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 Elise Geltman, LCSW

How necessary it is to have opinions! I think the spotted trout
lilies are satisfied, standing a few inches above the earth. I
think serenity is not something you just find in the world,
like a plum tree, holding up its white petals.

The violets, along the river, are opening their blue faces, like
small dark lanterns.

The green mosses, being so many, are as good as brawny.

How important it is to walk along, not in haste but slowly,
looking at everything and calling out

Yes! No! The

by Jacqueline De Lon, MFT


The San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP) is offering a continuous case conference for licensed clinicians in the early stages of their career and pre-licensed clinicians who have completed graduate school. It is designed to be a gathering place where clinicians can come together and form a work group to present, listen to, and think about various cases presented by each other. This case conference will be facilitated by three SFCP faculty members: Jacqueline De Lon, MFT; Walt Beckman, PhD; and Meryl Botkin, PhD.

Fridays, 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm
January 5, 2018 to June 1, 2018
$500 for general public or $450 for SFCP Community Members
An additional $200 for 27.5 CE units

by Alexandra Guhde, PsyD


Oysters, here in Australia, are delicious. Whether you choose the native Ostrea Angasi; the abundant, spiky Pacific Oyster; or the petite, flinty Sydney Rock Oysters, eating these shellfish is an antipodean holiday tradition.

Seafood shops stay open late into the night on Christmas Eve, so people can bring the freshest possible oysters to Christmas lunch. Indeed, one of my favorite rituals, since arriving in Australia, is eating oysters in the sunshine on December 25th. There is something about the sensuousness of the experience that makes the holiday feel especially relaxed and especially Australian -- earthly, and embodied. Life, here, is meant to be lived and enjoyed through the senses.

by Molly Merson, MFT

Putin and Homo Sovieticus: A Review of The Future Is History by Masha Gessen. Masha Gessen, a Russian-American journalist, has written an award-winning analysis of present-day Russia as caught in a trap of its own history. Craving stability, Gessen says that Russian people have traded the hope of political freedom via perestroika for a dull status quo, and that several marginalized groups have suffered severely because of it.

Why Does Psychoanalysis Use the Couch? An interview with an author who traces the history of the couch in psychoanalysis, including the cultural and fashion shifts required to allow for lying down, and the significance of reclining and relaxation in free association.

5 Reasons Why I'll Return to Therapy. A listicle about a subject most dear: psychoanalysis. Rather than a how-to, it's a why-to, from the Hindustan Times.

BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED SUBLET. Available Monday, Friday, some mornings, weekends. Fireplace, built-in cabinets, Wi-Fi, light system. Washington/Fillmore. Call (415) 273-1315.
SEEKING MARKET HALL SUBLET ON THURSDAYS for psychodynamically oriented practice serving adults. Text, call, or email Hilary Beech at (415) 688-4608 or
PSYCHOTHERAPY OFFICE AVAILABLE FULL TIME. In congenial Victorian suite. Light, quiet, built-in bookshelves, closet, 120 sq ft. Includes use of waiting room, deck, and common area. Centrally located in lower Pacific Heights near UCSF-MZ. Excellent public transportation. $975. Contact Howard Gillis, PhD (415) 346-2234.
SEEKING GRADUATE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY FACULTY: Notre Dame de Namur University is seeking faculty to teach graduate-level courses in the Clinical Psychology Department for the Master of Science in Clinical Psychology program. We are a depth-oriented, integrative clinical psychology program located in Belmont, CA, and primarily train 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. Compatibility with the Department and University mission and philosophy. Experience working with students of diverse populations; traditional and nontraditional age students. Please email your CV and teaching interests to the Clinical Psychology Department:
PSYCHOTHERAPY OFFICE SUBLET. Sunny, spacious, furnished office(s) in a suite of four psychotherapy offices. Laurel Heights neighborhood, near Pacific Heights (3195 California Street, cross street is Presidio).  Beautiful neighborhood, beautiful office suite. Please contact Deborah Brenner-Liss, Ph.D., at (415) 608-6307 or


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Appointment Book: 

Visiting Scholar Orna Guralnik
Sat, Dec 2 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / O. Guralnik, PsyD / free - $30

Social Work in the Public Library
Wed, Dec 6 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / T. Fortin, et al. / $15 - $20

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Dec 6 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / L. Weyland, PhD, et al. / free

San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Dec 7 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / K. Svenson, ASW, et al. / free

Freud's Political Reflections on Breaking Social Bonds
Sat, Dec 9 / 9:30 am - 12:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / J. Butler, PhD, et al. / $46 - $67

A Workshop with Anton Hart
Sun, Dec 10 / 10:00 am - 1:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / A. Hart, PhD, FABP / $40

South Bay Monthly Reading Group: Witnessing
Fri, Dec 15 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Private Residence / Palo Alt
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / J. Gerhardt, PhD; A. Cabell, MFT / $15