Upcoming Events

Paradoxes of Neuroplasticity
How the Brain Compensates, Grows, and Heals           
While the Mind/Body Gets Mired in Habit

Presented by
Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D. 
Insight Center
1404 Greenfield Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025
 March 14, 2020
10:00 – 5:00 pm
 Scientists believed that the mature brain anatomy was fixed and incapable of change or regeneration for many decades. It was commonly believed that the brain underwent a long slow process of decline after childhood until death. However, contemporary neuroscience has shown this to be far from true. While clear limits exist, the human brain is flexibly adaptive in various ways throughout the lifespan. Transformation of the mind/body/brain holistically through successful psychotherapy is one case in point. 

This workshop examines the miracles and dangers of neuroplasticity, including the history and controversies surrounding the concept. Throughout the day we will address the seemingly paradoxical aspects of plasticity—the very same mechanisms allowing for change also move us ever deeper into our earliest habits.

$195 – Full tuition
$165 – Early registration
(ends February 29, 2020)
Pre-licensed student discount – 30% 
Use coupon “student30.”
Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D. will receive the 2019 Award
for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Psychology 
Dr. Terry Marks-Tarlow has devoted her life to pursuing her passions for personal self-exploration and professional development. She regularly presents her own theoretical approaches and novel ideas at professional workshops throughout the city, the country, and internationally. To date, she has authored/edited nine books on creativity and clinical intuition and has served on numerous professional boards and committees, including LACPA’s Board of Directors, LASCP, Gestalt Therapy Institute, and the California Board of Psychology. She co-produces LACPA’s annual Mirrors of the Mind art exhibit. Dr. Marks-Tarlow is on the Advisory Board of the California Dance Institute, the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Play, and is a distinguished member of the Panel of Experts for The Neuropsychotherapist.

Please join me for the opening reception of my group art show on June 9th!



May 31 – June 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

in Philosophy, Art, History, Brain Science, Anthropology, Psychology, Artificial Intelligence

Music, Subtle Energy, Tai Chi, Brain Dance

Nondual Consciousness and Spiritual Experience…

Deepak Chopra, Ken Wilber, Nancy Ellen Abrams, Ervin Laszlo, Judith Blackstone, Asoka Bandarage, Paul Mills, James Clement Vanpelt, Stephan Schwartz, Rick Barrett, Jeffery Martin, Terry Marks-Tarlow, Tobi Zausner, Anngwyn St. Just, Bernie Baars, Neil Theise, Natalie Geld, David Edelman, Ed Sarath, Constance Scharff, and many others.

Including a Saturday evening social event with doctoral students and additional presentations.



Theater of the Mind: Performances for Healing and Growth

Join us for an exciting evening of theater, music, and dance—all with one thing in common: the journey toward psychological healing and growth. Theater of the Mind will engage your senses as you are taken through a carefully-curated show full of creative expression in an intimate theater setting. Including everything from dynamic dance performances to thought-provoking dramatic pieces, you don’t want to miss out. 

A collaboration of the Los Angeles Psychological Association (LACPA), San Fernando Valley Chapter of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (SFV-CAMFT), and California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Theater of the Mind aims to provide a night out on the town while raising awareness about the importance of psychological and emotional health in our communities. So, come out, have some fun, and support a great cause while you’re at it. Get your tickets here and we’ll see you at the theater!

Saturday, February 23, 2019                             7:30 PM – 9:30 PM PST

The Electric Lodge   1416 Electric Avenue   Venice, CA 90291

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Awakening Clinical Intuition: The Neurobiology of Flashes, Hunches, and Gut Feelings
Presenter: Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD

Where: Kripalu Yoga Center                                                57 Interlaken Road                                          Stockbridge, Massachusetts  01262
When: March 8 – 10, 2019
Tuition: $265.00 per person + room and meals
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CEUs available!

                                              The Los Angeles County Psychological Association’s                                                                                     Community Outreach Committee

Mirrors of the Mind 7:  

          The Psychotherapist  as Artist                  

A juried exhibition of visual arts created by psychologists, psychotherapists and students

RECEPTION, November 24, 2018
Saturday, 6:00 to 9:00 PM              

                                         Santa Monica Art Studios, South Hanger                                                                                          3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90405                                     


         Poetry Reading         Live Music         Light Refreshments

                                        Exhibition Dates: November 21 – December 1, 2018                                                                               Gallery hours, Nov 21 -Dec 1, free to public                                                Wednesday to Saturday (Thanksgiving excluded), 12 – 6 pm

                    JURORS: Robert Bilder, PhD, Rebecca Catterall                                                                                    CURATOR: Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD   CO- CURATOR: Pamela McCrory, PhD                                            


801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

NOVEMBER 2-4, 2018

The conference features over 80 speakers highlighting the science and practice of embodied relational psychotherapy and discussing new developments in trauma therapy, social justice, sex therapy, dance, and yoga therapies.

Conference Highlights

Along with dozens of published authors, we are hosting the west coast premiere of the exciting new documentary re-evaluating the legacy of Wilhelm Reich. Join practitioners of countless somatic traditions including Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Bioenergetics, Core Energetics, Hakomi, Focusing and more!

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November 2-4, 2018
8:00am-6:00pm (Friday)
8:00am-8:00pm (Saturday)
9:00am-1:30pm (Sunday)

Friday, November 2
4:00-6:00 Barrett Center
Clinical Intuition as The Body’s Flower of Compassion and Creativity
Terry Marks Tarlow, PhD


Members Pre-Conference: $200
Non-Members Pre-Conf: $250
Members Full Conference: $400
Non-Members Full Conf: $500

Members Day Pass: $250 (Friday or Saturday only)
Non Members Day Pass: $300 (Friday or Saturday only)
Continuing Education Credits Fee $25.00

All registration fees include meals. Pre-Conference: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Conference: Friday: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner; Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch, and an hors-d’oeuvre reception; Sunday: Breakfast and Lunch.

On campus rooms at the Conference are SOLD OUT!

Register here

The Mask of Self-Deception:

Addressing Fantasy and Illusion in Psychotherapy

Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D.

June 23, 2018
10:00 – 5:30 pm

                                                                     Insight Center

1404 Greenfield Avenue #1
Los Angeles, CA 90025

$195 full / $165 early registration
(Pre-licensed students can get a discount of 30% using “student30” coupon)
Early registration ends February 23, 2018

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About Time!
Temporal Dimensions to Being, Self, and Psychotherapy

Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D.

March 24, 2018
10:00 – 5:00 pm

                                                                      Insight Center                                                                     1404 Greenfield Avenue #1
Los Angeles, CA 90025

$195 full / $165 early registration
(Pre-licensed students can get a discount of 30% using “student30” coupon)
Early registration ends February 23, 2018

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This webinar will be free to everyone! 

January 31 – 7:00 – 8:00 pm EST
Awakening Clinical Intuition: Play, Creativity & The Body
An Interview
With Dr. Terry Marks-Tarlow, Clinical Psychologist & Author
Join Dr. Marks-Tarlow as she is interviewed by USABP President Dr. Chris Walling about her latest work on Play & Creativity and its relationship to clinical intuition and body psychotherapy. Dr. Tarlow believes that the body is not only the repository of trauma, but also “a vast storehouse of expert knowledge.” 
Dr. Marks-Tarlow has published extensively on the intersections of interpersonal neurobiology, Somatics, and psychotherapy. Join them for a lively discussion of embodied clinical truths. 

Free! Two Day Rushi Chan Meditation Workshop!

A dynamic practice of meditation training for mental health providers
Sponsored by the Los Angeles County Psychological Association’s Community Outreach Committee
Trainers traveling from Beijing in combination with local trainers will work with translators.
They will offer meditation techniques geared specifically for mental health providers for the first time!
  Dates: Saturday & Sunday, January 13 & 14, 2018
  Time:  9 am – 5 pm
  Address: LACPA Office
                   6345 Balboa Blvd,
                   Building 2, Suite 126
                   Encino, California 91316
To participate in this unique opportunity, please RSVP to
Terry Marks-Tarlow: markstarlow@hotmail.com 




When: November 10 – 12, 2017

WherePhiladelphia Airport Marriott
            One Arrivals Road, Terminal B
                  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19153

Clinical Intuition to Enhance a Creative Practice: The Beginner’s Mind – Part I (Saturday morning)
Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD

Clinical intuition is a necessary ingredient for change regardless of therapeutic orientation. This presentation explores aspects of clinical intuition, including its neurobiology, and differences between creative spontaneity and impulsive enactment. Tools are offered to help clinicians turn fully into themselves and others, and open up to this particular person in this particular moment.

Clinical Intuition to Enhance a Creative Practice: Flowering into Wisdom – Part II (Saturday afternoon)
Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD

Therapeutic wisdom represents the flowering of clinical intuition within a stance of humility, compassion, and non-judgment. This workshop explores the fallacies of common assumptions about clinical expertise, and stresses accepting uncertainty, ambiguity, and paradox. Therapists need to maintain self-care and give up the urgency to “fix” problems and “direct” outcomes. Attendance at Part I of the workshop is mandatory to attend Part II.


Mirrors of the Mind 6:

The Psychotherapist as Artist

ART EXHIBITION DATES: November 15-26, 2017,

RECEPTION : November 18, 5-10 PM

Theater events, poetry reading, silent auction, snacks and food!

EXHIBITION LOCATION:  Art Share LA, “Sanctuary for the Arts”, 801 E 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013

JURORS: Robert Bilder, PhD, Rebecca Catterall, Gus Harper

            CURATOR: Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD; CO-CURATOR: Pamela McCrory, PhD

Beyond Words: Experiencing Somatic Psychotherapy

When: June 9, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Antioch University Santa Barbara,
602 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Presented by AUSB Master’s in Clinical Psychology program, this unique one-day training will explore current developments in the area of somatic psychology through a combined seminar/workshop learning experience. Faculty and practitioner-scholars will share expertise on the intersection of interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and the arts. Participants will learn the essentials of integrating somatic practice within a range of areas of clinical work, particularly in healing trauma.

Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD
Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy

Bonnie Goldstein, PhD
Introduction to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Victoria Stevens, PhD
Creativity and the Art of Psychotherapy

Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD
Practicing Poetically

6 CEUs (for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs) $75

General admission $60
Please RSVP by May 31st.

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Clinical Intuition in Psychotherapy:

The Neurobiology of Flashes, Hunches, and Gut Feelings

May 20, 2017

$195 full / $165 early registration until May 10, 2017

Insight Center

1404 Greenfield Ave #1,

Los Angeles, CA 90025 

How do we know exactly what to do and say as psychotherapists? Clinical intuition is indispensable to effective psychotherapy, yet the topic is rarely discussed within the current social politics of our field. Clinical intuition fills the gap between theory and practice through moment-­to-­moment, embodied perceptions and emergent responses unique to each person, moment, and therapeutic dyad. This workshop explores conscious as well as nonconscious aspects of intuition that arise in therapists and patients alike. An interactive format integrates interpersonal neurobiology with artful dimensions of psychotherapy.

This workshop combines didactic and experiential explorations of clinical intuition from the integrative perspective of interpersonal neurobiology. We will examine our intuition as a bottom-­up, implicit, nonconscious mode of communication. We will explore the evolutionary and developmental roots of intuition in mammalian limbic emotional and motivational circuits. Finally, we will use a play model of healing and growth in the therapeutic dialogue, using unconsciously orchestrated games that organize relational bids and rhythms of engagement, defence, and creative emergence.



 The Second Annual Online Creativity for Mental Health Professionals

                                                           Create Fest is all about empowering therapists to awaken your creative spirit and reignite passion for your work.                                                                                 12 speakers are passionately committed to helping you revitalize and enhance your practice.

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 Goddard College Expressive Arts Workshop by Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD
Accessing Creative Practices through Developing Clinical Intuition
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
General Registration: $150
Alumni Registration: $135
(CEs available for $20.00 payable
on the day of the event)
As psychotherapists, how do we know exactly what to do and say? Clinical intuition is indispensable to effective psychotherapy, yet the topic is rarely discussed within the current social politics of our field. Clinical intuition fills the gap between theory and practice through moment-to-moment, embodied perceptions, and emergent responses unique to each person, moment, and therapeutic dyad. By tapping into clinical intuition, we naturally access our interpersonal creativity, which allows us to tap into flow states and keeps our work inspiring and fresh.
This cutting edge workshop explores conscious as well as non-conscious aspects of intuition that arise in therapists and patients alike. An interactive format integrates nonlinear sciences, interpersonal neurobiology, and artful dimensions of psychotherapy. In this partly didactic, partly experiential seminar, we will explore clinical intuition from multiple perspectives:
  1. The paradigm shift afforded by nonlinear science (chaos theory, complexity theory and fractal geometry) for mind/body/brain integration;
  2. Intuition’s workings via bottom-up, implicit, non-conscious modes of communication;
  3. Its evolutionary and developmental roots within mammalian limbic emotional and motivational circuits;
  4. Its creative manifestation in the therapeutic dialogue through PLAY, including unconsciously orchestrated games that organize relational bids and rhythms of engagement, defense, and novel emergence.

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*New production presented by Arts Beyond the Machine with the Juilliard School’s Center for Innovation.


Jonathan Dawe‘s CRACKED ORLANDO is a delicate mini opera/ballet running approximately forty minutes and designed specifically for performance in a museum. Recasting energies and sounds of the Italian Baroque, this composition reforges references to early eighteenth century music through compositional workings based upon fractal geometry. A truly miniature work, aspects of the music and drama are distilled into crystallized moments, ranging from shimmering stasis to mercurial flashes. In keeping with these ideas, the text has been extracted from the libretto originally used by Vivaldi, and regrown using fractal methods as well.

Cracked Orlando from the epic fantastic tale by Ariosto, tells the story of Orlando, who in love with Angelica, pursues her to the island of the sorcerer Alcina, only to discover that she truly loves Medoro. Trapped within Alcina’s enchanted realm and distraught with profound jealousy and despair he is taken by great madness. His sickness resolves only when Alcina’s power is broken, all illusions are lifted, and her lush island is revealed as the barren desert it truly is.

COMPOSER Jonathan Dawe

LIBRETTO Terry Marks-Tarlow

ORLANDO Brennan Hall, countertenor
ANGELICA Sharon Harms, soprano   
ALCINA Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo-soprano


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10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Five Qualities of Mindfulness: A Multidisciplinary Experience
Terry Marks-Tarlow, PhD

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