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 Shlomit Gorin, MA

It's the last month of summer. Summertime conjures whimsical fantasies and flights of fancy involving remote beaches and hammocks and siestas. It summons childhood memories of playing outside all day, returning home sticky and dirty when called in for dinnertime.

We would like to say goodbye to Adam Blum, who has resigned from his position as editor of Potential Space. For four years, Adam helped shape and ensure creative, high quality content submitted by our writers. Over the years, he also contributed several pieces of his own. Thank you, Adam, for years of steering Potential Space and your commitment to Impulse.

by Lorrie Goldin, LCSW, Impulse Staff Writer


Is eating broccoli an adverse childhood experience? That's about the biggest upset that Riley, the protagonist of Pixar's new film, Inside Out, encounters until age 11, when her family moves. Even for this securely attached child with loving parents and a sunny disposition, calamity ensues.

Riley's destabilization is triggered by the loss of everything familiar to her, parents who are preoccupied and misattuned, and looming adolescence. The biggest threat, however, is that Joy, one of the film's main characters, is planted too firmly at the helm, with Sadness practically banished.

by Ripple Patel

How Therapists Mourn. A psychiatrist meditates on love and loss in clinical work.

Book Alert: "Money Talks in Therapy, Society, and Life." July's edition of the podcast New Books in Psychoanalysis is an interview with the authors ofMoney Talks in Therapy, Society, and Life. (The audio link is below the written introduction.)

The Age of Creepiness. Charles Ashbach, PhD, elaborates the link between the Greek word therapon and contemporary understandings of therapeutic function, process, and change.

by Elise Geltman, LCSW


Our attention as psychoanalytically minded individuals is often aimed at considering what is unbearable, sent away, or disappeared. We know that what is repressed will likely re-present itself for consideration and working through. We also know that each troubled return is an opportunity. As evidenced by current events, there is a painful repetition in our society, as in the individual, around power, difference, fear, and injustice. What does psychoanalysis have to contribute to our understanding of current realities? The Education Committee invites proposals for Fall 2016/Spring 2017 courses that consider social struggles and/or dialogues through a psychoanalytic lens.


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BEAUTIFUL OFFICE SPACE. 2nd floor, no elevator, Wed., Fri., and Sat. In Cupertino at 85 and Stevens Creek. Call Kalpana Asok at (408) 808-1490.

SEEKING ADJUNCT GRADUATE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY FACULTY. Notre Dame de Namur University, in Belmont, CA, is seeking adjunct faculty members to teach courses in the graduate Clinical Psychology Department for students pursuing a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. Students are primarily training to become licensed marriage and family therapists and professional clinical counselors. Qualifications (necessary): PhD in Psychology from a regionally accredited university department of psychology, licensed clinical psychologist with current CA license and active clinical work. Other qualifications (highly desirable): demonstrated experience teaching a range of graduate-level clinical psychology courses; demonstrated experience working with students of diverse populations and with traditional and non-traditional age students; and compatibility with the department and university mission and philosophy. Please email your CV and teaching interests to the Clinical Psychology Department:

OFFICE SUBLET AVAILABLE: Pacific Heights. Wednesdays and Fridays.  $300 each full day per month.  Includes utilities, internet, cleaning, light alert system, key-pad entry.  Contact Carrie Evenden, 415-793-9643.

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