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 Terrance McLarnan, MFT


NCSPP has been offering courses and events as well as social and outreach activities for more than 20 years and has been a leader and innovator in psychoanalytic education. Our courses are available to all members of the community, and we provide CE credits for psychologists, social workers and MFTs. Courses are available in several geographical regions, including San Francisco, East Bay, and soon the North Bay. We offer a significant discount for NCSPP members for all our courses and events, and some of our social events are free to members.


A Day with Virginia Ungar, M.D.
Saturday, November 15th, 9:00-3:30 pm

Virginia Ungar is a training analyst and faculty member of the Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Institute. Trained in infant observation, her work with children and adolescents informs her work with adults. She is also a keen observer of how cultural changes affect psychoanalytic practice. Her interest in the work of Bion, Klein and Meltzer reflects her openness to diverse analytic ideas. An interview with Dr. Ungar is available on the SFCP website at:

By Shlomit Gorin, MA, Impulse Managing Editor


Ambivalence abounds in the literary world of Yuri Olesha’s novel Envy (1927) and is invoked in several ways, including shift in narrative voice, blurring of boundaries between reality and fantasy, and absence of a chronological or causal anchor. Olesha’s creation of this ambivalence plays a dual role. By creating a destabilized literary world for both his characters and readers, he highlights subjectivity’s role in shaping perception. By emphasizing the role of subjectivity, Olesha both brings forth fluidity as the fundamental status of reality and demonstrates how imagination, which is a subjective faculty, fosters the ability for more creative and deeper experiences of that reality.

by Ripple Patel

Daddy's Girl? Rebecca Coffey on Sigmund Freud's Daughter. Coffey, author of Hysterical: Anna Freud's Story, reviews the challenges and rewards of researching the darker aspects of Anna Freud's relationship with her father.

A Former Sullivanian Returns to Practice. The New York State Board of Psychology recently reinstated the professional license of psychologist Helen Fogarty, once a member of the infamous Sullivan Center for Research in Psychoanalysis.

"China Opens Up to Psychotherapy". A survey of changing attitudes toward psychotherapy in China concludes with a hopeful remark about the potential role of psychoanalysis in the provision of mental health services.

by Terrance McLarnan, MFT


We are seeking nominations for the NCSPP 2014 Community Service Award to be presented for outstanding community service by an individual or a mental health organization in the field of psychoanalytic psychology. We believe that while the important work of building community serves a vital role in development of the social good, it remains under-recognized in our field. We want to honor those who spend their time and effort in this critical endeavor. Nominees should demonstrate excellence in leadership, creative commitment to social welfare, and dedication to community service.


JOIN A GROUP OF INDEPENDENT PSYCHOTHERAPISTS at Associated Counselors in San Jose who meet weekly for ongoing support, consultation and marketing. We have a full-time office available soon. For more information contact: Karen Wride, LCSW at (408) 886-7143.  

NEWLY CONSTRUCTED, ARCHITECT-DESIGNED, large bright space, skylights, bamboo floors, free Wi-Fi.  265 sq. ft.  Separate tenants' and clients' bathrooms, full kitchen, off street parking.  Sixth Street south of University Ave. Contact Alice Jones, M.D. (510) 845-8800.

SOMA OFFICE IN NEW THERAPY CENTER. Office sublet (full-time or part-time) in a new psychodynamically-oriented therapy center opening in the booming SoMa/South Beach/Mission Bay neighborhood. Inclusion in group marketing, publicity, and internet presence is optional. Lovely Victorian-style building with many amenities. Located in the center of the rapidly developing tech industry in SF. Contact Jonathan Moss, (415) 508-8626 or email

OFFICE SUBLET HAYES VALLEY. Wednesdays until 3:00 pm. Big office for couples, groups or analysis. Please email with questions.

THERAPY GROUPS FOR THERAPISTS.  Two groups meeting weekly in SF, Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  Led by Art Raisman, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist (PSY7795).  415-453-4271.

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: 

CCSW Clinical Evening Series:The Development of My Thinking
Wed, Oct 1 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / M. Ardema; D. Hirschfield-White; K. Johnston / $15   

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Oct 1 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / Graeme Daniels, MFT; L. Eileen Keller, Ph.D.  / free

San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Oct 2 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / D. Weisinger; M. Windholtz; G. Grossman / free

Modernism from the National Gallery of Art
Sun, Oct 5 / 8:45 am - 1:45 pm / 50 Haglwara Tea Garden Dr. / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / S. Barnett, LCSW / $27 - $37  

2nd Fridays: Swimming with Orpheus
Fri, Oct 10 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / 530 Bush Street / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / J. Carstensen; M. Aniel, Ph.D. / free - $40 

Kabbalah, Sufism and Analytical Psychology
Sat, Oct 12 / 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-1415 / D. Nouriani; S. Zemmelman / $60 - $120

Scientific Meeting: Haskell Norman Lecture
Mon, Oct 13 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / C. Bollas, Ph.D.; J. Ruskin, Ph.D. / free  

Open House: Analytic Training Program
Thu, Oct 16 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-1415 / Staff / free 

The "Spiritualized Earth" and the Birth of the New Conscious
Sat, Oct 18 / 9:30 am - 1:30 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-1415 / P. Damery, MA / $25 - $35 

Fall Movie Matinee - Don Jon
Sun, Oct 19 / 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm / 582 Market Street / San Francisco
NCSPP / (415) 342-5047 / Cate Corcoran, Psy.D. / $10 - $12

South Bay Psychotherapy Program
Tue, Oct 21 / 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm / 401 Quarry Road / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / B. Klein, MFTI; M. Mann, MD; J. Mill, Ph.D. / free 

Psychoanalytic Student Seminar: Social Work in Community Settings
Wed, Oct 22 / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / E. Miller, LCSW; E. Simpson, LCSW / free 

Case Conference: Working w/ Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse
Fri, Oct 24 / 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm / 2727 College Avenue / Berkeley
TPI / (415) 552-5343 / Rosemary Ehat, LMFT and Hope Dean, LCSW / free

Aging by the Light of The Red Book
Sun, Oct 26 / 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-1415 / Various / free - $20 

Psychoanalytic Grand Rounds at Stanford
Fri, Oct 31 / 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm / 401 Quarry Road / Stanford
SFCP / (415) 563 - 3366 / E. Levin, MD; J. Yost, MFT / free 

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Nov 5 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / B. Steinberg, Ph.D.; M. Donner, Ph.D. / free

San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Nov 6 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / A. Blum, PsyD; L. Rather, PhD; G. Grossman, PhD / free

Friday Evening at the de Young Museum
Fri, Nov 7 / 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr / San Francisco
NCSPP / (313) 580-4978 / free