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 Kellen Grayson, PsyD


The NCSPP scholarship fund seeks to grant individuals with financial constraints access to NCSPP’s various educational offerings. Supported entirely by donations, the fund allows us to make our programs accessible and encourages inclusiveness, participation, and involvement with the psychoanalytic community.

I would like to invite you to make a generous contribution to NCSPP's annual scholarship fund. Your 100% tax-deductible donation will help psychoanalytic ideas reach a larger audience. Recipients of the scholarship are typically graduate students, early career clinicians, and/or therapists who work with underserved populations.

To donate, please go to You can also donate at events or at the upcoming holiday party. Thank you so much for your contribution!

by Beth Steinberg, PhD


Please join us for dinner, drinks, and discussion of all that is involved in training to become a psychoanalyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.  

Over the course of the evening, SFCP faculty and current candidates will clarify some of the most common questions in considering whether and when to apply for psychoanalytic training. Among our topics:

  • The application process
  • Coursework
  • Supervision
  • Personal analysis
  • Financial challenges and advantages
  • Making your schedule work 

Thursday, December 6, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94112

by Jane Reingold, MFT

Roman Salazar’s film, Sunday’s Illness, opens with a prolonged silence. Two bare-limbed trees stand strong, roots gnarled, deeply intertwined. The silence is punctured by the crackling sound of a woman’s — Chiara’s — boots walking over thick tree roots as she hikes. She stops at a rock formation, where she peers into the darkness, seeking. The scene then shifts to an opulent home, where an elegant older woman — Anabell — walks down a hallway, only the sound of her heels audible. She stumbles and quickly recovers, looking to see if anyone noticed. Everything is perfect and yet something trips her up. Like the trees, these women are inexorably connected — mother and daughter. The viewer learns that despite being separated for years and belonging to different worlds, a rootedness has remained throughout time. The potency of the beginning moments of the film foreshadow what is to come: a reclamation of split-off parts of self, frozen in both of them, that only the two of them together can move through.

Chiara seeks out her mother, who left her 35 years before, by infiltrating her mother’s fundraiser. At the end of the evening, there is a moment of silence as the two make eye contact. This moment is one of recognition; as Anabell retells it, “I saw myself in her.”

by Molly Merson, MFT

How Suspiria Turned Tilda Swinton Into an 82-Year-Old Man. Tilda Swinton plays with gender, loss, and lack with a psychoanalytic take in the upcoming Suspiria remake.

Using Psychoanalysis to Understand #MeToo Memories. This piece describes how past sexual assault trauma can be felt and known through nachträglichkeit, Freud’s way of describing how a present-day trauma can create an as-yet-unfelt trauma out of a past event.

Analyse This: What Freud Can Teach Us About Trumpism. For many clinicians, the election of Trump erased any remaining illusion that we are in separate worlds from our patients and that the personal is set apart from the political. If political collapse is imminent, says the author, at least there are therapists to help our communities grieve and embrace the loss of a dream. 

by Becca Weinstein, MA


Are you a student or early career clinician and hoping to join the professional community of psychodynamic clinicians in the Bay Area? We are recruiting new members for the Pre-Licensed Committee within NCSPP. We organize events such as happy hours, movie matinees, and salons discussing various topics in psychoanalysis. Members come from all training backgrounds, but are united in an interest in psychodynamic theories. Being a part of this committee provides opportunities to network with clinicians and supervisors and get to know other early career clinicians in a fun and dynamic environment. Responsibilities involve an in-person meeting once per month. Please contact our chair Priscille Schwarcz-Besson at if you would like to know more. We look forward to hearing from you!


THERAPY OFFICE FOR RENT. Located in a lovely Victorian flat in the lower Richmond District, near Golden Gate Park. Freshly repainted office is 14.5’ x 8.5’, has a window, a closet, and built-in wood desk and shelves. Built-ins can be removed by renter if desired. Congenial suitemates include adult and child psychotherapists and a speech therapist. Rent is $650. Available full time immediately. If interested, please contact Stephanie Pass at (415) 752-6246 or

SAN FRANCISCO SACRAMENTO ST OFFICE FOR SUBLET. Quiet, serene office on first floor of a well-maintained charming older building is available Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Suitable for seeing individual adults and couples. Hoping to find someone who can use a minimum of three days/week. Bay windows overlook beautiful garden at back of building. No street noise. Two waiting areas and kitchenette shared with five other offices. All-therapist building with responsive landlord. Common areas have new carpet, paint, waiting room furniture, art. Congenial colleagues. Photos available upon request. Please contact Naomi Low, PhD, at (415) 751-1170.

SEEKING GRADUATE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY FACULTY. Notre Dame de Namur University is seeking part-time faculty to teach clinically oriented graduate level courses in the graduate Clinical Psychology Department for their Master of Science in Clinical Psychology program. We are a depth-oriented, integrative clinical psychology program, located in Belmont, CA, and primarily train students who are becoming licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Clinical Counselors. Qualifications (necessary): Ph.D. 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 graduate level; clinical skills and expertise; compatibility with Department and University mission and philosophy; experience working with students of diverse populations; traditional and non-traditional age students. Please email CV and teaching interests to the Clinical Psychology Department:

SPACIOUS PSYCHOTHERAPY OFFICE FOR SUBLET. Mon/Fri starting December, central San Rafael. Separate full-time office also available. Contact Kerin (415) 722-7234.

ELEGANT AND COMFORTABLE OFFICE FOR SUBLET. Located in Greenbrae. All day Mon, Tue/Thu am, Fri afternoon, weekends. (415) 460-5393 for info and pics.

Old couches, new books, hot jobs, cool internships, office rentals? List them in Impulse's Classifieds for a modest fee. Please see our submission guidelines for details.   

Appointment Book: 

Visiting Scholar Andrea Celenza: Erotic Transferences
Sat, Nov 3 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / A. Celenza, PhD / free - $30

An Angel Called My Name: A Conversation With Jyoti
Sun, Nov 4 / 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm / 2040 Gough St / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / J. Prevatt, PhD; R. Borutta / $10 - $20

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Nov 7 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 1672 University Ave / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / K. Kemtrup, PhD, MFTI, et al. / free

Second Fridays: The Dominique Lambert Project
Fri, Nov 9 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / S. Solinas; L. Slome, PhD / free - $40

Beyond the Consulting Room: A Conversation with Dr. Nicolle Zapien\
Fri, Nov 9 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2367 20th Ave / San Francisco
NCSPP / (310) 713-4776 / N. Zapien, MFT, MA, EdM, PhD / $15 - $18

A Multifaceted Look at a Six-Year-Old With ADHD
Sat, Nov 10 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / S. Pass, PhD; L. Case, PhD / free

Regression to Malignant Relations
Mon, Nov 12 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / H. Gurevich, MA, et al. / free

Psychoanalysis Is Everyday Life: Living With Mind in the World
Wed, Nov 14 / 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / 5433 College Ave / Oakland
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / M. Donner, PhD; D. Newton, PhD / free

Professor's Choice: The Clinical Diary of Sandor Ferenczi
Wed, Nov 14 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / H. Gurevich, MA / free\

Symposium: The Analyst as Listening-Accompanist
Thu, Nov 15 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / M. Wilson, MD; P. Goldberg, PhD / free - $45

The Spirit of Fire and the Missing Yellow
Fri, Nov 16 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2040 Gough St / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / T. Cheetham, PhD / $225

A Day With Hayuta Gurevich
Sat, Nov 17 / 9:00 am - 3:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / H. Gurevich, MA, et al. / $75 - $175

South Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Tue, Nov 20 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 401 Quarry Rd / Palo Alto
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / S. Yost, MA, LMFT, et al. / free

Outcomes for Psychotherapies
Fri, Nov 30 / 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm / 401 Quarry Rd / Palo Alto
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / G. Silberschatz, PhD; N. Szajnberg, MD / free

Consulting to Mentors of At-Risk Children
Sat, Dec 1 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / H. Gordon, DMH; L. E. Keller, PhD / free

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Dec 5 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 1672 University Ave / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / M. Pierce, MD, et al. / free