I have recently published a book on my work in this field entitled Centaur: The Metaphysics of Leadership.

In May of 2016 I took an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Metanoia Institute, university of Middlesex and was granted registration with the UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP) thus validating my American qualifications in this country. I am currently moving away from the world of business back toward my original passion of working with groups and individuals who are seeking to live larger and more vivid lives. The Pesso approach to healing is central to this.

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