Sun, Nov 15, 2020
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Molly Merson, MFT
Stephanie King, Psy.D.
Salon | Social Event
CE Credits: 
Participant Limit: 

$13 General Public
$10 NCSPP Members

Tuition listed above is for early registration, $5 discount off full fee. For registrations received after the deadline, full tuition will be applied to all registrations.

Early Registration Deadline: 
November 01, 2020

Zoom link will be emailed to participants upon registration.


Thelma and Louise

Course Overview: 

Join the PLC, along with guest speakers Molly Merson, LMFT, and Stephanie King, Psy.D., for a discussion of the 1991 classic Thelma and Louise, starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon. Directed by Ridley Scott and written by Callie Khouri, this film follows the journey of two women defying patriarchal oppression and surviving in an unjust world. Attendees are asked to watch the film before the event, where our speakers will lead a discussion of the film’s themes through a psychoanalytic lens.

Commitment to Equity: 

NCSPP is aware that historically psychoanalysis has either excluded or pathologized groups outside of the dominant population in terms of age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, and size. As an organization, we are committed to bringing awareness to matters of anti-oppression, inequity, inequality, diversity, and inclusion as they pertain to our educational offerings, our theoretical orientation, our community, and the broader world we all inhabit.

Presenters Response:

The selection of this film is an attempt to diversify the voices that are magnified by the PLC's events by focusing on the experiences of women interacting with the many manifestations of patriarchy, particularly during a specific time in American culture. Our speakers are excited to explore the influence of gender on the portrayal of friendship, sexuality, whiteness, and more.


Stephanie King, Psy.D., is a cis, white psychologist working in private practice in Marin County, California.  She is a gender specialist, a sex and couples therapist and also works with adult daughters of narcissistic mothers.  Stephanie is the Past President of NCSPP and member of UCSF’s Mind the Gap.

Molly Merson, LMFT, is a gender non-binary, white psychotherapist and a candidate at PINC. Molly appears on podcasts and writes articles, papers, and blog posts on social injustice, psychoanalysis, and “American” culture. She also teaches, offers trainings and presentations, and has supervised trainees and associates at local centers and schools. 

Target Audience & Level: 

This introductory course is for anyone with an interest in a psychoanalytic discussion focused on gender dynamics and other themes.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

No refunds will be allowed for this event.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Brian Kuennemeier, PsyD,

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.

Pre-licensed Clinician Members Committee

The Pre-licensed Clinician Members Committee focuses on outreach to Bay Area psychology students and brings NCSPP-affiliated psychologists to local graduate schools. The committee focuses on supporting professional development, as well as fostering community-building and networking among the next generation of psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

Priscille Schwarcz-Besson, Ph.D., Chair
Kira Bartholomew, BA
Maya Florsheim, MA
Melissa Glass, MA
Thomas Guyer, BA
Brian Kuennemeier, Psy.D.
Suzanne Mungalez, MA