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 Elise Geltman, LCSW

NCSPP is one of the largest Division 39 chapters and is often looked to as a model for developing opportunities to represent and engage in psychoanalytic thought and practice. This year, NCSPP Membership Committee chair Amber Trotter represented NCSPP at the Division 39 Spring Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. In writing the report on NCSPP's recent activities and status that Trotter shared at the meeting, I gained new appreciation for our collaborative efforts. Below are excerpts from this report:

by Gwyn Fallbrooke, MA


The Psychotherapy Institute's 2016 Spring Symposium, Talking About Race: Our Clients, Ourselves, is designed to continue the meaningful and energetic conversation begun at last spring's symposium on race and trauma. Race continues to be at the forefront in the news and remains a deeply challenging, complex, and critical topic for all of us as mental health clinicians.

Ken Hardy and a diverse panel of three Bay Area psychotherapists will engage us in a morning of discussion and reflection on race as it appears in our consulting rooms. How does it enter, how can we work with it, and what can we do when we get stuck or when things escalate? Please join us for a moving and invigorating morning as we grapple with this vital topic.

by Jane Christmas, PhD


In this clinically oriented daylong program, PINC's 2016 International Visiting Scholar, renowned psychoanalyst Alessandra Lemma, DClin, Psych, applies Deleuze's concept of "becoming": taking up the ways that our bodies "become" through the experiences new technologies make possible, Lemma argues that psychoanalytic theorizing needs to focus on how bodies are experienced through technology. Peter Carnochan, PhD, presents compelling clinical material of a boy and his relationship to technology. Maureen Murphy, PhD, and Julie Leavitt, MD, serve as interlocutors.

Saturday, May 7, 2016
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

by Lorrie Goldin, LCSW


At a rally for Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright declared, "There's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other." A fierce debate about gender, the generational divide, and feminism in presidential politics ensued. There's a fundamental psychological dynamic at play as well: the idealization of female solidarity and the corollary difficulties women often experience when differences emerge among them.

Women are celebrated for their emotional intimacy. Statements such as "We get one another completely"; the sharing of secrets, clothes, and gossip; and even jokes about women going en masse to the bathroom make clear how much women prize connection. This "urge to merge" can be viewed as an aspect of female identity formation and the longed-for return to the blissful state of maternal-infant union. Nothing is quite as delicious.

by Ripple Patel, MA

Grieving My Patient's Friend. Galit Atlas traverses a terrain of grief after the death of a patient's closest friend.

When Parents Have a Favorite Child. Perri Klass, MD, explores the various meanings of favoritism within a family unit.

Society Is Unconscious. A blogger interprets current events through the lens of Freud's structural theory.

by Monika Telichowska, PsyD

Reconceiving Harm and Reparation in the Intersubjective World with Jessica Benjamin, PhD

Jessica Benjamin, PhD, will discuss repair of relational rupture through the acknowledgment of misrecognition and injury of the other. From an intersubjective perspective, the "moral third" offers the possibility for recognition of misunderstandings, as it holds potential for resolution of an impasse or conflict. Many enactments and impasses are dominated by the fantasy that only one can be right and live. Benjamin will illuminate how, in restoring recognition, there might be a way to step out of the destructive "doer/done-to" dynamic into a co-created reality where more than one can live and be recognized.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

ONGOING PSYCHOANALYTIC CONSULTATION GROUP. Wednesdays, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, in Albany. Orientation: classic and contemporary British Object Relations. Alternating reading and case presentation. Contact Maureen Franey, PhD, at (510) 527-6141 or
WRITING SUPPORT GROUP. Openings in group that meets one Saturday a month in Oakland. Contact: or (510) 531-5212.

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Appointment Book: 

Fear in the Work Place: Recognizing Danger & Working with Reality
Wed, May 4 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / J. Ferrara, LCSW, et al. / $15 or donation

Beginning Treatment
Wed, May 4 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / B. Lemmon, LMFT / free

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, May 4 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / J. Areen, MA, JD, et al. / free

The Use of Transference in Daily Psychotherapeutic Practice
Thu, May 5 (begins) / 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / 401 Quarry Road / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / R. Karlsson, PhD, ABPP / free

Spring Salon: A Conversation with Kaisa Puhakka, PhD
Fri, May 6 / 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm / Private Home / Berkeley
NCSPP / (843) 437-4902 / K. Puhakka, PhD / $15 - $17

Toward an Erotics of Memory: The Work of Giuseppe Penone
Sat, May 7 / 9:30 am - 12:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / A. Tutter, MD, PhD, et al. / $45 - $65

Text, Sex, Ur-text: Dora and the Erotics of Knowing
Mon, May 9 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / A. Tutter, MD, PhD, et al. / free

Seminar: The Parallels Between Adult and Child Treatment
Wed, May 11 (begins) / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / Z. Grusky, PhD / $1,500 - $1,600

Graduation Paper: Sensing Something More: Body Language
Sat, May 14 / 9:00 am - 10:30 am / 530 Bush Street / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / N. Trueblood, MFT; B. Cohen, PsyD, MFT / free - $15

Hatching a Private Practice--Part two
Sat, May 14 / 9:30 am - 12:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / S. Moore, MFT, et al. / $25 - $30

Graduation Paper: Life Brought to Different Life
Sat, May 14 / 10:45 am - 12:15 pm / 530 Bush Street / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / J. Christmas, PsyD; S. Hartman, PhD / free - $15

South Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Tue, May 17 / 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm / 401 Quarry Road / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / E. Makarova-Kudelin, LMFT, et al. / free

Exploring Emergent States In Analytic Process
Fri, May 20 / 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm / 401 Quarry Road / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / A. Sowa, PsyD, MFT / free

More Than One Can Live: Reconceiving Harm and Reparation
Sat, May 21 / 9:00 am - 4:00 pm / 1736 Franklin St / Oakland
NCSPP / (510) 982-1280 / J. Benjamin, PhD; S. Gerson, PhD / $40 - $250

Working with Children and Adolescents in Depth
Sat, May 21 (begins) / 10:00 am - 4:30 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 x208 / L. Cunningham, MSW; B. Feldman, PhD / $80 - $425

Psychoanalytic Education Division Graduation Ceremony
Sat, May 21 / 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / A. Wolfson, PhD / $65 - $85