“Why Does Everything Have to Be Fun?”
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Published interview:Into the Woods with Jean Shinoda Bolen:  On Analysis,  Activism, Artemis, and Archetypes.
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Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself:Where do Phobias Come From?
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Can anti-DUI posters in video games help prevent drunk driving?
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Interviewed in Psych Psense Youtube series by Ken Mallon on collective trauma and complex trauma in video,” What do Trump, Syria, and HS Suicide Have in Common?”
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Dr. Marlo joined the Advisory Board for The Burkard School which offers emotional and behavioral support emphasizing social and emotional learning for children.

San Francisco Clinical Psychologist Believes Education Is Transformative
An Interview with Helen Marlo
By CBS News, September 14, 2015
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Between the Worlds—Healing Trauma, Body, and Soul
A Conversation with Donald Kalsched
By Helen Marlo Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, August 13, 2013
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Managing motherhood: Support group provides emotional resource for new moms
An interview with Helen Marlo
By Sally Schilling Daily Journal April, 20, 2013
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San Francisco Clinical Psychologist Believes Education Is Transformative

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Helen Marlo, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, Jungian Psychoanalyst and Professor and Chair of the Clinical Psychology Department at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU).  She is a Faculty Scholar with NDNU’s Sr. Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement and is the Reviews Editor for Jung Journal:  Culture and Psyche. She also created “Mentoring Mothers,” a community service for perinatal health.

She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology at The University of South Carolina, and researched psychoneuroimmunology. She trained at the University of South Carolina’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine; completed pre-and post-doctoral training at The Palo Alto Veterans Administration Health Care System and Kaiser Permanente. At Stanford University’s School of Medicine, she worked with complex trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. She then completed a 6-year analytic training program at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.

What are the responsibilities of your current role?

“As a clinical psychologist and Jungian psychoanalyst, I provide psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and consultation to adults and children through my San Mateo private practice. I work with individuals who struggle from physical, psychological, spiritual, relational and cultural challenges who desire a more whole life.
As a Professor and Department Chair, I have mentored, taught and trained masters and doctoral students to become mental health professionals. I have been a Professor at NDNU for the past 15 years, given its Mission, which supports community engagement and professionally oriented and values based learning. I am devoted to our innovative graduate clinical psychology department, which provides integrative, depth-oriented clinical training. My scholarly work and community engagement projects are also central.”

What is your favorite part of your daily duties?

“To emotionally touch, and be touched by others; to alleviate suffering and engage with others through a process of healing, development, learning or growth—whether through education, teaching, psychotherapy or psychoanalysis — is meaningful. We live in an information-dense, but consciousness poor, world. Engaging with consciousness and with the human mind and spirit are intriguing and inspiring!”

Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?

“I feel strongly about the transformative potential of education, which is partially why I am in higher education. My professors and education changed my life.”

Do you have any advice for people who desire to pursue a similar career?

“A quote from Vincent Van Gogh comes to mind:  ‘It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much, performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.’

Many believe the path to success is to stay narrow and focused. More often, I encourage being open and receptive; to gain, and consciously reflect upon, experiences—this cultivates a love for many things and helps one discover where they have more and less love, which is crucial in this field. This applies to working on one’s psychological development and emotional health—which is particularly critical.”

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Psychoanalysis and Creativity: How Art and Spirituality Catalyze Emotional Growth

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2015-2016 Extended study series.

Wednesdays September 9 – April 13
10:00 11:30 am
Menlo College

Jay Rosenblatt
Opening event: Imaging the Unimaginable
Sat. September 26 1:00 – 3:30pm

Helen Marlo, PhD.
Birth of Self: Out of Dissociation into Creation through Relation September 9-October 21 10:00-11:30am

Angela Sowa, PsyD., MFT
Enigmatic Signifiers and the Search for the Discoverable Object
October 28-December 16 10:00-11:30am

John Conger, PhD.
The Evolutionary Body and Creative Analysis
January 13-February 24 10:00-11:30am

Susan Yamaguchi, LCW
Art and Psychoanalysis
March 2-April 13 10:00-11:30am

Between the Worlds—Healing Trauma, Body, and Soul: A Conversation with Donald Kalsched

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Between the Worlds—Healing Trauma, Body, and Soul: A Conversation with Donald Kalsched

I initially encountered Don’s work through his first book, The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit, and felt his Jungian psychoanalytic and spiritual lens provided a profound and enlivening contribution to the traumatology literature, adding a missing perspective that fostered a deeper, more complete understanding of the subject. I met Don during seminars that were part of my analytic training. Later, we participated together in presenting at a benefit conference, Transforming Trauma: Psychological and Spiritual Pathways to Healing. The following interview occurred on October 4, 2012, via a long distance phone call to his home in Newfoundland. As I reflect upon some main ideas in this interview—relationality, ensoulment, beauty, and connection—I recall how our time was briefly interrupted by a local Newfoundlander who knocked on Don’s door to sell him fresh vegetables. There was a poignancy and beauty at that moment in their exchange—its simplicity yet its depth; their shared, engaged, and embodied humanness; its receptive, nurturing, and nourishing feeling. My image of their exchange feels like it has become a synchronistic and symbolic expression of our exchange as well—fertile food for thought.

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Managing motherhood: Support group provides emotional resource for new moms

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Managing motherhood: Support group provides emotional resource for new moms

Having a baby can be the most rewarding experience in a person’s life. But that does not mean child rearing is without its challenges.

Many mothers find themselves striving to be the perpetually blissful mom — an image that is often projected by society.

Not many western social or cultural beliefs allow for a range of feelings in motherhood, said Helen Marlo, Ph.D., director of the Clinical Psychology Master’s Program at Notre Dame de Namur University.

“Motherhood is either idealized or devalued,” said Marlo. “The pictures we often have are of people who are severely struggling.”

Marlo has discovered that there is actually a wide range of emotional challenges that mothers may face.

“Part of being a healthy human being is having a range of feelings,” she said.

Many new moms have access to a variety of support networks — family, doctors and mothers groups — but still do not have a resource for their deeper emotional challenges. They often feel alone and guilty about their less-than-perfect feelings.

“From the second he was born, I felt guilty,” said a San Bruno mother, who wished to remain anonymous.

She and her husband worked very hard to have a baby but, when her baby was born, she found she was having a hard time adjusting to full-time motherhood. She was attending a moms club — which for her was beneficial in many ways — but she did not feel comfortable talking about deeper emotional issues in that social setting. She was considering seeing a therapist, when her doctor recommended Marlo’s free Mentoring Mothers group.

“It was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders,” she said, as she played with her smiling 7-month-old on her lap.

“I feel like if you say you have any conflicting feelings about motherhood, people say, ‘oh, you have postpartum [depression],’” she said. “It’s totally normal to have conflicting feelings.”

Having a professional run the Mentoring Mothers group allows for a more in-depth productive discussion, said the mother. And Marlo is a mother herself, she added.

As she pushed her son in a stroller, she described her journey through motherhood as one with great “highs” and “lows.”

“When it’s good, it’s really, really good,” she said. “When he laughs.”

She was at a loss for words.

Mentoring Mothers

Marlo, mother of three, began Mentoring Mothers more than a year ago with a faculty grant from NDNU, where she is a faculty scholar with the Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement.

Mentoring Mothers assists moms with a broad range of emotional challenges, from general stress and anxiety to postpartum depression. For some mothers, the group meets all of their needs, and for others, it can serve as a stepping stone for finding more support.

The free weekly group session is held at the Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame. Participants range from being in their third trimester to having toddlers. Some are new moms and some have older children.

Marlo explained that a key stress factor can be a mother’s expectations of herself. Your childhood and your impressions of your own mother can weigh heavily, said Marlo.

“A lot of us want to do better for our kids than we had,” she said.

Or conversely, some people strive to live up to their parents.

Many women are surprised that connecting with their baby is not sudden, but rather a process. Like any personal relationship, fostering a connection takes time, said Marlo.

Through Mentoring Mothers, she facilitates a process in which mothers can discover the roots of their feelings and figure out how to manage them.

Having negative feelings can affect a child, but a parent who acknowledges where these feelings are coming from will end up having a stronger connection, she said.

Wading through advice

Mentoring Mothers also helps moms deal with the flood of advice they are given on things like breastfeeding and sleeping.

“When people put out their advice as gospel, that is what’s stressful,” said Marlo. “I try to come from a balanced place.”

She tells mothers that there are multiple ways to do things and encourages them to think about their own personal values and capabilities.

“There’s a lot of different good moms out there,” she said. “I try to tell them to honor their own experience.”

Filling a void

Marlo lit up as her 2-year-old daughter Audrey entered her office, giggling. Audrey occupied herself with a water dispenser in the hallway, while her mom explained how she started Mentoring Mothers.

Marlo was first drawn to perinatal emotional concerns during her work with trauma patients. A wide range of motherhood issues was repeatedly coming up in her work. However, her peers were mainly focused on postpartum depression, she said, as Audrey proudly presented her with a cup of water, slightly spilling as she jolted toward her mom.

There was only help for these “in-between” mothers who could afford it, she said.

“There really was a void. There’s nothing like this in the Bay Area,” said Marlo, playfully crawling after her daughter as she rushed out of her office again.

She hopes acknowledging that motherhood is challenging and emotionally draining can lead to improved public support for mothers.

“If we make it the woman’s problem, we don’t get much social policy change,” she said.

The United States ranks very low on maternity leave, for example, said Marlo.

“Motherhood can truly be a miraculous time to see the beauty of life, but it’s sad that women can be robbed of that,” she said, as she discovered Audrey’s now large puddle of water in the hallway of her office.

She grabbed a handful of paper towels and began mopping up the spill.

“It doesn’t come easy,” she said.


The Mentoring Mothers group meets Mondays 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Family Birth Center Conference Room — second floor of the Mills-Peninsula Hospital, 1501 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame. Drop-in. No-charge. Babies and bag lunches welcome. Contact: Helen Marlo, Ph.D., 579-4499,

April 20, 2013, 05:00 AM By Sally Schilling Daily Journal

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