Helen Marlo, Ph.D.
Interim Chair and Professor, Clinical Psychology
Dr. Marlo, a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 15318) and certified Jungian psychoanalyst, is the interim Department Chair and a full Professor within the Department of Clinical Psychology. She has been on the faculty at NDNU since 1999. A faculty scholar with the NDNU Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement, her academic work cultivates learning through socially conscious education, professional training, and community engagement. She is the Reviews Editor for Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, and is an Adjunct Research Faculty member at Sofia University, where she serves on dissertation committees. Dr. Marlo’s website is www.helenmarlophd.com.
Since 1990, she has taught undergraduate and graduate students at the University of South Carolina; Palo Alto University (formerly, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology);Sofia University; and the San Francisco School of Psychology.
Dr. Marlo maintains a private practice in Burlingame, CA, where she provides long-term and brief psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and consultation. She integrates a depth psychological and developmental perspective into her professional services, which include providing psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, consultation, and psychoeducation. It may incorporate hypnosis, guided imagery, meditation, dreamwork, mindfulness, sandplay, somatic interventions, spiritual work, and the creative, expressive arts. She provides education, consultation, and training to professionals, students, and organizations on numerous topics..
Following an academic background in Psychology and Religious Studies, Dr. Marlo earned her doctorate in Clinical-Community Psychology at The University of South Carolina, where she researched psychneuroimmunology, and integrative therapeutic approaches to psychological and physical health. Dr. Marlo’s doctoral and post-doctoral training focused on psychotherapy, developmental psychopathology, including severe and complex mental illness and trauma; lifespan developmental psychology, trauma, integrative and behavioral medicine particularly reproductive mental health, neuropsychology, and psychodynamic psychology.
Dr. Marlo trained and worked in private and public institutions, such as 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 worked with the full range of psychiatric and psychological problems. Her clinical experiences emphasized reproductive mental health issues, including perinatal problems (i.e. prepartum and postpartum anxiety, trauma, depression, bonding/attachment), birth trauma, pregnancy and infant loss, stillbirth, infertility, and obstetric/gynecological illnesses, as well as trauma (i.e. severe and complex trauma, including childhood, attachment, relational, physical, and sexual trauma); and lifespan developmental issues.
From Dr. Marlo’s interest and experience in reproductive mental health, she established, “Emergence: Reproductive Mental Health Services,” www.emergencementalhealth.com. Emergence promotes awareness and offers treatment for reproductive mental health issues; delivers professional training to professionals and students, and sponsors the complimentary community service, “Mentoring Mothers,” to mentor and support mothers and infants. She is passionate about engaging with individuals during this vulnerable and influential time of life.
She has had a long-standing interest in the art and science of birth, healing, and transformation, and synthesizes her interests in developmental psychology and psychopathology, psychoanalysis, spirituality and world religions, contemplative and wisdom traditions, neuroscience, the humanities, integrative and behavioral medicine, and psychoneuroimmunology, into a depth-oriented approach to her clinical practice and teaching.
In the community, she is a volunteer for HealthRight International and provides pro bono clinical services for victims of torture and trauma. She was a long-standing Board Member for Deep Streams Institute, a Zen Buddhist institution providing training for psychotherapists; community service; and peace building activities which sponsored the Coming Home Project, a psychospiritual program, that served Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.
She and her husband enjoy life with each other and their three lovely children, (two daughters and a son), and relish time for play. Dr. Marlo enjoys her close relationships, art, culture, travel, reading, film, yoga, meditation, and dance.
- 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
- Psychology of Adjustment and Personal Growth
- Trauma, Crisis, and Recovery
- 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
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Group Psychotherapy
- Group Experience
- Cross-Cultural Issues
- Psychopathology and Psychodiagnosis
- Abnormal Psychology
- Survey of Personality
- Professional Ethics and Law
- Clinical Case Seminar
- Clinical Case Practicum
Research and Interests
- Reproductive Mental Health (perinatal issues, birth trauma, infant loss, infertility, attachment and bonding)
- Developmental psychology and psychopathology
- Integrative treatment and healing
- Tenure, 2011
- Faculty Scholar, Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement, 2011
- Notre Dame de Namur University, Ten Year and Five Year Service Recognition Award, 2006, 2011
- 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
- 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
- Between the Worlds: Healing Trauma, Body and Soul: A Conversation with Donald Kalsched. Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche. (In process, Summer, 2013).
- Mentoring Mothers: Promoting psychological health. Burlingame Mothers Club Newsletter, 29, 7, April, 2013,
- Coming into the Heart of Mind. Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, 1, 3, 55-65. 2007.
- Utilizing psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the treatment of substance abusers. Marlo, H. & Kalinian, H. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 9, 211-223. 2002.
- On wounding and being wounded. The California Psychologist, 33, 12, 12. 2000.
- Countertransference check-up. San Diego Psychologist, 9, 7, 11-12. 2000.
- Countertransference check-up. The California Psychologist, 33, 4, 12. 2000.
- Expression of negative and positive events through writing: Implications for psychotherapy and health. Marlo, H. & Wagner, M. Psychology and Health, 14, 2, 193-215. 1999.
- Cultural, interpersonal and psychodynamic factors in caregiving: Toward a greater understanding of treatment non-compliance. Rivera, P., & Marlo, H. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 3, 63-68. 1999.
- Synchronicity in psychotherapy: Unconscious communication in the therapeutic relationship. Marlo, H., & Kline, J.S. Psychotherapy, 35, 1, 13-22. 1998.
- Edited Numerous Reviews and Publications in Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche
Workshops & Presentations
- Psychic Birth through Analysis: Archetypal and Developmental Themes. C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, Analyst Continuing Education Meeting, Nov., 2012.
- Ten Lessons from Contemporary Psychoanalysis. Mills-Peninsula Hospital, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Burlingame, CA, Oct., 2012..
- Marlo, H. (2012, June). Healing Complex Trauma Part II: Treating Physical, Sexual and Relational Abuse and Trauma. Mills-Peninsula Hospital, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Burlingame, CA, June, 2012).
- Healing Complex Trauma: Treating Physical, Sexual, and Relational Abuse and Trauma, Mills-Peninsula Hospital Grand Rounds, April, 2012.
- MISS Representation: Screening and Discussion with Dr. Helen Marlo, Synapse School, March, 2012.
- Mentoring Mothers: Enhancing Bonding, Attachment, and the Parent-Child Relationship, Mills Hospital Department of Pediatrics, April. 2012.
- Healing Complex Trauma, Part II: Treating Physical, Sexual, and Relational Abuse and Trauma, Mills-Peninsula Hospital Grand Rounds, June, 2012.
- Psychic Birth: Archetypal and developmental themes. C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, November, 2012.
- Mentoring Mothers: Perinatal Psychology and Issues: Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress. Mills-Peninsula Hospital. OB-GYN Continuing Education Program. Burlingame, CA. January 2012
- Contemporary Psychoanalysis: An Unwitting Instrument of Spiritual Sensibilities. Marlo, H., Walters, B., Herlekar, S., Castrillion, F. California Institute of Integral Studies, Integral Counseling Psychology Department, San Francisco, CA, September 2011
- Parenting with Emotional Intelligence. Fatum, B. & Marlo, H. Woodland School, Portola Valley, CA, April 2011
- Psychic Birth: A Narrative of Transformative Analytic Work. Fall Symposium Speaker, The Psychotherapy Institute, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, November 2010
- Meet the Professors: Becoming a Psychodynamic Clinician-Professor. Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Redwood City, CA, February 2010
- Psychological Aspects of Birth and Birth Trauma. Presentation at Dolphin Yoga and Doula Center, Hillsborough, CA, November 2009
- Birth and the Emergence of the Self: Symbolic and Developmental Perspectives. Presentation at The Psychotherapy Institute, Berkeley, CA, September 2009
- Birth Psychology: Pre-partum and Post-Partum Considerations. Presentation at Dolphin Yoga and Doula Center, Hillsborough, CA, July 2009
- Retreat/Group Facilitator with the Coming Home Project for: The Art of Cultivating Self-Care and Well Being—A Retreat for Service Providers. The Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA, December 2008
- Psychology of Motherhood: Pre-Partum and Post-Partum Issues. Presentation at Dolphin Yoga and Doula Center, San Mateo, CA, June 2008
- 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, April 2008
- 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, March 2008
- Balancing Life with Children. Little Wonders, Parent-Child Cooperative, San Mateo, CA, March 2007
- Vicarious Traumatization. Women’s Recovery Association, Burlingame, CA, May 2006
- Adjusting to Parenthood. Little Wonders, Parent-Child Cooperative, San Mateo, CA, April 2006
- Wellness for Parents. Little Wonders, Parent-Child Cooperative, San Mateo, CA, October 2005
- Law and Ethics. The Peninsula Training Collaborative, Burlingame, CA, April 2005
- Child Development. The Peninsula Training Collaborative, Menlo Park, CA, March 2005
- Law and Ethics. The Peninsula Training Collaborative, San Mateo, CA, November 2004
- Law and Ethics in Depth Psychology: Clinical and Professional Issues. The Women’s Recovery Association, Burlingame, CA, November 2004
- Ethics in psychotherapy: Developmental considerations. The Women’s Recovery Association, Burlingame, CA, January 2004
- Ethics as a process of integrity: Integrating developmental contributions. The Transitional Program, Palo Alto, CA, October 2003
- Psychotherapeutic Approaches in the Treatment of Trauma. Chinatown Child Development Center, San Francisco, CA, December 2000
- Working with Trauma: Utilizing Psychotherapy and Sandplay for Healing. Richmond Area Multi-Services Center, San Francisco, CA, October 2000
- Case Presentation: Psychological Dynamics, Transference and Countertransference in the Complex Pain Patient. Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, Pain Management Center, Palo Alto, CA, February 2000
- Psychological Dynamics in the Complex Pain Patient: Conceptualziation and Treatment. Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, Pain Management Center, Palo Alto, CA, January 2000
- Psychotherapeutic considerations in the treatment of sexual and physical abuse. College of Notre Dame, Counseling Psychology Dept., Belmont, CA, May 1999
- Managing difficult behaviors in complex patients. Emmanuel Convalescent Home, Millbrae, CA, January 1999
- Physical abuse, sexual abuse and pain: Interventions for physicians and medical professionals. Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, Pain Management Center, Palo Alto, CA, November 1998
- Treating physical and sexual abuse: Implications for therapists. College of Notre Dame, Counseling Psychology Dept., Belmont, CA, October 1998
- Retaining “Eros” in erotic transference and countertransference: Integrating eroticism in clinical practice. Mills Peninsula Hospital Continuing Medical Education Staff Program, Burlingame, CA, September 1998
- Psychotherapeutic approaches for individuals with psychoses and severe mental impairment. The Transitional Program, Palo, Alto, CA, September 1998
- Retaining “eros” in erotic transference and countertransference: Integrating eroticism in clinical practice. Paper presented at the 18th annual spring meeting of the Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association, Boston, MA, April 1998
- Psychotherapy with adolescents and young adults: Developmental and psychological considerations. College of Notre Dame, Counseling Center, Belmont, CA, May 1998
- Transference, countertransference and the treatment of sexual abuse. College of Notre Dame, Counseling Psychology Dept., Belmont, CA, May 1998
- Transference, countertransference and relational issues in treating abused individuals. Community Health Awareness Council, Mountain View, CA, April 1998
- Cultural, interpersonal and psychodynamic factors in caregiving: Towards a greater understanding of treatment non-compliance. Rivera, P. & Marlo, H. Poster presented at The Challenge of Psychological Practice in a Multicultural Society symposium, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto, CA January 1998
- Treating physical and sexual abuse: Recommendations for health care professionals. Presentation at Planned Parenthood, Menlo Park, CA, January 1997
- Utilizing a harm reduction approach in psychodynamic psychotherapy and case management of the dually diagnosed patient. Presented at the National Harm Reduction Conference, Oakland, CA, October 1996
- Time-limited dynamic psychotherapy. Presented at the Intern Training Program at California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, August 1996
- Depression: Phenomenological, conceptual, diagnostic and psychotherapeutic implications. Presented at the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, Columbia, SC, January 1995