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by Luba Palter, MFT

It is the beginning of the year and I have not been able to write. I am in the middle of a transition in my life and thus my creative juices are not flowing.

I am leaving my job of 9 years — a job that at one point I could not imagine leaving — and moving on to a much smaller position that will allow me to spend more time in my private practice. The time has come for me to stretch and expand my capacities in other ways. My mind is filled with details of rearranging the schedules of my practice and my personal life. Times, days, and appointments are floating around in my head without a specific place to land. I wake up in the middle of the night trying to solve the puzzle of fitting in clinical hours plus personal time that I could not arrange during the day. When do I eat? When do I sleep? When do I go for a walk? It is all up for grabs now. I notice myself telling friends in wonder and dismay that I will become a morning person now as my new job will require me to start at 8:30 in the morning, while at my current position, I have been diligently working till midnight.

by San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP)


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by Lila Zimmerman, AMFT 


I started my own private practice this year, a goal of mine for quite some time. I took a risk and jumped right into the deep end, not keeping a clinic job to bolster me along as I built. It was a full-faith attempt to build the professional life I had been working towards for so many years. Around the beginning of month three, I had about 10 patients on my caseload, and while this felt generally like a win it was feeling financially precarious and I was confronted with an unfamiliar feeling of having a little too much time on my hands. I began to consider the idea of a part-time job. I did not want a clinical job, afraid it would feast on my time and my mind and likely find itself prioritized over my own practice. I worked in restaurants before and through graduate school and I thought perhaps I could do that again, for extra money and the comfort of coworkers.


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Appointment Book: 

Working With Dreams: A Preliminary Synthesis
Sat, Feb 3 (begins) / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm / 2610 Mission St/ San Francisco
Jung Institute / (628) 688-0646 / S. Zemmelman, MSW, Ph.D. / $180

A Psychoanalytic Study of Lives Across Time - Part 1
Mon, Feb 5 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / H. Massie, M.D.; N. Szajnberg, M.D. / free

CCSW Evening: Working with Incarcerated Parents and Their Kids
Wed, Feb 7 / 6:45 pm - 9:00 pm / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / N. Cumpian, et al. / free

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

Preventing School Shootings
Wed, Feb 7 / 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm / Zoom
NCSPP / (510) 455-3020 / P. Langman, Ph.D. / $30 - $70

Insights From Group Analysis
Fri, Feb 9 (begins) / 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm / Zoom
NCSPP / (650) 762-5869 / H. Weinberg, Ph.D., et al. / $180 - $420

Helping Clients Resolve Interpersonal Difficulties
Fri, Feb 9 (begins) / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm / Zoom
NCSPP / (415) 687-3466 / L. Kasper, Ph.D. / $45 - $105

Psychedelic Neuroscience: Opening Windows for Change
Sat, Feb 10 / 9:00 am - 12:00 pm / Zoom
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / K. Peoples, Ph.D., et al. / $25 - $95

The James Grotstein Memorial Lectures Part 2
Sat, Feb 24 / 9:00 am - 11:00 am / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / J. Aguayo, Ph.D. / $100 - $250

Early Career Psychoanalytic Case Conference
Tue, Feb 27 / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / private residence / Sacramento
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / P. Kenney, Psy.D., et al. / $120 - $210

Mostly Dead is Slightly Alive!
Fri, Mar 1 (begins) / 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm / Zoom
NCSPP / (415) 680-3501 / M. Wachter / $68 - $158

The Oblivious Object
Sat, Mar 2 (begins) / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / M. Brady, Ph.D.; A. Alvarez, Ph.D., MACP / free

Scientific Meeting: Psychoanalysis as a Subversive Phenomenon
Mon, Mar 4 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / A. Trotter, Psy.D.; A. Harlem / free

Introduction to the Lacanian Clinic
Wed, Mar 6 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / S. Tan, Psy.D. / free

SF-PPTP Informational Open House
Thu, Mar 7 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / A. Goldyne, M.D. / free