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 Loong Kwok, Psy.D.

I initially chose to pursue therapy as a career because I wanted to help people by providing a magical cure. When I was confronted with the reality that this required work with no guarantees, I had to choose again whether this was something to which I could commit. There are days when it continues to be a struggle to hold onto my therapeutic sensibilities, but I continue to feel that I made the right decision.

by Lorrie Goldin, LCSW, Impulse Staff Writer


Phuc Tran, who as a child barely escaped death in the last days before Saigon fell, speaks in a TED talk about how grammar and culture shape one another and create different worldviews. English, he notes, employs the subjunctive tense--the could haves, would haves, and should haves. It communicates hope, imagination, and possibility, but also regret and longing.

by Ripple Patel

What Does That Bring to Mind? Mimicking the setup of an actual session, five psychoanalysts describe their profession - with only their offices in view.

A Freud Museum Exhibition Plumbs Meanings. This short but interesting piece describes the first art exhibit to be housed in Freud's Vienna office.

Making My Therapist Laugh. Daphne Merkin - a longtime therapy patient and current analysand - explores the origins of her self-presentation as a comic.

by Tiffany McLain

We here at NCSPP have a tiny secret for you - all these awesome events you attend, they are put on by a slew of tiny elves toiling away in a workshop. Okay! I lied!

All of the NCSPP events that you know and love are actually created, from the ground up, by an entire group of committed, engaged, thoughtful and generous individuals who volunteer their time to bring you the programming, editorials, and social events that you love.


POST-GRADUATE TRAINING IN PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY.  The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley offers a two-year clinical training program to start September 11, 2015. Trainees work in the Institute's moderate fee clinic under intensive supervision (individual and group) by outstanding Bay Area clinicians. Seminars cover major theoretical and technical aspects of psychotherapy, and professional development.  Eight positions are available. There is no fee, nor is there a salary or stipend. Contact Mark Bronnenberg,  or

EARLY-CAREER DEVELOPMENT/CONSULTATION GROUP. Openings available for clinicians who would like to develop their skills in psychoanalytic psychotherapy while working on growing and maintaining a rewarding private practice. Thursdays 10 to 11:15 a.m. in Berkeley. For more info contact Carolina Bacchi, Psy.D., (510) 594-4314,; or Adam Beyda, Psy.D., (510) 985-0362,

LOOKING FOR FRIDAY AFTERNOON SUBLET in Mill Valley. Please call Brook at (415) 789-8527.

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Appointment Book: 

When Your Personal Life Intrudes
Wed, Dec 3 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / D. Yu, LCSW, D. Sorbo, LCSW, BCD / $15

Promoting Depth and Analytic Process in Psychotherapy
Wed, Dec 3 / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / Beth Steinberg, Ph.D. / free

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Dec 3 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / S. Perna, Psy.D.; M.Donner, Ph.D. / free

San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Dec 4 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / M. Baker, MFT; R. Deutsch, Ph.D. / free

Other Ways In: In the Dark, Darken Further
Sat, Dec 6 / 10:00 am - 1:00 pm / 530 Bush Street / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / Megan Rundel, Ph.D. / free - $60

A Premiere Film Screening and Fundraising Event
Sat, Dec 6 / 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / Robert Wallerstein, M.D. / $35 - $100

The Analyst's Way of Being: Recognizing Separable Subjectivity
Mon, Dec 8 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / R. Tuch, M.D.; L.Benioff, Ph.D.; J Ruskin, Ph.D. / free

Compassionate Callout Culture: A Relational Model
Fri, Dec 12 / 3:45 pm - 6:00 pm / 2232 Carleton St. / Berkeley
TPI / (415) 820-1640 / Aden Neumeister, Psy.D. / free

Opening Space: Contemplating Diversity Inside and Out
Sat, Dec 13 / 9:30 am - 12:30 pm / 2232 Carleton Street / Berkeley
TPI / (510) 549-2945 / Denni Liebowitz, LCSW / $46 - $106

Seasoned Clinicians -- Case Conference #1
Wed, Jan 7 / 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / Mary Margaret McClure, DMH / $575

Child Case Presentation
Wed, Jan 7 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / V. Arnand, MA; R. Epstein, M.D.; M. Donner, Ph.D. / free

Psychological Movements in Adolescence
Wed, Jan 7 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / Diane C. Fuery, Ph.D., LCSW / $1,450 - $1,550