Impulse is a community newsletter produced by the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP) and distributed electronically to subscribers at no cost. We envision Impulse as an integrative source for local news, events, and thinking of interest to the psychoanalytically inclined. Our goal is to be your guide as you explore the Bay Area's rich array of analytic resources.

We invite you to become a member of NCSPP, if you are not already. And, we welcome you as a subscriber to Impulse. Join us as we highlight the exceptional diversity of psychoanalytic thought and practice in Northern California.

by Luba Palter, MFT

Wearing (choosing) clothes is a form of storytelling. Analyst Jean Petrucelli agrees. In her article, What is in Your Suitcase? Clothes, Compulsive Shopping, and Packing Communicate the Unspeakable (2023), she points out that clothes serve as a form of self-representation - a type of second skin - a bridge between the internal and external. Clothes can conceal, reveal, serve as a political statement or a creative outlet. From the start of the pandemic when people’s movements were restricted, before vaccines and before it was common knowledge how the virus spread, my job handed out essential worker stickers to its employees just in case the police stopped us, we could show our permit to be on the road. I remember feeling scared and terrifyingly out of control that I could not protect myself or my family. 

by California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), Dept. of Clinical Psychology Program 


Saturday, April 13th, 2024 I 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Hybrid Event)
Please see the website below to register and find more info:

We will explore the increasingly complex set of psychological and sociopolitical challenges we have in the 21st century, and the forms of inquiry that psychoanalysis may offer.

by San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP)


SFCP is delighted to announce that it has established a new Candidate Training Grants for Equity & Diversity Program to help cover costs of analytic training for candidates who identify as persons of color (POC) and candidates with financial need. All funds will be collected via voluntary contributions. Please consider donating to this important fund by clicking on the following link: Candidate Training Grants for Equity and Diversity - Donation Form 


by Nicholas Hack, Psy.D.


One of the things I appreciate about this work – and yes, one of the things that sometimes drives me crazy – is just how often working deeply with others causes me to run into myself. Or, more specifically, how often it causes me to run into something-within-me that I wasn’t really aware of.

A patient is telling me about a moment from childhood. Through their tone and posture, I can tell the story is building to something big. I’m not sure yet if it’s “little-t” or “Big-T”, but it feels like there’s trauma in the room. I’m listening closely, mentally moving to the edge of my seat…

by Candice Turner, Psy.D., NCSPP President

Are you an experienced clinician interested in mentoring? If so, we would love to hear from you and help match you with eager clinicians looking for guidance. We are looking for clinicians with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. This is a new project for NCSPP, so please bear with us as we put this together. However, we are very excited to begin, connect people, and see what evolves. If interested, please email Candice Turner at



OFFICE FOR RENT. One to three days, Los Gatos. Therapist building, spacious and quiet space, near Hwy 17.

SF PSYCHOTHERAPY OFFICES FOR RENT. Two large offices for rent in a 4-office psychotherapy suite. Built-in bookcases and cabinets, air conditioning and ventilation system in elevator building, with excellent sound proofing near Mt. Zion/UCSF. Private waiting room with a separate exit. $1500/month. Attendant parking available. Please contact Gary Grossman, Ph.D. at (415) 928-4662 or

Appointment Book: 

Accountable: The True Story of a Racist Social Media Account
Fri, Apr 12 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / Zoom
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / D. Slater; L. Chow, Psy.D. / free - $40

Psychoanalytic Substance Use Treatment: Reducing Harm
Sat, Apr 13 / 9:00 am - 12:00 pm / Zoom
ICPLA / (916) 442-4904 / D. Bradley Jones, Psy.D., LCSW, et al. / $35 - $130

The Role of the Analyst
Sat, Apr 13 / 9:30 am - 11:30 am / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / D. Leader; J. Wolff-Bernstein, Ph.D. / $80 - $95

Visiting Scholar – Donna Orange
Sat, Apr 13 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / Zoom
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / D. Orange, Ph.D. / free - $40

Professor's Choice with Darian Leader
Sun, Apr 14 / 10:00 am - 10:30 am / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / D. Leader / $50 - $65

Lives Across Time, Part 2
Sat, Apr 27 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / H. Massie, M.D., et al. / free

Symposium – Autotheory
Sun, Apr 28 / 9:30 am - 11:30 am / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / S. Hartman, Ph.D., et al. / free - $50

Film Screening and Discussion: A House Made of Splinters
Sat, May 4 / 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / R. Cowan, Psy.D., LCSW / free

Freud in his Psychosocial Generation
Mon, May 6 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / N. Chodorow, Ph.D. / free