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 Loong Kwok, Psy.D.


Psychoanalysis is in the process of changing. This is true in a philosophical sense, in that we're always in a state of change. It is also true that we're caught in the overall push towards cost efficiency and proof of change that is called managed care. At the recent Division 39 Conference, many speakerscommented on the fact that the "old model" of psychoanalysis, in which we pursued analytic training, taught at an institute, and then waited for the resulting referrals, is no longer working. These days, fewer people are pursuing analytic training, and fewer people are entering analytic treatment. Both facts lead to justifiable concerns about the future of psychoanalytic thought.

by Mark McKinley, Psy.D., Impulse Staff Writer


Involvement in a professional community offers many important benefits to psychotherapists. The community is a place to sharpen one's clinical skills, cultivate potential referral sources, and seek emotional support for the solitary work of psychotherapy. It is also a place to give back, expand one's own contribution to the field, and facilitate its development. Despite the many benefits of participating in a professional community, oftentimes clinicians hesitate to engage in one.

by Ripple Patel

Open Letter to the DSM-V. Over 50 organizations, including the American Psychological Association's Division of Psychoanalysis (39), have endorsed this critique of the DSM-V.

Psychoanalysis in the Age of "Just Do It". In the opening address of Division 39's Spring Meeting, Dr. Frank Summers juxtaposes the uniquely American ethos of unmediated action with the psychoanalytic values of unhurried exploration and critical inquiry.

Hedda Bolgar, Oldest Practicing Psychoanalyst in the US, Dies at 103. Enjoy this (comparatively) recent article about centenarian Hedda Bolgar, a feminist and psychoanalyst who defied all stereotypes about the limitations of aging.

Appointment Book: 

Poetry and Psychoanalysis
Sat, Jun 1 / 11:30 AM - 1 PM / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366  / D.A. Powell / free

Creative Reading Series: Loewald
Sun, Jun 2 / 3 PM - 4:30 PM / 110 Gough St, 3rd floor / San Francisco
NCSPP / (415) 314-3867 / Loong Kwok, PsyD; Mia Matuern, MA / free

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Jun 5 / 7:30 PM - 9 PM / 2001 Dwight Way, CC Conf Room / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / Erica Wandner, Ph.D.; Susana Winkel, Ph.D. / free

San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Jun 6 / 7:30 PM - 9PM / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / Cate Corcoran, Psy.D.; Holly Gordon, DMH / free

Reflective Spaces/Material Places
Sat, Jun 8 / 2 PM - 4 PM / 1390 Market Street, Suite 111a / San Francisco
PINC, Access, NCSPP / free

Scientific Meeting: The Psychoanalyst and the Clinic
Mon, Jun 10 / 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / J. Sklar, MBBS, FRCPsych; J. Sekoff, Ph.D. / free

A Voice Lost, A Voice Found:  After the Death of the Analyst
Fri, Jun 14 / 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM / 2727 College Ave (at Garber St.) / Berkeley
TPI / (510) 524-1347 / Robin Deutsch, Ph.D.; Denni Liebowitz, LCSW / free

Early Career Pane: What Do We Do Now?l:
Sat, Jun 22 / 10 AM - 12 PM / 1453 Mission Street / San Francisco
NCSPP / (415) 952-5965 / M. Donnell, Psy.D.; T. McLain, MS; et al. / free