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by Candice Turner, Psy.D.

Since Luba’s post last month, I’ve been holding some of her questions in mind. (I’ve also been singing, “Thank you for being a friend…” nonstop. Thanks, Luba and the Golden Girls!) I spend a lot of time thinking about “secure bases” in general but it was helpful to orient specifically towards my professional secure base and the idea of “daring ventures” from that base. Is a lack of daring ventures a reflection of how secure my base is? What would be considered “daring” professionally and/or within NCSPP?

by San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis (SFCP)


Fridays, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, September 13, 2024 – June 6, 2025 | Zoom
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by Christi Baker, AMFT


In On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (2019), Ocean Vuong writes, “What were you before you met me? I think I was drowning. And what are you now? Water.” What a succinct and beautiful metaphor for the transformation that can be co-created through an intimate relationship like therapy.

by Education Committee

The Education Committee is accepting proposals for Spring 2025, Fall 2025, and Spring 2026. We strive to develop programming that represents the intellectual diversity of contemporary psychoanalytic psychology and the sociocultural diversity of therapists and patients. We are also eager to develop programming that pertains to clinicians in different stages of their careers and/or psychoanalytic understanding.


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