Participants will develop their understanding of sandplay therapy as a powerful nonverbal tool that accesses the unconscious. Theoretical material, including a review of early attachment styles, will focus on Kalff's concept of the Free and Protected Space and how this is facilitated by the therapist's presence and a deep intuitive feeling connection with clients. Analysis of in-depth case material of sandplay pictures and process will demonstrate how profoundly sandplay enables clients to access preverbal material and repair attachment within the temenos of the therapeutic relationship. Case material will show the intermingling energies of the co-transference and the repair of attachment wounds.
Tessamarie Capitolo, LMFT, CST-T, is an analytic psychotherapist and a Teaching Member of Sandplay Therapists of America, and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. She is in private practice in San Rafael. She and her husband, David Capitolo founded the Child Therapy Institute, which serves a diverse population in the bay area. Tessamarie has taught sandplay nationally and internationally and has published several articles in the Journal of Sandplay Therapy including: The Dark Goddesses: An Encounter with the Dark Feminine; Chaos Theory and Its Application to the Sandplay Process; Black and White: Retrieving our Shadow; and The Inter/Intrapersonal Racial Unconscious.