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.

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by Stephanie King, Psy.D.

Spring is springing and so is the 40th annual Division 39 conference which I am very much looking forward to attending this month. NCSPP is the largest chapter of Division 39 and this year I have the honor of attending as NCSPP’s Division 39 representative. Due to professional and familial obligations, I haven’t been able to attend the conference for five years. As I was reviewing the schedule for this year’s conference, it was obvious to me that the sea change we have been feeling here in the Bay Area is rippling out across our broader community.  

by Eric Essman, M.A., Denni Liebowitz, LCSW & Paula Mandel, Ph.D.


Jonathan Sklar is a leading scholar in the Independent tradition of British Object Relations. He draws on his rich knowledge of Winnicott, Ferenczi, Balint and Bollas in his work with traumatized patients, looking to build a traumatic narrative where representation has halted at the level of self-destructive action. In this deeply moving presentation, Dr. Sklar takes us through the layers of darkness with a severely disturbed woman as he helps her to represent her trauma. The body here is both the recipient and the source of her desperate communications. Dr. Sklar demonstrates a finely-tuned, courageous use of counter-transference; ultimately his analytic “act of freedom” moves the case forward and allows transformation to occur.

Saturday, March 28, 9:00 - 2:30 PM

David Brower Center 
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Register at




Sabina Spielrein, Maria Bonaparte, Anna Freud, & Lou Andreas-Salomé: Pioneer Female Analysts Who Challenged Freud's Vision of The Feminine

A Dramatic Reading illuminating the lives and struggles of the female psychoanalysts who were closest to Freud.

The Players: Elliot Adler, PhD, ABPP; Sarah Berry-Tschinkel, LCSW; Louise DeCosta, PhD, LCSW; Lauren Friedman, LCSW; and Susan Quinn

Two Performances: March 13 and 14, 2020

Location: SFCP, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco

Fee: $45-$65

by Lorrie Goldin, LCSW


I’ve seen the film Marriage Story twice. Following the uproar over a conversation Warren and Sanders had in 2018 about whether a woman can beat Donald Trump feels like watching it a third time.

Two couples: The fictional Nicole and Charlie, an amicable but divorcing duo with an eight-year-old son who want different things, and the real-life Warren and Sanders, like-minded good friends and political colleagues who both want to be president. 

Befitting their long histories of mutual admiration and affection and their desire to protect what matters most (a child, a progressive movement), both couples initially observe non-aggression pacts: mediation instead of divorce lawyers for Nicole and Charlie, close policy alignments and no bad-mouthing for the presidential rivals. But as differences emerge and each seeks advantage in order to prevail, initial vows give way to some definite hot-mic moments.

by Molly Merson, MFT

Patriarchy Is Just a Spell. A snappy and analytic take on the patriarchy of Hitchcock’s ‘Spellbound’.

#consentsowhite: On the Erotics of Slave Play in ‘Slave Play’. A psychoanalyst offers several inquiries into sexuality, consent, trauma, and white supremacy through her review of a current Broadway play.

Review: ‘Afterward’ analyzes the legacy of trauma, fascism, and anti-Semitism. A new documentary, directed by a psychoanalyst, asks what the world thinks of Jewish people.


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Appointment Book: 

PPTP Informational Open House
Wed, Mar 4 / 7:30 - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma St. / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / A. Goldyne, M.D. / free

Child Colloquium Series: When the crocodile is trapped
Sat, Mar 7 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 444 Natoma St. / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / A. Chan, Psy.D.; C. Wai, Psy.D. / free

Spring Movie Matinee: Leave No Trace
Sun, Mar 8 / 12:00 - 4:00 pm / 4229 18th St. / San Francisco
NCSPP / (415) 964-6881 / R. Cowan, Psy.D. / $15-$18

Earning Respect
Mon, Mar 9 / 7:30 - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma St. / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / A. Glick, LMFT, et al. / free

Second Fridays: Fleabag: Breaking Silence
Fri, Mar 13 / 6:30 - 8:30 pm / 530 Bush St. / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / J. Sekoff, Ph.D.; R. Cowan, Psy.D. / free - $40

What Does Woman Want?
Fri, Mar 13 (begins) / 7:00 - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma St. / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / L. Friedman, LCSW, et al. / $45 - $65

CAPPTP Open House
Mon, Mar 16 / 7:30 - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St. / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / R. Schwartz, Ph.D., et al. / free

The Immigration Experience in the Individuation Process
Sun, Mar 22 / 1:00 - 5:00 pm / 2040 Gough St. / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / L. Franco, LCSW; C. Wyman, LCSW / $100

Race and Culture on Transference & Countertransference
Mon, Mar 23 (begins) / 6:30 - 8:30 pm / 1187 Franklin St. / San Francisco
NCSPP / (415) 570-8603 / R. Echegoyen, LCSW / $120 - $280

Psychoanalysis in Dark Times
Wed, Mar 25 / 7:30 - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush St. / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / J. Sklar / $10 - $45

Spring Happy Hour
Thu, Mar 26 / 7:00 - 9:00 pm / 2040 Telegraph Ave. / Oakland
NCSPP / (216) 903-0161 / Free

Jungian Depth Psychology: An Introduction
Sat, Mar 28 (begins) / 12:00 - 3:00 pm / 2040 Gough St. / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / D. Deustch, Ph.D.; J. Swanger, Ph.D. / $225

The Emanuel Windholz Memorial Lecture
Mon, Mar 30 / 7:30 - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma St. / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / A. Phillips / free

Tue, Apr 7 / 7:30 - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush St. / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / S. Benvenuto, Ph.D.; F. Castrillón, Psy.D. / free - $35