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The Dark Goddess In Our Midst


Presented by
Tessamarie Capitolo, MFT, CST-T

Sunday,  3:30 PM - 6:00 PM,  March 12th,  2017

audio file available to Club members upon email request

The Dark Goddess as a living symbol has been worshiped for centuries as the healer of relationships and of our bodies.  Drawing from case material, we will examine how the embodiment of the Dark Goddess can provide a bridge that we must cross to begin to resolve the violent clash of racial opposites currently at play within our culture.  In this presentation we will explore our capacity to be with the other, the meaning of these catastrophic encounters, and the necessary psychic work of living with and internalizing the Dark Goddess.

Course objectives:

  • Describe what is meant by the archetype of the Dark Goddess.

  • Describe a psychological approach which addresses the current racial opposites at play within our culture today.

  • Give a case example of how to help patients internalize the symbolic archetype of the Dark Goddess.



Tessamarie Capitolo, MFT., CST-T, is an analytic psychotherapist in private practice in San Rafael.  A member of Sandplay Therapists of America (Master Teacher) and the International Society of Sandplay Therapy, she 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."  She and her husband, David Capitolo are the founders of the Child Therapy Institute which serves a diverse population in the Bay Area.

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