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 Shlomit Gorin, MA

The lewd recordings came out, and formerly finger-wagging politicians and media commentators finally put their collective foot down. A line was crossed. People gasped at what they heard Trump, the man who's unabashedly misogynistic in public, say about women's privates in private. The recording induces pangs of disgust, even worse, perhaps, than the repulsion elicited in an adolescent thinking about her parents having sex. But is it as shocking as the primal scene we're treating it as? During this presidential campaign, we've heard a candidate say offensive things about many ethnic, religious, and cultural groups. And if he's saying those things in front of cameras, it's fair to believe that what he says behind closed doors is even cruder.

by Karisa Barrow, PsyD

As we approach the holiday season and the results of a newly elected president of the United States, I can only hope that our country is moving progressively and socially forward. I cannot bear to think that the Democratic Party's recent participation in the "narcissism of small differences," a term coined by Freud, would result in a Trump victory. It is quite concerning and frightening that someone as pathologically abusive as Donald Trump has made it this far. The political discourse over the past year has served to perpetuate sexism, racism, ableism, and xenophobia while reinforcing elitism.

by Molly Merson, MFT

Adam Phillips: "Taste Is Problematic When It Is a Militant and Aggressive Narrowing of the Mind." Psychoanalyst Adam Phillips and his partner, curator Judith Clark, together created an exhibit on the "vulgar" in London. In this interview, Philips describes the meaning and making of vulgarity, and the importance of demilitarizing one's own anxieties in order to make room for the kinds of complex conversations that can bridge difference in taste and perspective.

Donald Trump: Narcissism and Diagnosis As Political Sport. Gabor Maté, MD, investigates the US presidential race through a trauma lens, understanding both candidates as reflections of the cultural and developmental trauma of the people who vote them into power.

Fear, Anxiety, and Depression in the Age of Trump. How are you hearing your patients' and clients' fears and anxieties emerge during this election season? How are you hearing, and coping with, your own? This article explores therapists' experiences in the consulting room when addressing and working through traumas that become unearthed for their patients during this anxiety-provoking and often terror-inducing election cycle.

CONSULTATION GROUP IN MARIN. Integration of Psychoanalytic Theory and Clinical Practice. Will meet on Tuesdays from 12:15 to 1:45 in Corte Madera. Led by Terry Schulman, PhD, LCSW, faculty member and graduate of SFCP. Applications for CE credit pending. For further info, please contact or (415) 847-5333.
ROCKRIDGE SUBLET. Fridays/Saturdays. Lovely office in upscale Market Hall. Five-office suite with bathroom, kitchen, A/C, wifi, excellent soundproofing, elevator. Convenient to Rockridge BART. Jane Burka, PhD,
SUBLET MONDAYS/WEEKENDS WASHINGTON/FILLMORE. Beautifully appointed office, fireplace, built-in cabinets, large, quiet. Suite of 4 offices w/ shared waiting room, light system, wi-fi. Contact Ellen Salwen, PhD, at (415) 273-1315 or
PSYCHOTHERAPY OFFICE SUBLETLovely upper Fillmore Street location at 2491 Washington Street in a suite with three other analysts. Office is available: Tuesdays and Fridays as well as Wednesday morning until noon. Partial sub-leasing available, although full use of times available is preferred. 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, at (415) 346-8868.
SEEKING PART-TIME GRADUATE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY FACULTY. Notre Dame de Namur University, in Belmont, California, is seeking part-time faculty members to teach courses in the graduate Clinical Psychology Department for their Master of Science in Clinical Psychology program. We are a depth-oriented, integrative training program, primarily for students who are becoming licensed marriage and family therapists and professional clinical counselors. Qualifications (necessary): PhD in psychology from a regionally accredited university department of psychology; licensed clinical psychologist with current CA license and active clinical work. Other qualifications (highly desirable): Experience teaching a range of clinical psychology courses at the graduate level; clinical skills and expertise; experience working with students of diverse populations, traditional and non-traditional age students; compatibility with the department and university mission and philosophy. Please email your CV and teaching interests to the Clinical Psychology Department at


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Appointment Book: 

On Narcissism
Wed, Nov 2 / 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / 5433 College Avenue / Oakland
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / M. Donner, PhD; R. Deutsch, PhD; D. Newton, PhD / free

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Nov 2 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / L. Weyland, PhD; L. Grossman, MD; A. Lee, PsyD / free

Introduction to Riccardo Lombardi #2
Wed, Nov 2 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / P. Goldberg, PhD / free

San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Nov 3 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / D. Kusnir, PsyD; M. Botkin, PhD; E.Markoczy, PsyD / free

Introduction to Brief Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Fri, Nov 4 (begins) / 9:30 am - 4:30 pm / Fort Mason Center / San Francisco
NCSPP / (425) 652-2673 / P. Hobson, PhD / $260 - $500

The Agony and Ecstasy of Supervising
Sat, Nov 5 / 9:00 am - 4:00 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / C. Allphin, PhD, et al. / $112 - $160

Madame Butterfly
Sun, Nov 6 / 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm / 301 Van Ness Avenue / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / TBA / free

Anne Carson's NOX: The Trauma of the Letter
Fri, Nov 11 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / 530 Bush Street / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / C. Norton, PhD, et al. / $10 - $30

2016-2017 Visiting Professor Week | Scientific Meetings
Mon, Nov 14 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / R. Lombardi, MD; M. Katz, MD; J.Ruskin, PhD / free

Desire, Lust, and Pleasure: The Fate of Eros
Wed, Nov 16 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush Street / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / M. Rundel, PhD; M. Aniel, PhD / $10 - $25

Professor's Choice
Wed, Nov 16 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / R. Lombardi, MD / $50

2016-2017 Psychoanalytic Grand Rounds
Fri, Nov 18 / 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm / 401 Quarry Road / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / D. Weisinger, PsyD; J. Yost, MFT / free

A Day with Riccardo Lombardi, MD
Sat, Nov 19 / 9:30 am - 3:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / R. Lombardi, MD, et al. / $75 - $165

Sun, Nov 20 / 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm / 301 Van Ness Avenue / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / TBA / free

Informational Open House
Mon, Nov 28 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / S. Klein, PhD / free

San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Dec 1 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / P. Ganji, PsyD; I. Katz, MD; E. Markoczy, PsyD / free