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 Kellen Grayson, PsyD

Welcome everyone to the 2018 year with NCSPP! We are very excited for the upcoming year. We have multiple projects that we are working on including creating a podcast, continuing our livestreaming, and working on creating new and exciting programming that addresses intersecting identities.

Each year we say goodbye to a few Board members. This year we say goodbye to our past president Karisa Barrow. Karisa has dedicated many years to NCSPP, serving in multiple roles within our organization. She has strong leadership skills and her demeanor is calm and grounded. She has sparked several initiatives during her tenure that will have long-lasting effects in years to come. You will be missed, Karisa. We also are seeing Elise Geltman move into the role of Past President. The Past President serves in an advisory capacity and consults with the Board chairs and the Executive Committee. We also say goodbye to Joe Zamaria, Chair of Outreach and Membership, Garrett Howard, Chair of the Program Division, Jordan Hazzard, Chair of the Membership Committee, and Tanisha Stewart, Chair of the Pre-Licensed Membership Committee.

by Wendy von Wiederhold, PhD


One child, one therapist, for as long as it takes...
Foster care psychological services agency A Home Within is looking for a few good therapists.

A Home Within's volunteer clinicians appreciate the extent to which the external and internal worlds of foster children often lack stable, consistent, caring relationships; most of the psychological treatment available to this vulnerable population takes place at training sites staffed by interns who annually move on to their next placements, thus creating even more ruptured relationships in lives already full of loss. A Home Within asks therapists to volunteer one hour of professional time per week to work with a current or former foster youth. Freedom from budgetary and systemic constraints mean those served are never in danger of losing their therapists due to funding shortages; experienced clinicians in private practice promise more stability and consistency and a higher caliber of treatment for a challenging, complex population.

by Lorrie Goldin, LCSW


When I was an intern in the 1980s, my training cohort was almost exclusively white, as were most of our supervisors. This lack of diversity occasionally emerged as a hot topic. Like a lot of white people back then, I favored diversity in the abstract but didn't really see what it had to do with me.
I was thus the target audience for The Psychotherapy Institute's Fall 2017 Symposium, "Understanding white fragility and its impact on clinical work in a multicultural society". Indeed, keynote speaker Dr. Robin DiAngelo, a renowned white educator, consultant, and writer on issues of racial justice, noted with a pointed wit that white progressives are her specialty.

Not Your Great-Grandfather's Psychoanalysis. This is a good article to keep on hand for the next time you feel compelled to defend the efficacy of psychoanalysis. Included is an exploration of the changes psychoanalysis has undergone since its inception, and various scientific studies comparing psychoanalysis to other approaches in the field of psychotherapy.

Trump, Freud, and the Puzzle of Femininity. Repudiation of the feminine, the author argues, creates a toxic masculinity that becomes fixated on projecting its disavowed parts. The article describes this "othering" as a foundational element of the Trump administration's power.

Iran as the Nuclear 'Other'. In keeping with the theme of "othering," this piece describes the function for the U.S. in keeping Iran's position as outside the "self" of the United States. The article argues that this "othering," a form of colonization and imperialism, is an attempt to maintain the U.S. as holding an international position of power and dominance.

BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED SUBLET. Available Monday, Friday, some mornings, weekends. Fireplace, built-in cabinets, Wi-Fi, light system. Washington/Fillmore. Call (415) 273-1315.
SUBLET: LOVELY, QUIET THERAPY OFFICE WITH ANALYTIC COUCH. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, possible Tuesday times. Friendly suite of experienced analysts/therapists near lively upper Fillmore district. Contact Dr. Karen Peoples, (415) 776-3726,
UPPER MARKET/CASTRO OFFICE SPACE. Elegant, quiet space with high ceilings, wood floors, and excellent light in newly built-out five-office suite shared with respectful community of psychodynamically-oriented clinicians. One full time and one part time share available. 120 sq ft with additional storage space. Excellent location on Upper Market Street near 16th Street. Best for established clinician seeking long-term space. Contact (415) 401-7180.
SEEKING PSYCHODYNAMIC CORE FACULTY. CIIS is seeking two half time, psychodynamically-oriented faculty to contribute to the growth of our innovative Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program. Our distinctive approach to doctoral education synthesizes integral philosophy and psychodynamic approaches to psychotherapy. We emphasize the radical roots of this discipline, as well as its unparalleled emphasis on the therapeutic relationship as a catalyst for change. Our faculty is deeply interested in the many intersections between psychodynamic psychotherapy and humanistic, existential, somatic, and transpersonal psychotherapies. In addition, we actively cultivate dialogue between Western psychology and other wisdom/spiritual traditions. Interested faculty candidates can apply here.
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Appointment Book: 

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Jan 3 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / G. Daniels, MFT, et al. / free

San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Jan 4 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / J. Conant, PsyD, et al. / free

2018 San Francisco Continuous Case Conference
Fri, Jan 5 (begins) / 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / J. DeLon, MFT, et al. / $450 - $500

The Body's Way of Dreaming
Mon, Jan 8 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / P. Goldberg, PhD, et al. / free

Student Seminar: Alternative Sexuality and Gender
Wed, Jan 10 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / K. Beuthin, LMFT / $41.50

Social Work Practice: Foundations of Clinical Work With Clients
Thu, Jan 11 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / C. Kwun, LCSW, et al.  / $295 - $305

Exploring the Neuropsychoanalytic Foundations of Attachment
Fri, Jan 12 (begins) / 11:45 am - 1:15 pm / 2081 Center St / Berkeley
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / M. Zellner, PhD / $550 - $650

True Detectives
Fri, Jan 12 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / J. Sekoff, PhD, et al. / free - $40

Psychoanalytic Process as a Field of Experience
Sat, Jan 13 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / J. Foehl, PhD / free - $30

South Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Tue, Jan 16 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 401 Quarry Rd / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / E. Levy, MFT, et al. / free

South Bay Monthly Reading Group: Witnessing
Fri, Jan 19 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Private Residence / Palo Alto
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / J. Gerhardt, PhD; A. Cabell, MFT / $15 - $35

Substance Abuse in an Adolescent Boy: Waking the Object
Sat, Jan 20 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / M. Brady, PhD; H. Gordon, DMH / free

Spring Movie Matinee: The Salesman
Sat, Jan 20 / 2:00 pm - 5:15 pm / 2728 Durant Ave / Berkeley
NCSPP / (650) 248-4793 / $15 - $20

Environmental Melancholia
Thu, Jan 25 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / R. Lertzman, PhD; T. Rosbrow, PhD / free - $35

A "Circuits-First" Approach to Mental Illness
Fri, Jan 26 / 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm / 401 Quarry Rd / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / A. Etkin, MD, PhD; N. Szajnberg, MD / free

Beyond Words: The Creation and Power of Mental Images
Sat, Jan 27 / 9:00 am - 12:30 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / S. Kosslyn, PhD, et al. / $25 - $90

2018 Seasoned Clinicians Program
Wed, Jan 27 (begins) / 11:30 am - 1:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / J. Harasemovitch, LCSW, et al. / $425