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.

Impulse is ten years old. In honor of its anniversary, Impulse founder Cleopatra Victoria shares her thoughts with us.

by Cleopatra Victoria, MA, MFT

South of Houston, we're hurtling towards the end of the continent, gas drops to $1.49/gallon, and we pass $39 motels. We're speeding towards Galveston, a 27-mile-wide island of brown sand flung on the Gulf of Mexico. A hundred scientists, astrobiologists, biochemists, and NASA's top stars are about to explore the origins of life.

by Karisa Barrow, PsyD

As I lean into the role of NCSPP president on the heels of our annual retreat, I am enthusiastic about the future of our organization. Our dedicated board and committee volunteers are off to a fabulous start offering a range of programs and events for psychoanalytically minded folks. If you have not seen this amazing spring line-up, I encourage you to do so.

Chaired by Abbot A. Bronstein, PhD

Saturday, April 30, 2016
9:30am - 5:00pm
SFCP, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco

Speakers: Donald Campbell, Claire Cripwell, Chris Mawson

by Leora Benioff, PhD


San Francisco Bay Area Psychoanalytic Couples Therapy intensive study program, sponsored by PCPG, is extending the deadline for application for courses starting in fall of 2016. Develop and ground your practice and your couple therapy skills, join a group of dedicated and interesting colleagues, and become part of the Bay Area psychoanalytic couple therapy community--a friendly referral and learning resource. Course meets Friday afternoons from fall of 2016 to spring of 2017, and includes rich didactic and clinical case conferences, and video classes with both PCPG and international faculty from the Tavistock in London.

by Alexandra Guhde, PsyD


It was the little girl's passion--to be a pterodactyl for Halloween. It’s refreshing--still--to see a girl surrounded by endless Elsas and Belles make a choice that isn't "just for girls." The girl's mother, a friend of mine, agreed. She bought the girl a Cretaceous-green costume with oh-so-even ridges down the spine; a beak like a Venetian Carnival mask; and, of course, wings--those most vital appendages--cut just-so from cloth the color of a gingko leaf in autumn. But, despite the costume's store-bought perfection, the girl's mother preferred--and I agreed--the "practice pterodactyl" her daughter made herself: no more than paper wings strapped to arms with yarn and covered in all the available colors of glitter on earth. Leaving a coruscating trail, the girl flapped around her living room--exalted--soaring above eons.

by Ripple Patel, MA

A New Vision for Dreams of the Dying. A researcher in neurobiology explores the dreams of the terminally ill.

The Benefits of Awkwardness. A psychoanalyst explains why awkward encounters should be embraced--not avoided.

Just One More Question. A patient remembers the poignant last sessions of an analysis.

by Jason Brand, LCSW


NCSPP's newly formed Technology Special Projects Committee (TSPC) is looking for new committee members. TSPC will use digital technologies to expand the reach and accessibility of NCSPP to members and the wider community. Our initial project is delivering digital video of NCSPP courses and events on the web.

We are currently looking to fill two volunteer roles:

OAKLAND CONSULTATION GROUP. Mondays, 1:45 pm to 3:15 pm. Detailed case presentations and clinical/theoretical readings. Mature working group. Dr. Dawn Farber,
CLINICAL CONSULTATION GROUP FOR EATING DISORDERS. Enrich your clinical work with eating disorder cases while gaining collegial support and fresh perspectives. Biweekly Thursday mornings in Rockridge. For more information, contact Lynn Tracy at or (510) 496-2727.
DYNAMIC TRAINING IN INTENSE PHP SETTING: La Cheim's partial hospitalization program in Oakland is seeking pre-licensed MFTs/PsyDs/PhDs to conduct individual and group therapy with a challenging adult population. Qualifying supervision + hourly pay. Contact Dr. Mical Falk at (510) 596-8127 x1.
DISSERTATION RESEARCH REQUEST. You do not identify as religious or spiritual? You are a licensed clinical psychologist and have been licensed for at least five years? You identify as having a psychodynamic or psychoanalytic theoretical orientation? You work at least part time in a private practice? If these characteristics are true for you or someone you know, please consider participating in/sharing word of this dissertation research study. Please contact Lauren Byrne at for more information.
A GROUP THERAPY TASTING with Two Group Experts. Live from the Group Therapy Training Program. Join us for a live demonstration group and discussion from the Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley. Learn more about psychodynamic group theory, practice, and the unique experiences achieved via group therapy. This event is hosted by the Group Therapy Training Program at TPI; there will be faculty and graduates available to talk about the program. What: An in-vivo psychodynamic group demonstration facilitated by Rose Phelps, MFT, with didactic discussion to follow led by Duncan Bennett, PhD. When: Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2 pm - 4 pm. Where: Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA 94709. Cost: Free. Register: For additional information, visit or contact K. Sue Duncan, Executive Director, at (510) 548-4407.
AFFORDABLE CONSULTATION in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Ideal for someone wanting to deepen their work. Focus on encountering and making meaning of unconscious process; working with enactments, transference, and countertransference; and appreciating the mutual influence of the patient/therapist dyad. I am a candidate at PINC with 20 years of clinical experience and supervision. Michael Korson, MFT, (415) 646-0997,
OFFICE SUBLET: Lovely upper Fillmore Street location at 2491 Washington Street in a suite with three other analysts. Office is available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays as well as Wednesday morning until noon. The office has a contemporary ambience with high ceilings, bay window, analytic couch, and closet with built-in desk. If interested, please call Barbara A. Baer, PhD, (415) 346-8868.
THERAPY GROUPS FOR THERAPISTS. Ongoing since 1984. For mental health professionals and trainees. Also available, groups for high-functioning members not in the mental health field. Art Raisman, PhD, Licensed Psychologist (PSY 7795), Asst. Clin. Prof., Psychiatry, UCSF, (415) 453-4271,

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Appointment Book: 

The Bottle Let Me Down
Wed, Mar 2 / 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / 5433 College Avenue / Oakland
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / M. Wallis, LCSW; R. Deutsch, PhD; E. Keller, PhD / free

Understanding, Working With & Healing Psychic Trauma
Wed, Mar 2 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / S. Klein, PhD / free

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Mar 2 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / C. Jacques, PsyD; P. Goldberg, PhD; M. Donner, PhD / free

On the Transsexual's Need to Be Seen
Wed, Mar 2 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush Street / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / J. Leavitt, PhD / free - $20

Diagnosis and Treatment of the Self-Destructive Patient
Thu, Mar 3 (begins) / 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / 401 Quarry Road / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / M. Bar, PhD; M. Loughran, PhD / free

San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Mar 3 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / S. Givrad, MD; E. Glassgold, MD; G. Grossman, PhD / free

The Temenos of Facilitated Drumming
Sun, Mar 6 / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / S. H. Baron, PsyD / free - $20

Immigration in Psychoanalysis: Locating Ourselves
Wed, Mar 9 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush Street / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / F. Gonzalez, MD; J. Beltsiou, PsyD / free - $10

Case Conference
Wed, Mar 9 (begins)/ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / E. A. Loewenstein, PhD; J. Giuliani, PhD / $1,500 - $1,600

2nd Fridays: Dreaming for My Sister: Discussion of the Film Elena
Fri, Mar 11 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush Street / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / S. Herlekar, PsyD, MFT; R. Cowan, PsyD, LCSW / free - $45

Reflection from Work with Asperberger's Children
Sat, Mar 12 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / L. J. Brown, MD / free

Mentalization-Based Treatment: Neuroscience & Attachment
Sat, Mar 12 (begins) / 10:00 am - 2:00 pm / 1101 S. Winchester Boulevard / San Jose
NCSPP / (313) 632-6727 / S. Kelton-Locke, PhD / $90 - $210

Death, Aging, and the Soul Aroused
Sat, Mar 12 / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / C. Garfield, PhD / $80 - $160

Cultural Dislocation and Ego Functions: Bi-cultural Patients
Sat, Mar 12 / 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / K. Dajani, PsyD, MFT / free

Three Unconscious Pathways to the Analyst's Experience
Mon, Mar 14 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / L. Brown, PhD; M. Brady, PhD; J. Ruskin, PhD / free

Crisis and Growth in Long-Term Couple Relationships
Sat, Mar 19 / 9:30 am - 3:30 pm / 240 Channing Way / San Rafael
NCSPP / (313) 632-6727 / D. de Marneffe, PhD / $75 - $175

Trauma & Psychotic Defensive Structure in a Transgender Patient
Sat, Mar 19 / 10:00 am - 12:30 pm / 120 Commowealth Avenue / San Francisco
AAPCSW & Sanville Inst. / (415) 387-9991 / R. L. Stukalin, MS, LCSW / Donation $15

The Optical Unconscious and Visual Time Capsules
Fri, Mar 25 / 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm / 401 Quarry Road / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / T. McLarnan, MFT / free

South Bay Psychotherapy Forums
Tue, Mar 15 / 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm / 401 Quarry Road / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / D. Wideman, PhD; J. Mill, PhD / free

History of Western Thought in the Light of Depth Psychology
Sun, Mar 20 (begins) / 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm / 2040 Gough St / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / R. Tarnas, PhD / $250 - $425

Psychoanalytic Grand Rounds at Stanford
Fri, Mar 25 / 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm / 401 Quarry Road / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / T. McLarnan, MFT / free

A Psychoanalytic Identity in Presence of a Psychotherapeutic Identity
Sat, Mar 26 / 10:00 am - 11:45 am / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / D. Weisinger, PsyD / free

Variations on the Standard Treatment
Fri, Apr 1 / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm / 1453 Mission Street / San Francisco
Lacanian School / (510) 255-5788 / J. Webster, PhD / $40 - $100

Breaking Point: The Effects of Forced Isolation
Sat, Apr 2 / 10:00 am - 1:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
NCSPP / (415) 494-4919 / T. Kupers, MD; B. Kita, PhD / free - $25

The Disappearance of Hysteria Today
Sat, Apr 2 / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm / 1453 Mission Street / San Francisco
Lacanian School / (510) 255-5788 / J. Webster, PhD / $40 - $100

Freud's Bar - Escape from Reality: Wrecked by Success
Wed, Apr 6 / 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / 5433 College Avenue / Oakland
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / M. Donner, PhD; R. Deutsch, PhD; L. E. Keller, PhD / free