Terry Marks-Tarlow

Psychologist, Speaker, Author, Artist

Art & Science

I grew up in New Jersey and moved to California where I received my B.A. in psychology from Stanford University and my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA. During graduate school, I was trained primarily in cognitive-behavioral work and sought additional training at the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (GTILA), eventually becoming President. I received training in hypnosis from Jean Holroyd and Michael Diamond at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute, plus studied guided imagery with Muriel Fuller. I pursued analytic self-psychology from Lynne Jacobs.

For over a decade, I have been studying interpersonal neurobiology and regulation theory with Allan Schore. I have taught developmental neurobiology at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and at Reiss Davis Child Studies Center.

I am currently an adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute and core teaching faculty at the Insight Center in Los Angeles where I conduct continuing education workshops and classes.

Featured Articles

Terry is a regular contributor to The Neuropsychotherapist and one of our Science of Psychotherapy Experts.

What is Freedom?

As often happens via social media, a stimulating quote by Buddhist teacher Ken McLeod found its way into my email box. “What is freedom? It is the moment-by-moment experience of not being run by one’s own reactive mechanisms.” This idea immediately caught my fancy. As...

Embodied Clinical Truths

Within the somatically-oriented healing community, it is well-known that the body “bears the burden” (Scaer, 2001) as well as “keeps the score” (van der Kolk, 2014), especially with respect to trauma. Unprocessed emotions and other residues of traumatic events...

Play and Creativity in Psychotherapy

Play and Creativity in Psychotherapy (From the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology, 2017). Edited by Terry Marks-Tarlow, Marion Solomon, and Daniel J. Siegel.    [wlm_private "1 Year Subscription|NPT Basic|3 Year Subscription|NPT Standard|Staff|NPT...


Terry is a prolific writer of papers and books. Here are a selection of her popular works:

Play & Creativity in Psychotherapy
Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy
Awakening Clinical Intuition


Terry Talks A Little About Herself

Terry Marks-Tarlow in conversation with Richard Hill and Matthew Dahlitz on The Science of Psychotherapy Podcast.

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