Helen Marlo, Ph.D. Helen Marlo

Chair, Clinical Psychology Department

Professor, Clinical Psychology

Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY 15318)

Jungian Psychoanalyst (Member, C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco)

Dr. Marlo has been part of the graduate Clinical Psychology Department since 1999. Since 1990, she has taught undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students at the University of South Carolina; Palo Alto University (formerly Pacific Graduate School of Psychology); Sofia University (formerly Institute of Transpersonal Psychology); and the San Francisco School of Psychology. Dr. Marlo’s website is www.helenmarlophd.com.

She is a faculty scholar with the Sr. Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement; the Reviews Editor for Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche and a Research Faculty member at Sofia University. She teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and for the South Bay Committee for Psychoanalytic Study where she trains psychoanalytic candidates and mental health professionals. Dr. Marlo maintains a private practice in San Mateo, CA, providing psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and consultation to adults and children.

Dr. Marlo trained and worked in private and public institutions, including the Stanford University School of Medicine, The Palo Alto Veterans Administration Health Care System, Kaiser Permanente Health Care System, The University of South Carolina’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine; Richland Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, and The Columbia Area Mental Health Center. She has significant clinical experience treating reproductive mental health issues, including perinatal problems, birth trauma, pregnancy and infant loss, infertility, and obstetric/gynecological illnesses, as well as trauma and lifespan developmental issues.

Her work in the community includes offering the complimentary service, “Mentoring Mothers,” for mothers and infants. She is passionate about engaging with individuals during this vulnerable and influential time of life. She is a volunteer for HealthRight International and provides pro bono clinical services for victims of torture and trauma.

She and her husband enjoy life with each other, their two daughters, and one son. Dr. Marlo enjoys her close relationships, art, culture, travel, reading, film, yoga, meditation, and dance.


  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Fremont, CA, 1996-1997. Brief therapy, family practice; reproductive mental health.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Palo Alto Veterans Administration Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA, 1995-1997. Long-term psychotherapy, trauma, severe mental illness, dual diagnosis.
  • Pre-Doctoral Internship, Palo Alto Veterans Administration Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA, 1994-1995. Long-term psychotherapy, severe mental illness, dual diagnosis, trauma, neuropsychology, behavioral medicine.
  • Ph.D., Clinical-Community Psychology. University of South Carolina, Columbia, 1995.
  • BA, Psychology. University of Missouri – Columbia, 1989.
    • Minor:  Religious Studies
    • Honors in Psychology
    • Summa cum laude

Courses Taught

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Psychology of Adjustment and Personal Growth
  • Trauma, Crisis, and Recovery
  • Professional Ethics and Law
  • Psychoanalytic Treatment of Trauma: An Integrative Approach
  • Advanced Psychotherapy Skills: A Psychodynamic/Jungian Approach
  • Developmental Psychology: Infancy through Childhood
  • Developmental Psychology: Adolescence through Adulthood/Geriatrics
  • Psychology of Marriage
  • Biopsychosocial Aspects of Addiction
  • Diagnosis, Assessment, Referral of Addictions
  • Substance Abuse and Dependence
  • Advanced Clinical Seminar
  • Communication and Counseling Skills
  • Psychotherapy Theory and Research
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Group Experience
  • Cross-Cultural Issues
  • Psychopathology and Psychodiagnosis
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Survey of Personality
  • Clinical Case Seminar
  • Clinical Case Practicum
  • Specialized Clinical Topics

Selected Courses for Licensed Professionals

  • Deepening the Work: Relational Psychotherapy through a Jungian Lens
  • The Infant Within
  • Psychoanalysis and Creativity: How Art and Spirituality Catalyze Emotional Growth
  • Birth of the Self: Healing the Traumatized Infant Within
  • Out of Dissociation into Creation through Relation: Connecting with Art and Soul

Research and Interests

  • Birth
  • Depth Psychology
  • Spirituality
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Reproductive Mental Health (perinatal issues, birth trauma, infant loss, infertility, attachment and bonding)
  • Trauma


  • Tenure, 2011
  • NDNU Faculty Development Grant, 2011
  • NDNU Faculty Scholar, Sr. Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement, 2011
  • NDNU’s Fifteen, Ten and Five Year Service Recognition Award, 2006, 2011, 2016
  • Gronowski Outstanding Faculty of the Year, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, 1998
  • Summa cum laude, Distinguished Academic Achievement, University of Missouri, 1989
  • Honors Scholar, Dept. of Psychology, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, 1989

Professional Affiliations

  • C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco
  • California Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
  • The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health
  • The Marce Society
  • The International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress

Selected Publications

  • Marlo, H. (2016). Into the Woods with Jean Bolen: Activism, Artemis, and Archetypes. Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche.
  • Marlo, H. (2013).   Between the Worlds—Healing Trauma, Body, and Soul: A Conversation with Donald Kalsched. Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, 7:3, 117-141
  • Marlo, H. (2007). Coming into the Heart of Mind.  Jung Journal:  Culture and Psyche, 1, 3, 55-65.
  • Marlo, H. & Kalinian, H. (2002). Utilizing psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the treatment of substance abusers. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 9, 211-223.
  • Marlo, H. & Wagner, M. (1999). Expression of negative and positive events through writing: Implications for psychotherapy and health.Psychology and Health, 14, 2, 193-215.
  • Marlo, H., & Kline, J.S. (1998). Synchronicity in psychotherapy: Unconscious communication in the therapeutic relationship.  Psychotherapy, 35, 1, 13-22.

Workshops & Presentations

  • Marlo, H. (2017, May). The Impact of Trauma on the Individual and Collective Psyche and The Trauma of Violence; The Violence of Trauma. Presentations at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. San Francisco, CA.
  • Marlo, H. (2015, Nov.). Psychic Birth and Rebirth through Analysis and Birth of the Self. Presentation for Oregon Friends of Jung, Unity Church of Portland, Portland, OR.
  • Marlo, H. (2015, Jan.). Birth of the Self. Presentation with John Beebe, M.D., Karen Peoples, Ph.D., Beverley Zabriskie, L.C.S.W., at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. San Francisco, CA.
  • Marlo, H. (2010, November). Psychic Birth: A Narrative of Transformative Analytic Work. Fall Symposium Speaker, The Psychotherapy Institute, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.
  • Marlo, H. (2008, April). Spirituality and Trauma. Paper presented and moderator for the Transforming Trauma: Psychological and Spiritual Pathways to Healing Conference with Joseph Bobrow; Donald Kalsched; Jack Kornfield; and Ann Ulanov, Deep Streams Institute and The Coming Home Project, San Francisco, CA.
  • Marlo, H. (2008, March). Contemporary Soul in Practice: One Woman’s Evolving Narrative. Presentation at the Embodied Wisdom: Jung, Neuroscience, and Authentic Movement—Multidisciplinary Prospectives with Joan Chodorow, Dyane Sherwood, Tina Stromsted, and Margaret Wilkinson, C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.