Marilyn grew up in Hawaii, a land of great beauty and native wisdom where life is deeply intertwined with nature and its rhythms. She still considers Hawaii, a place alive with the sacred feminine, her soul home. She visits as often as possible.

The early loss of her baby sister, and later, the death of her younger brother, cultivated a deep compassion in her for suffering people and the mysteries of life and death. This drew her into a career in psychology. A stronger calling arose after the births of her children, several powerful visions, and a surprising passion for new science.

When her four year old daughter complained in 1977 “I know all about history. What about Herstory?” Marilyn realized she was quite frustrated and annoyed at then current psychological models of the self. As a single mother, Marilyn became increasingly aware that psychology did not value women or take their experiences, perspectives, inclusive thinking and feeling, or their spirituality into account. She dedicated herself to exploring and describing the science and spirituality of women’s lives, the processes of growth and transformation, and the archetypal psychology of the dynamic, transformative Feminine.

Professional Life

Marilyn’s career began with education, and progressed to psychology, art, writing and speaking.  Marilyn completed her Master’s of Education from The Raskob Institute in 1979 and worked with gifted adolescents with learning disabilities.  She later returned to school for her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA, concentrating on female psychology and the evolution of consciousness.

During her career as a Jungian psychologist, Marilyn also taught at graduate schools and provided continuing education for psychotherapists on the topics of female psychology and re-visioning the self.  Click here for past presentation topicshere for current programs, and here for a current Curriculum Vitae.

In 2013, Marilyn published her first book: The Wild Feminine: Stories to Inspire and Embolden.  She is enjoying her home in Northern California and her return to painting.