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.

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by Danni Biondini, LMFT

I came to psychoanalysis, as most things, with opposition. 

Hailing from a line of San Francisco garbage men, I was committed to my family’s working class rebellion. I was a teenage anarchist, back before the tech takeover, when people in San Francisco still believed in stuff. I was vegan. I read Foucault for fun! I entered graduate school problematizing everything, spouting phrases like, “psychology as a normalizing discourse!”, and had a vague idea that becoming a therapist would help. All my notions were theoretical, though; I had yet to discover the purpose of people.1

The psychoanalysis I learned was one that aligned with my opposition. I learned about Freud’s free clinics, about psychoanalysis as a subversive practice, radical in the etymological meaning of radical: to the root. I was drawn to psychoanalysis for its marginal position, for its promise of providing change on a structural level. Unlike its more mainstream, norm-enforcing nemesis, the psychoanalysis I learned was not concerned with mere symptom reduction, or helping people adjust to an unjust society. I was drawn to a psychoanalysis that took a critical stance toward the status quo.2

by Molly Merson, MFT

How Do These Curtains Make You Feel? The Science Of Therapists’ Offices. An exploration into different therapist office styles and how spaces influence patient projections.

If we want a different politics, we need another revolutionary: Freud. How can we bring back Freud the radical, and how might it help us know ourselves more honestly?

Philosophy feuds: On the 13 hours Freud and Jung spent talking about sex, psychoanalysis and the depths of the unconscious. Some notes on the split between Freud and Jung.

by Jeremy Mintz, PsyD


We have a very exciting Scientific Meeting coming up on March 17, 2019. Adam Blum, PsyD, will take us through a deep exploration of identification as the channel through which the erotics of sameness enrich and animate the sexuality of difference. Along the way he will shed new light on Freud’s notion of the “oceanic feeling,” while also weaving together artifacts of contemporary culture, such as William Finnegan’s surfing memoir, Barbarian Days, and musical works by John Luther Adams and Frank Ocean. Dr. Blum will be joined in a dialogue by Francisco Gonzalez, MD. If you like thinking about music, sexuality, and oceanic oneness, you should definitely spend your St. Patrick’s Day at this event. Here are the details:

BACK INTO THE OCEAN: Music, Identification, and the Oceanic Feeling
Sunday, March 17, 2019
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP)
444 Natoma Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

To register, go to


BEAUTIFUL SPACIOUS OFFICE at great location on Union Street. Available Wednesdays & Fridays. $600/mo for both days, or add Tuesday mornings for $750/mo. See pics here: Joshua Wylie, MFT,

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Appointment Book: 

Speaking the Unspoken: Creating a Supervisory Field
Sat, Feb 2 / 9:00 am - 4:00 pm / 668 13th St / Oakland

TPI / (510) 548-4407 / S. Chin, PhD, et al. / $115 - $165

A Discussion of Clinical Approaches in Couple Therapy

Sat, Feb 2 / 9:30 am - 12:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco

SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / D. de Marneffe, PhD, et al. / $25 - $65

Focus On – Sexuality Now
Tue, Feb 5 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 3824 Grand Ave / Oakland

PINC / (415) 288-4050 / M. Rundel, PhD / $100 - $220

Trauma-Informed Case Management: Supporting Women with HIV
Wed, Feb 6 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco

SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / UCSF Women’s HIV Program Social Work Team / $15 - $20

Second Fridays – Waiting for PoPo

Fri, Feb 8 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco

PINC / (415) 288-4050 / S. Herlekar, PsyD, et al. / free - $40

A Personal View of the Theoretical Shifts at SFPI/CP

Mon, Feb 11 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco

SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / J. Dunn, PhD, et al. / free

Paving Paradise: The Inability to Learn from Experience
Thu, Feb 14 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 2837 Claremont Blvd / Berkeley

NCSPP / (707) 625-0878 / R. Cowan, PsyD / $135 - $315

Focus On – Couples on the Couch
Tue, Feb 19 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco

PINC / (415) 288-4050 / S. Nathans, PhD / $125 - $275

Shadows, Ghosts, and Chimaeras
Thu, Feb 21 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco

PINC / (415) 288-4050 / J. Sekoff, PhD / free - $15

The Psychosomatic Symptom: Integral Medicine & Psychiatry
Fri, Mar 1 / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm / 1453 Mission St / San Francisco
CIIS / S. Von / (510) 295-4711 / free

The Late Lacan and Beyond: School+Clinic=Sclinic
Sat, Mar 2 / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm / 1453 Mission St / San Francisco
CIIS / S. Von / (510) 295-4711 / $20 - $40

Focus On – Interrogating Psychoanalysis with Color in Mind

Sat, Mar 2 / 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm / private office / Berkeley

PINC / (415) 288-4050 / M. Muralidharan, PsyD; S. Herlekar, PsyD / $75 - $170