“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.”
- John Rohn
After more than two decades of professional work as a psychologist and professor, Helen Marlo, Ph.D., developed “Emergence” to address reproductive mental health needs in women, their children, and partners. Emergence provides integrated mental health services that foster health, development, and psychological growth. Her personal life as a married mother of three children provides continual inspiration for her professional work. She is passionate about engaging with individuals during this vulnerable and influential time of life.
Dr. Marlo is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 15318), and psychoanalyst (certified through the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco). She is a full Professor of Clinical Psychology at Notre Dame de Namur University where she is Director of the Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology Program, and a faculty scholar with the Dorothy Stang Center for Social Justice and Community Engagement, which fosters socially conscious education, training, and community engagement. She is also an Adjunct Research Faculty member at The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and the Reviews Editor for Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche. A volunteer with HealhRight International, she donates her clinical services to support the health of traumatized and tortured individuals from around the world.
Since 1997, she has maintained a private practice in Burlingame, CA, specializing in depth-oriented psychotherapy with an emphasis on reproductive mental health, trauma, and developmental issues. She provides psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, and consultation for adults, children, and infants. She trains psychotherapists, teaches a range of graduate clinical psychology courses, serves on dissertation committees, and edits professional manuscripts. She provides education, consultation, and training to professionals, students, and organizations on numerous topics, particularly reproductive mental health issues, including to birth professionals and clients of organizations such as, Dolphin Yoga and Doula Center.
Dr. Marlo’s work in the field of reproductive mental health partially originated from her professional interests and training in lifespan developmental psychology, infant mental health, trauma, integrative and behavioral medicine, neuropsychology, and psychodynamic psychology. Following an academic background in Psychology and Religious Studies, she 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.
While training at The University of South Carolina’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Dr. Marlo gained extensive experience with perinatal issues including: women’s health problems, obstetric and gynecological conditions, prepartum and postpartum emotional problems, birth trauma, infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss. As a psychologist within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, she worked with women who suffered from trauma, abuse, complex post-traumatic stress, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Profoundly moved by these experiences, she developed a greater appreciation for the intricate relationship between trauma, health, pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. She completed post-doctoral training at The Palo Alto Veterans Administration Health Care System and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center where she treated a full range of psychiatric problems including early childhood, relational, physical, and sexual trauma and mind-body problems. She then completed many years of advanced, analytic training at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, where she was certified as a Jungian psychoanalyst.
Dr. Marlo’s diverse clinical and academic work has provided training and experience in many modalities. She integrates a depth psychological and developmental perspective into her professional services and works with individuals in a variety of ways to best meet their needs. This may involve brief or long-term psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, consultation, and psychoeducation. It may include integrating hypnosis, guided imagery, meditation, dreamwork, mindfulness, sandplay, somatic interventions, spiritual work, and the creative, expressive arts.
Dr. Marlo is intrigued by the mysteries of consciousness, birth, healing, and transformation, and works to foster their emergence through her professional services. Her work is significantly informed by contributions from diverse disciplines, and is influenced by a range of healing and therapeutic life experiences and relationships, including those from spiritual, wisdom, and contemplative traditions.
From Dr. Marlo’s life and professional work, she knows of the suffering associated with reproductive mental health issues, including the pain related to inadequate and limited treatment. Through Emergence, she provides integrative and individualized care, which addresses the psychological, emotional, spiritual, and physical dimensions of reproductive mental health issues across the lifespan. Dr. Marlo’s approach is devoted, curious, receptive, kind, nurturing, and compassionate.
In Dr. Marlo’s personal life, she most enjoys her close relationships with her husband, children, and friends. A life-long lover of learning, she enjoys learning nearly anything, and appreciates art, culture, travel, reading, film, yoga, meditation, and dance.