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The phrase “Once upon a time…” evokes a distant time and place, putting the listener in a position to lower their defenses, allowing the deepest emotional content that the narrated story evokes to emerge. The text, the result of many years of work by the authors with child psychopathologies, describes not only the potential of the fairy tale but also that of the group and the parallel intervention with the children’s parents. Additionally, it considers the anthropological roots of the fairy tale and its proximity to the psychic world—recognized by psychoanalysis—detailing the clinical tool of the fairy tale workshop and highlighting both symbolic and technical aspects, with the intent of providing a guide for those interested in this type of intervention.


Emanuela Capurso, Silvia Gallo

Walking with the wolf

The clinical tool of the fairy tale atelier



Preface by Pierre Lafforgue



pages 312

price 22,00

size cm 15,5×23, colored with flaps

Pedagogia del coraggio series

ISBN 978-88-31946-55-1


  • The text is the result of experience in using the clinical tool of the fairy tale workshop within a children’s health service.
  • It highlights the function of the intervention: aimed at a group of children, it outlines the use of the fairy tale as a mediator that, through the story and characters, allows children to come into contact with emotions without being frightened. In the second part of the text, direct session experiences with children are presented in three fundamental stages: listening to the fairy tale, dramatization, and drawing.
  • A useful tool for treating emotional and behavioral disorders. It facilitates dialogue with parents.
  • The fairy tale workshop can also be used in preschool and the first cycle of primary school to prevent school failure in children with developmental difficulties (maturation fairy tale workshop).
  • It also serves as an indirect support tool for teachers.


Reader profile

  • clinical psychologists, child neuropsychiatrists,
  • physiotherapists, psychomotor therapists, speech therapists,
  • students specializing in psychotherapy,
  • teachers and educators,
  • professionals working in the psycho-social field.


Profile of the authors

Emanuela Capurso, psychologist and psychotherapist, moved to Turin, where she specialized in family psychotherapy and worked as a clinical psychologist in the public child health service. Passionate about fairy tales, she cultivates their knowledge and application in the clinical field.

Silvia Gallo, psychologist and psychotherapist, works as a clinical psychologist in the public child health service. With expertise in group therapy, she is deeply interested in expressive activities.


Prefator profile

Pierre Lafforgue, neuropsychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and director for over 30 years of the Day Hospital in Bordeaux, has dedicated his life to the care of psychotic and autistic children and to helping children with maturation difficulties. Among other techniques, he used the fairy tale workshop, a tool he invented, which is based on the use of classic fairy tales and the archaisms they contain. He also contributed to research on fairy tale collections from southeastern France and conducted numerous awareness and training seminars on the fairy tale workshop.

Additional information

Weight 0.562 kg