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 Candice Turner, Psy.D.

Dear NCSPP community,

Happy New Year!

I am so excited to be your President for 2024. So, let me introduce myself. My name is Candice Turner, and I’m a psychologist in private practice in Sacramento, CA. I’ve been involved with NCSPP for the past six years as the Outreach and Membership Division Chair and more recently, the Division 39 and CE Chair. Last year, I attended the Division 39 Spring conference in New York (I highly recommend these conferences; let me know if you’ll be going to DC in April and we will plan a gathering!) which was centered around “Destruction, Creation, and Psychoanalysis.” There, I was inspired to bring some of the excitement and thinking back to NCSPP through the role of President for this year.

If you can’t tell already, I am a fairly social person who loves to bring people together. Only fitting that this year, I will be primarily focused on rebuilding our greater community and connection to one another and the field. I, too, need this as I continue to recover from COVID isolation and moving away from my known community in the Bay Area.

by Luba Palter, MFT

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you found moments of joy and beauty while being surrounded by your community.

Impulse is starting off the year with some changes. Amber Trotter, Psy.D. and Mariya Mykhaylova, LCSW are moving on after years of steady contribution to Potential Space. I wish them both success in their next ventures. Three new staff writers are joining us: Christi Baker, AMFT, Lila Zimmerman, AMFT, and Lisa Koshkarian, Ph.D. I am excited to discover what they will create.

by Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC)


Please join PINC faculty, administrators, graduates, and candidates to hear how we are thinking about psychoanalysis in the context of our program, while also having the opportunity to ask your questions about training and the Admissions process.

Stephen Lugar, Psy.D., PINC Graduate, chapter author of "Cruel Optimization: Interrogating Technology’s Optimization of Human Being" (The Routledge International Handbook of Psychoanalysis, Subjectivity, and Technology, 2023) in conversation with Nicolle Zapien, Ph.D., PINC Candidate, host of Technology and the Mind podcast. Steve and Nicolle will discuss from a psychoanalytic perspective the optimization mindset - a way of being that is increasingly ubiquitous in Silicon Valley and throughout our culture at large in the era of transformational technologies like AI.

by Christi Baker, AMFT


The world’s state is pulling me to read more on transformative justice and abolition, as I need some new-to-me stories to draw from when sitting with patients.

What if… people told different stories about power, oppression, trauma, and repair within themselves? What if they reshaped stories across families, communities, systems, and societies? What if stories framed power and oppression as general concepts and forces colliding with race and other identities? How do these stories (and enactments) unfold in therapy? How can a therapist facilitate these stories and grapple with the contradictions around power and oppression that live within all of us in different ways?


OFFICE SPACE (SF). Quiet, immaculate, sound-proofed office in San Francisco's Lower Pacific Heights. Lovely, single room offices for psychotherapy professionals. Kitchenette. Sunny roof deck. Shared visitor reception areas. Monthly rents from $675 for small office to $1575 for large office with private deck. One-to-three year leases. Contact owner's associate:


EMOTIONALLY ENGAGED THERAPY - STUDY GROUP. A weekly study group designed to expand our understanding of how complex reactions to trauma and neglect are encoded in subtle emotional experiences in psychotherapy. Using a case conference model the group explores the traces of these reactions in how the case resonates in the imaginations and reactions of the members. Tuesdays from 10:30 am to 11:50 am in Los Gatos. Hugh Grubb Psy.D.,

OAKLAND/ROCKRIDGE OFFICE AVAILABLE PART-TIME. This office sits above the East Bay Booksellers (formerly Diesel, A Bookstore) on College Ave, a five minute walk from Rockridge BART. Bus lines run along College as well. The office is beautifully furnished for work with children and adults, including a sand tray and an analytic couch. There is a private bathroom and a small shared waiting room with one other psychologist. Access is via stairs that look into the bookstore. The office is available from 4 pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays, all day Friday, and all day Saturday. I prefer one tenant for a minimum of two days, $350 per day ($700/month). Internet, utilities, and weekly cleaning are included. See my website for more photos: Call me at (510) 654-2420. Eileen Keller

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Appointment Book: 

Coalition for Clinical Social Work Extension Division Year 1
Thu, Jan 4 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / L.Farha, LCSW, Mdiv, et al. / $335 - $360

The Allure of Fascism: A Psychoanalytic Conversation
Sat, Jan 6 / 9:30 am - 12:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / E. Loewenstein, Ph.D.; M. Diamond, Ph.D., FIPA / $30 - $55

Seven Types of Truth and Their Clinical Significance
Mon, Jan 8 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / S. Akhtar, M.D. / free

Promoting Depth and Analytic Process in Psychotherapy
Wed, Jan 10 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / B. Steinberg, Ph.D. / free

Coalition for Clinical Social Work Extension Division Year 2
Wed, Jan 10 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / S. Gaspar, LCSW, et al. / $335 - $360

Awareness, Embodied Cognition, and Working Through
Fri, Jan 12 (begins) / 11:45 am - 1:15 pm / Zoom
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / M. Zellner, Ph.D. / $270 - $395

Second Friday – Shame and the Ideology of Sex Addiction
Fri, Jan 12 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / Zoom
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / E. Hanson, Ph.D., et al. / free - $40

Olivia Laing - In Conversation with Daniel Butler
Sat, Jan 13 / 10:00 am - 11:30 am / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / O. Laing; D. Butler, LMFT / $20 - $40

Symposium – The Elephant in the Zoom
Thu, Jan 18 / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Zoom
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / L. Trub, Ph.D.; J. Slochower, Ph.D. / free - $40

Working Relationally in Psychoanalytic Supervision
Fri, Jan 19 (begins) / 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm / Zoom
NCSPP / (925) 202-9337 / Joan Sarnat, Ph.D., ABPP / $90 - $210

James Grotstein Memorial Lectures in Comparative Psychoanal.
Sat, Jan 20 (begins) / 9:00 am - 10:00 am / Zoom
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / P. Goldberg, Ph.D. / $100 - $355

Treating Children & Adol. w/ Complex Trauma & Dissociation
Sat, Jan 27 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / E. Teirstein-Young, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, et al. / free

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

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