Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés


Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD, is an internationally recognized scholar, award-winning poet, Diplomate senior Jungian psychoanalyst, and cantadora (keeper of the old stories in the Latina tradition.). Dr. Estés is  managing editor and columnist writing on politics, spirituality and culture at the newsblog TheModerateVoice.com and a columnist at The National Catholic Reporter online.


Dr. Estés began her work as a post-trauma specialist in the 1960s at hospitals, caring for severely injured children, and 'shell-shocked' war veterans and their families.

She ministers in the fields of childbearing loss, surviving families of murder victims, as well as critical incident work, and PTSD. She served at disaster sites, first developing post-trauma recovery protocol for earthquake survivors in Armenia. That protocol is now used as one of the top three protocols to teach survivors to do post-trauma work onsite within a few hours.

She served Columbine High School and community after the massacre, 1999-2003. She works with 9-11 survivor families on both east and west coasts.

Books and Recordings

Her published works include The Gift of Story, The Faithful Gardener, Untie The Strong Woman, and international bestseller Women Who Run With the Wolves, (145 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list, published in 35 languages worldwide), and a 23 volume collection of original, best-selling audio works including a twelve-part live performance series, Theatre of the Imagination, broadcast on Pacifica and National Public Radio networks across America and Canada. In 2009 Sounds True presented Dr. Estés’ Mother Night series online, and in April 2010 launched her master work, The Dangerous Old Woman, a six-part online series three decades in the making.

These articles by Dr. Estés are geared to strengthening, peace, and comfort during these times:


Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés gets to the heart of the matter. Her work investigates creativity, anger, self-care, childhood wounds, mother-daughter relationships, being “at home” in a challenging world, and much more. She works with the power of metaphor and the art of storytelling to guide listeners through unfamiliar doors of perception and observation:  we return with more of ourselves.

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