On Becoming Human


Sun in an Empty Room is Maryhelen’s most recent book–a volume of new and selected poems celebrating the curiosities, ecstasies and griefs of a life lived fully.

Guarding Master’s Head: Reflections on My Emily Dickinson is an article about Emily Dickinson’s poem “My Life had Stood – a Loaded Gun.” The article was published in Poet Lore in 2011.

Changing Conceptions of Conscience Development is a talk given by Maryhelen at the Ross Snyder Memorial Lecture on May 7, 2004 on The Interpersonal Formation of Conscience in Childhood and Adolescence.

The Young Child as Person: Toward the Development of Healthy Conscience is a full-length book based on fifteen years of research and practice at a laboratory pre-school.

No Hole in the Flame is a memoir in poetry and prose about the experience of the death of a husband after forty years of marriage.

Under Loving Relationships, you will find parts of a recently published manual, "The Wheel of Co-Creative Dialogue."

Becoming: A Method for Expanding Systemic Thinking and Deepening Empathic Accuracy is an article published in Family Process in 1995.




  1. Sun in an Empty Room

  2. No Hole in the Flame

  3. Because I Praise

  4. Young Child as Person


  1. Guarding Master’s Head

  2. Loving Relationships

  3. Conscience Development

  4. Co-Creative Dialogue

  5. More Articles

Poems & Art

  1. Individual Poems

  2. Art


Maryhelen Snyder can be reached by “snail mail” at:

  1. 9672 Farmside Place

  2. Vienna VA 22182

or by email at mels44”AT”cox.net


Welcome to Maryhelen Snyder's website. Maryhelen Snyder is a psychotherapist and poet specializing in the development of livening and empowering relationships with our partners, our children, our communities, and ourselves. On this website, you will find articles, poetry, and book chapters addressing the development of a fully realized humanness.

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