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 Luba Palter, MFT

Hello everybody!

My name is Luba Palter and I am the new Editor-in-Chief of Impulse. I have had this recurring dream for years. I am inside a house with many, many rooms. The house is intricate; a lot of the rooms are hidden within crevices. Some rooms have not been visited for years and are full of cobwebs and dust. Some rooms have white tarps over furniture as if the owners meant to come back. I’m thinking of this new role as the EIC of Impulse as if I’m walking into an unexplored room. I’m thinking of writing on a regular basis as if I’m walking into an abandoned chamber.

I am a Jewish, cis woman from Russia. My family emigrated to San Francisco from St. Petersburg when I was 12 years old. I provide crisis services as well as arrange inpatient hospitalization at Kaiser. Additionally, I have a private practice in Berkeley with a focus on adult individuals. One way to understand my love of psychoanalytic ideas is to acknowledge that psychoanalytic language and the language of poetry are interchangeable to me. I am sharing a poem I wrote as I was trying to put words to what was brewing inside after a challenging session with a client.

by Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group


PCPG is excited to offer our Intensive Study Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Fall of 2023. We are accepting applications for the Fall program from January 15, 2023 until March 31, 2023. We offer a unique, theoretically-grounded immersion in psychoanalytic thinking about couple relationships and couple psychotherapy, in a warm, collaborative community. PCPG’s program is designed to help clinicians build ballast by increasing their understanding of the pressures and dynamics that affect couple relationships through the study of contemporary psychoanalytic theory. PCPG is committed to increasing access to its Intensive Study Program, and has funds available for tuition credit to support its mission of diversity, equity, and inclusivity.


BEAUTIFUL, QUIET OFFICE IS AVAILABLE FOR SUBLET. Rent includes a sunlit, fully furnished office with an analytic couch, a private side-office, utilities, WiFi, cleaning service, and Coway air filter. This office is in a suite with other therapists in a great location only a block away from Rockridge BART. Contact Ruth Simon: for prices and availability.

Old couches, new books, hot jobs, cool internships, office rentals? List them in Impulse's Classifieds for a modest fee. Please see our submission guidelines for details.   

Appointment Book: 

Becoming a Couple: An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Couple
Wed, Feb 1 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / D. Iscoff, MFT / free

The Social Unconscious in Theory and Practice
Wed, Feb 8 / 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / L. Farha, LCSW; K. Dajani, Psy.D. / free

CAPPTP Informational Open House
Thu, Feb 9 / 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / B. Fife, Psy.D. / free

Spring 2023 East Bay Yearlong Program
Fri, Feb 10 (begins) / 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm / 1672 University Avenue / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / M. Lansky, M.D., et al. / $553.50 - $615

The Art(s) of Traumatic Loss and the Work of Mourning
Fri, Feb 10 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm / Zoom
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / D. Bassin, Ph.D.; S. Gerson, Ph.D. / free - $45

Disturbance in Pregnancy and the Postpartum
Sat, Feb 11 / 9:30 am - 12:30 pm / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / C. Mallouh, M.D., et al. / $25 - $50

SF-PPTP Informational Open House
Wed, Feb 15 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / L. Weyland, Ph.D., et al. / free

Spring 2023 San Francisco Yearlong Program
Fri, Feb 17 (begins) / 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / J. De Lon, MFT, et al. / $520 - $577.50

Medea and the Modern Mother: Transmutations in Motherhood
Sat, Feb 18 / 10:00 am - 3:00 pm / 2610 Mission Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (628) 688-0646 / B. Laufer, Psy.D. / $100

Imagining the Good Society: Jung, Justice, Jurisprudence, and Psyche
Sat, Feb 25 / 10:00 am - 1:00 pm / Zoom
Jung Institute / (628) 688-0646 / A. Vaughan, J.D., Ph.D. / $75

An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Listening
Wed, Mar 1 (begins) / 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / J. De Lon, MFT / free

The Heroine's Quest in Film
Sat, Mar 4 / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm / 2610 Mission St / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (628) 688-0646 / T. Ebinger, MS / $75