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 Willow Banks, Psy.D. 

Dear NCSPP community, 

Happy 2023! I’m pleased to introduce myself as your President for the new year. My name is Willow Banks, and I’m a psychologist in private practice in Berkeley, CA. I’ve been involved with NCSPP in various roles since my second year in graduate school: I served on the Pre-licensed Committee from 2009 to 2014, as Secretary from 2018 to 2021, and as President-Elect in 2022. This organization has informed and supported so much of my professional development, and it is where I’ve met, and gotten closer to, many of my dearest colleagues. We have a wonderful, dedicated group of people serving on the board and committees this year, and I’m so honored to work with them and continue the work we’ve been doing together. 


by June Lin-Arlow, LMFT

As the new year arrives, big things are changing, and I’m happy to make a reappearance this month to share with you all that Luba Palter is taking over the helm as Editor-in-Chief of Impulse. Luba has been a long-time member of NCSPP, previously on the Events Committee and a participant in the Intensive Study Group for two years. She has a private practice in Berkeley and also works at Kaiser. As we got to know each other in preparation for her tenure as Editor, she shared her poetry and her interest in themes of immigration and belonging based on her personal experiences as an immigrant from Russia. I am excited that she’ll bring a new tone and perspective to this newsletter starting next month.

by San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP)


San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP) is excited to announce our application season to our two-year Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (CAPPTP) AND two-year (or one-year) San Francisco Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program (SF-PPTP) in September 2023. 

by Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC)


Technology and the Mind Podcast
Host and PINC Candidate Nicolle Zapien, Ph.D. in conversation with Kara Bunting, Ph.D., PINC Candidate

Thursday, January 26th, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

by Willow Banks, Psy.D. 


I’m excited to announce the winner of our annual Community Service Award, Beth Kita, LCSW, Psy.D. Doctor Kita was chosen for this award for her groundbreaking work within the carceral system, providing psychoanalytically-informed thinking and human relationship to a population that so rarely receives such a level of care. Additionally, her commitment to teaching, training, and mentoring future generations of clinicians will undoubtedly have a rippling effect on our profession and a meaningful impact on the lives of those most in need. She will receive an award of $500. 


PSYCHOTHERAPY OFFICE AVAILABLE. Montclair District, 2220 Mountain Blvd, Suite 240, Oakland. This 10’ x 14’, unfurnished office is newly painted and carpeted, with skylights, in a ten-office suite. Office rental includes safe, free staff parking and convenient, free patient parking. The suite includes a kitchen and staff bathroom, fax and copy machine, waiting room, and patient bathroom. The offices are close to Wells Fargo Bank, a bakery, restaurant, exercise business, pet store, and more. The other offices in the suite are occupied by psychotherapists and psychiatrists; many of us have practiced in this suite for over 20 years and many opportunities for referrals. If interested, please contact Lara Weyland at (510) 912-8794 or email at  

FOR SALE: ONE SHARE OF A BUILDING PARTNERSHIP. Why pay rent? This is an unusual opportunity to own one-sixth of a stately Berkeley therapy building. The home was legally converted to therapy offices and has been owned by us since 1983. The six partners (an LLC) are a stable community of psychotherapists. There are six offices with a shared waiting room, kitchen, separate therapist entrance and bathroom, and therapist parking in back. One office will be available November 1 for use by the purchaser, and it can be subleased. The office building is located on College Avenue between the Rockridge and Elmwood areas, very convenient to bus, freeway, and BART, in a neighborhood of gourmet shops and eateries. One photo attached of the building exterior. I am available to discuss details and show the interior spaces. Please call Alan Swope at (510) 428-1877, email:

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Appointment Book: 

Promoting Depth & Analytic Process in Psychotherapy
Wed, Jan 4 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / B. Steinberg, Ph.D. / free

Foundations of Psychodynamic Clinical Work
Thu, Jan 5 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / C. Kwun, LCSW, et al. / $335 - $360

Outlining Alison Bechdel: Searching Drawing and Being Seen
Fri, Jan 13 / 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm / Zoom
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / E. Seidel, Psy.D.; V. Kleiman / free - $40

Bringing Unformulated Trauma to Representation & Relationship
Sat, Jan 14 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / C. Phillips, LCSW, et al. / free

LT Psychotherapy w/ Foster Children Served by A Home Within
Sat, Jan 28 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / Online via ZOOM / Virtual
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / K. Sherman, LCSW, et al. / free

An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy
Wed, Feb 1 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / D. Iscoff, MFT / free