Impulse is a community newsletter produced by the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP) and distributed electronically at no cost to subscribers. 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 Terrance McLarnan, MFT


The board of directors is pleased to announce the expansion of course offerings to the North Bay. We are aware that many of our members either live or practice in this area and want to make quality NCSPP continuing education opportunities as accessible as possible. To this end, we are encouraging all members who are interested in teaching for NCSPP to submit a course proposal of your area of interest and expertise.

by Lorrie Goldin, LCSW, Impulse Staff Writer


Nancy McWilliams, in Psychoanalytic Diagnosis (1994), writes of the crucial service therapists provide to both individuals and society by allowing patients, especially the more disturbed ones, to spill offensive material.

by Ripple Patel

Book Review of Lacan: In Spite of Everything by Élisabeth Roudinesco. Shahidha Bari evaluates whether Roudinesco's work succeeds as an "exposition of a secret part of the life and work of Lacan, a wandering off the beaten track."

Will Self: The Orkney Case Prefigured Our Acknowledgement of Abuse Today. British novelist and journalist Will Self highlights one positive consequence of the "repressed memories" controversy of the early 1990s.

Proposed Expansion of Coverage for Telemedicine Services . This short but informative article explains the Center for Medicare and Medicaid's initiative to expand telemedicine services - including psychoanalysis - to Medicare

by Tori Branch, Psy.D.


NCSPP revamped our website in 2013. The update was just the lift we needed to showcase all we offer to those interested in psychoanalytic psychology. However, new technology often brings with it minor glitches. Our biggest snag was cancellation of recurring membership information.

Current members, please take a moment to check if your account is active.


JOIN A GROUP OF INDEPENDENT PSYCHOTHERAPISTS: at Associated Counselors, in San Jose, who meet for weekly for ongoing support, consultation and marketing. We have a full time office available soon. For more information contact: Karen Wride, LCSW at (408) 886-7143.

FALL SESSION OF WRITING GROUP AND WORKSHOP: for clinicians that combines writing instruction with peer support. Led by Elise Miller Ph.D., MFT, psychoanalytic scholar and college-writing teacher, begins this September. Meets every other Friday in Albany. For further information:

LET'S GET CLINICAL: FRAMING and CONTAINING: unpack "frame" as structure and process; "containing" - what, and how? 3 Friday afternoons (Sept. 26; Oct. 3, 10) 2:00 - 4:00, and 6 CE credits.

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