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

"The line separating 'public politics' from 'private distress' is culturally constructed, and not always very clear, even as we seek to police it. That line has rarely seemed less clear than it does today," wrote British sociologist William Davies in a recent article entitled "The Age of Pain." In the 1960s, second-wave feminists highlighted the illusory nature of such a line, leading to the creation of the now ubiquitous slogan "The Personal Is Political." But in contrasting the political upheaval of the 1960s to that of today, Davies makes an interesting distinction: "Back then, people were coming to define themselves by their pleasures: their sexual desires, consumer preferences, lifestyle choices. Today, many are coming to define themselves by their pains: past traumas, mental illnesses and chronic health conditions."

by Karisa Barrow, PsyD

Well, it happened. Trust that many of us are experiencing symptoms related to trauma. This is true especially in my practice because the overwhelming majority of my patients are minorities. It has been a harrowing week in my work with my patients, who I love, as well as for myself and my family. We seem to be moving through rapid cycles of grief. I hope that as psychoanalytic practitioners and students, we make use of our teaching principles, and afford ourselves the opportunity to process and contain these intense fears as we face many uncertainties. I will speak for the board and our upcoming leadership by saying we will continue to champion diversity in all social forms. We will fight and not tolerate hate toward social minority groups. In the meantime, I will hold my cisgendered, educated, white self accountable by rolling up my sleeves and weaving activism into every step of my day. Additionally, I will make considerable efforts to repair my hurt with Jobama memes and whatever else it takes.

by Jane Christmas, PsyD


In this seminar series presented by psychoanalyst and behavioral neuroscientist Maggie Zellner, PhD, we will study the brain's emotional, memory, and cognitive systems to more deeply understand transference and countertransference dynamics and intervene more effectively with our patients.

East Bay
Alternate Fridays from January 13 to May 6, 2017
Sandbox Suites
1900 Addison Street, Suite 200
Berkeley, CA 94704

San Francisco
Alternate Fridays from January 6 to May 19, 2017
530 Bush Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94108

by Milena Edwards, PsyD

California College of the Arts Counseling Services offers four postdoctoral psychology interns an opportunity to receive excellent training and experience working with a diverse student population of aspiring artists. We provide from 10 to 30 sessions of psychodynamic therapy, as well as crisis intervention, consultation, and outreach. Using an integrative, contemporary relational orientation, interns respond to the wide-ranging concerns of creative students working in an intensive arts-based academic environment.

by Alexandra Guhde, PsyD


Ever since arriving in Australia--aka Oz--natives have been warning me about "Tall Poppy Syndrome." An apparently defining complex of Australian culture, Tall Poppy Syndrome originated in ancient Rome--as recorded by Livy, by way of Herodotus--before spreading northward to England where it was eventually transported to Australia during Queen Victoria's reign.

As the story goes, Tarquin the Proud, Rome's seventh and final king, is said to have issued the order to put to death the most illustrious citizens of a town under his dominion. The arrogant king issued his command via a demonstrative metaphor, scything the heads off the tallest poppies in his garden. Since the time of Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, this tale has become a fable of submission, envy, and talion dread: Don't stand too tall or be too colorful, don't get ahead of yourself...or you might find yourself without a head!

by Molly Merson, MFT

Freud's Discontents. The relevance and application of Freud's theories extend beyond understanding individual pathology into the realms of collective power and politics. Why, then, has the influence of these theories and ways of thinking drifted out of contemporary psychology? How can understanding Freud's history help revitalize psychoanalysis to support our work in this uncertain political and social climate?

The Original "Nasty Woman." The myth of Medusa is used as a cultural signifier to describe how powerful, thinking women are silenced, ostracized, and aggressed upon in the name of misogyny, fear, and oppression.

Susie Orbach: The Poetry of Therapy. Susie Orbach beautifully shares the idiosyncratic poetry of the therapeutic hour and the therapeutic relationship. She eloquently describes how the experience of bearing and facing our own conflicts in treatment can break old patterns and lead to something transformational.


SUBLET MONDAYS/WEEKENDS, WASHINGTON/FILLMORE. Beautifully appointed office, fireplace, built-in cabinets, large, quiet. Suite of four offices with shared waiting room, light system, wi-fi. Contact Ellen Salwen, PhD, at (415) 273-1315 or

BEAUTIFUL, LIGHT, QUIET PSYCHOTHERAPY OFFICE. In historic office building with garden, lower Pacific Heights. Available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday until 3:00 pm: $180; Friday: $225; Sat: $225; and Sun: $180. Discount for multiple days (preferred). 230 sq.ft., private bathroom, storage, fridge, microwave, cleaning service, sound machine, waiting area, code entry after 6:00 pm. Contact (415) 441-2789;

PSYCHOTHERAPY OFFICE SUBLETLovely upper Fillmore Street location at 2491 Washington Street in a suite with three other analysts. Office is available Tuesdays and Fridays as well as Wednesday morning until noon. Partial sub-leasing available, although full use of times available is preferred. The office has a contemporary ambience with high ceilings, bay window, analytic couch, and closet with built-in desk. If interested please call Barbara A. Baer, PhD, at (415) 346-8868.

CONSULTATION GROUP IN MARIN. Integration of psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice. Will meet on Tuesdays or Fridays, time to be determined, in Corte Madera. Led by Terry Schulman, PhD, LCSW, faculty member and graduate of SFCP. Applications for CE credit pending. For further info, please contact tschulmanphd@gmail. com or (415) 847-5333.

FOR RENT: Small Laurel Heights psychotherapy office in quiet, well-appointed suite of psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic therapists. Office is 12' x 10' with a 46" square window and small closet. $800/month. Email: or for info & photos.

SEEKING PART-TIME GRADUATE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY FACULTY. Notre Dame de Namur University, in Belmont, California, is seeking part-time faculty members to teach courses in the graduate Clinical Psychology Department for their Master of Science in Clinical Psychology program. We are a depth-oriented, integrative training program, primarily for students who are becoming 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): Experience teaching a range of clinical psychology courses at the graduate level; clinical skills and expertise; experience working with students of diverse populations, traditional and non-traditional age students; compatibility with the department and university mission and philosophy. Please email your CV and teaching interests to the Clinical Psychology Department at

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Appointment Book: 

San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Dec 1 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / P. Ganji, PsyD; I. Katz, MD; E. Markoczy, PsyD / free

Wed, Dec 7 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / V. Teran; T. Sasaki, LCSW; C. Stevens / $15 - $20

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Dec 7 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / D. Gatta, PsyD; F. Hamer, PhD; M. Donner, PhD / free

Presenting Problems
Fri, Dec 9 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / 530 Bush Street / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / G. Duckler, LMFT; J. Christmas, PsyD / free - $40

Languages of Enigma: Alchemical Imagination & Poetic Basis of Mind
Fri, Dec 9 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / T. Cheetham / $140 - $200

Clinical Bion
Mon, Dec 12 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / J. Aguayo, PhD; C. Schneider, PhD; J. Ruskin, PhD / free

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Jan 4 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / J. Chess, PhD; R. Deutsch, PhD; M. Donner, PhD / free

Promoting Depth and Analytic Process in Psychotherapy
Wed, Jan 4 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / B. Steinberg, PhD / $40

San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Jan 5 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / K. Beuthin, LMFT; N. Szajnberg, MD; E. Markoczy, PsyD / free