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Friday Lunchtime Program: The Many Dimensions of a Child Case: From Birth Trauma and Mutism to Affect Regulation Within a Self, Tessamarie Capitolo, CST-T, LMFT

  • Fri, October 11, 2013
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA


Friday Lunchtime Program

October 11, 2013

The Many Dimensions of a Child Case: From Birth Trauma and Mutism to Affect Regulation Within a Self

Presented by Tessamarie Capitolo, CST-T, LMFT, 1.5 CEUs

In the presentation of a child case, a two-phase sandplay therapy which began in kindergarten and continued during the second grade year, Tessamarie Capitolo as therapist will tell the story of the many matrices arising in treatment. Symptoms of selective mutism and fragmentation emerging from separation anxiety were present during the first phase of therapy begun in kindergarten. The modalities of treatment adopted by Tessamarie Capitolo included sandplay therapy, interpretations, painting, and floor play. The transference/countertransference directly encompassed not only the therapist but also her co-therapist, Cassie, her dog. Through the replay of the trauma in the second phase of therapy, the child develops the capacity to regulate physiologically, as well as emotionally. Therapy ends with this development, and the child goes off to overnight camp with his sister.

With her presentation, Tessamarie Capitolo attempts to emphasize not only the interpretive and sandplay aspects of therapy but also other matrices arising in any given case with a child, adolescent, or adult, by zeroing in on this one in particular to illustrate the multiplicities involved in treatment. Her hope is that this child case can be of value to all of us as therapists in the treatment of whatever populations we may specialize in.

Tessamarie Capitolo, CST-T, LMFT, is an analytic psychotherapist and a Teaching Member of Sandplay Therapists of America. She originally trained in Switzerland with Dora Kalff, who developed the sandplay method. Together with her husband David, Tessamarie Capitolo co-founded the Child Therapy Institute of Marin, a non-profit training agency located in San Rafael, serving a diverse population. She has taught sandplay nationally and internationally, and she has published several articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Tessamarie Capitolo's main interests include the dark feminine, the transference, and relational supervision. Her most prominent articles include The Dark Goddess: An Encounter with the Dark Feminine, Chaos Theory and Sandplay, Black and White: Retrieving our Shadow, and The Intra/Interpersonal Racial Unconscious. She has a private practice both in San Francisco and San Rafael, where she sees children, adolescents, and adults.

Networking: Lunchtime Lecture meetings include a formal networking period during which ONLY those members who wish to do so, may give a 30-45 second self-introduction and pitch about their practice. This is a great way to expand one's practice and learn about others’ specialties.

Date: Friday, October 11, 2013

Time: Networking is from 11:30 to 12:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 12:00 pm and ends at 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 fee for non-Marin CAMFT members.

Location: Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA (map)

Information: For more information about the Friday Lunchtime Program Series and about joining the Committee, please contact the Chair, Nerina Cecchin.

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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