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

"Diversity is the practice of mixing together different bodies within a common organization and is a prime resource to be capitalized upon by businesses and organizations... Diversity still benefits those in power by taking advantage of the various experiences and vantage points of different racial/gender/sexual backgrounds. Rather than respecting difference and redistributing power based on it, diversity only 'celebrates' difference in order to exploit multiculturalism for its economic value."

I have publicly and privately spoken about my desire to support NCSPP in co-creating an organization that is, among other things, inclusive, diverse, accessible, and vital. In the midst of doing so, each time I spoke I became increasingly aware of the limits and problems embedded in the very language and structure of such desires or initiatives leaving me asking questions such as:

* How do we (can we) talk about difference, diversity, or inclusion without enacting problematic oppressive structural dynamics in the very discourse aimed at attending to and interrupting injustice and inequity?
* What does it mean to say we want or need to be more diverse and what is actually being asked for, why, and for whose benefit?
* How does an organization/agency/program/individual meaningfully (and responsibly!) create and invest in spaces that are equitable? What are the appropriate and effective ways of going about such work?

by Catherine Mallouh, MD


A writer, theorist, and clinician, Giuseppe Civitarese works within the analytic field, focusing on the here-and-now of the emotions of the session and the analyst's reveries generated from the field. Expanding upon the ideas of Ferro, Dr. Civitarese advocates for the unsaturated interpretation to facilitate the patient's "necessary dream." Among his interests are a revised concept of the unconscious and the aesthetics of analytic work. Dr. Civitarese is a training and supervising analyst in the Italian Psychoanalytic Society.

Dr. Civitarese will present a clinical paper: "Hallucinosis, dreaming, and play: The analytic field and its transformations." Lee Rather, PhD, will discuss the paper, and Rachael Peltz, PhD, and Peter Goldberg, PhD, will be in conversation with Dr. Civitarese.

For registration and information, visit

Saturday, November 18, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

by Jane Christmas, PsyD


The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California invites you to attend an informal open house. Please join PINC faculty, administrators, graduates, and candidates. Bring your questions, friends, and colleagues. We anticipate an informative and lively discussion. Supper will be served.

There is a parking garage directly across the street, and we are approximately three blocks from the nearest BART station. RSVP to by Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
530 Bush Street, 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

by Molly Merson, MFT

We All Need Psychoanalysis: It Would Make Britain a Happier, Kinder Place.
If all people had access to psychoanalysis, including in schools, prisons, and workplaces, the author believes we could foster a country-wide (and perhaps global) environment and culture of thoughtfulness, community, and self-reflection -- a possible antidote to the violence and and lack of empathy so pervasive in our world.

The Commodification of Loss: The Integration of a Capitalist Critique into Clinical Work. The interconnections between loss, helplessness, and desire for replaceable commodities is a part of our unconscious identity as people in a capitalist society. Karen Maroda explores Todd McGowan's book Capitalism and desire: The psychic cost of free markets and its implications in society and in her clinical work with a patient struggling with loss, helplessness, and repetitive depression.

Bella Freud Unveils Psychoanalysis Fragrance and Perfume at Liberty.
Psychoanalysis bends time, transporting and linking both the analyst and the patient to other times, places, and dimensions. Bella Freud -- great-granddaughter of Sigmund -- has created a perfume which she believes can do the same. Today, Freud (Bella) has created a product, the vapors of which are a link to the 100-year-old case of Lucy R., treated by Freud (Sigmund) for hysteria and olfactory hallucination.

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Appointment Book: 

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Nov 1 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / S. von Baeyer, PhD / free

Introduction to Giuseppe Civitarese/Session 2
Wed, Nov 1 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / P. Goldberg, PhD / free

San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Nov 2 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / K. Parker, MFT; L. Benioff, PhD / free

Planning to Raise Medication as an Intervention?
Sat, Nov 4 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / E. Levin, MD / free

Am I Awake or Asleep? Dreaming Our Everyday Life
Wed, Nov 8 / 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / 5433 College Ave / Oakland
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / M. Donner, PhD / free

Bright Radiance: Photography, Mania, and the Maternal Elegy
Fri, Nov 10 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / E. Abel, PhD; et al. / free - $40

The Concepts of "O": Is Bion a Mystic?
Mon, Nov 13 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / G. Civitarese, MD, PhD; B. Steinberg, PhD / free

A Theory of Thinking
Wed, Nov 15 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / G. Civitarese, MD, PhD / $55

Beyond the Consulting Room
Fri, Nov 17 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 1672 University Ave / Berkeley
NCSPP / (415) 302-1150 / M. Sabini, MS, PhD / $12 - $17

A Day With Giuseppe Civitarese
Sat, Nov 18 / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / G. Civitarese, MD, PhD; et al. / $75 - $170

South Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Tue, Nov 21 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 401 Quarry Rd / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / M. Smith, PhD / free

Promoting Depth and Analytic Process With Patients in Internship
Wed, Nov 29 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / B. Steinberg, PhD / free

Toby in Charge: A Mind and Body Mystery
Wed, Nov 29 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / S. Pass, PhD; V. Dent, PhD / free - $35

Irvin Yalom on His New Memoir
Fri, Nov 30 / 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm / 401 Quarry Rd / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / I. Yalom, MD / free

Visiting Scholar Orna Guralnik
Sat, Dec 2 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / O. Guralnik, PsyD / free - $30