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 Sydney Tan, PsyD

I wish to tell of bodies changed into new forms.
You, gods, who bring about these changes,
bless my undertaking, and bring out my song, unbroken,
from the world’s first origins to my own time.
Before the land and sea, and the sky which covers all,
there was nature throughout the world, what we call chaos:
an unformed, disorganized shapeless mass, nothing
but confused, discordant objects thrown together.
As yet no light shone forth upon the world,
nor had the crescent moon renewed her horns,
not yet did the earth hang balanced by her own weight,
suspended in the surrounding air, nor had the ocean
stretched out her arms along the far edges of the shores.
And though there was land and sea and air,
it was unstable land, the seas were not swimmable,
and the air was dark. Not one thing retained form,
and all objects obscured one another:
for within one body cold conflicted with hot, wet with dry,
soft with hard, and weight with weightless things.
                     —Ovid, Metamorphoses, translated from the Latin by Sydney Tan


by Catherine Mallouh, MD


Hayuta Gurevich is best known for her work in the area of early trauma and its effects on the developing psyche, as well as her elaboration of the concept of dissociation. She emphasizes the reliving of the trauma between patient and therapist — both the importance of the therapist’s recognition of their part in this and of giving expression to dissociated feelings. In her work, she gives a voice to the work of Ferenczi and draws significantly upon Winnicott.

Ms. Gurevich is a training analyst in the Israeli Psychoanalytic Association. She will present a paper, "'I would prefer not to'—On Fending off Absence.” John DiMartini, PhD, will discuss the paper. Mary Margaret McClure, DMH, will present a clinical case.

For registration and information go to:

Saturday, November 17, 2018
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 563-5815

by Jim Meyers, MFT


Thinking about psychoanalytic training? Considering a doctorate in psychoanalysis? 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.

Parking is available across the street in Sutter Stockton garage. RSVP by Friday, October 26, to

Monday, October 29, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
530 Bush Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, 94108
(415) 288-4050

by Lorrie Goldin, LCSW


Twin studies, particularly those of babies separated at birth, have long provided important information about genetic and environmental influences. But how is such research conducted? How do infants come to be separated in the first place? What is the long-term impact?

The riveting documentary Three Identical Strangers puts these questions front and center as it explores the accidental discovery of one another at age 19 by Bobby, Eddy, and David: three identical triplets separated at birth in 1961 and adopted into different families who had no knowledge of each new baby’s multiplicity. Or of the duplicity of the adoption agency and researchers at Yale’s Child Development Center under the direction of psychoanalyst Peter Neubauer.

We feel the triplets’ experiences: the initial joy of their reunion, the shadow of early attachment wounds, the longing for union, and the reality of difference. The film also focuses on the arrogance of powerful people and institutions who withhold vital information without regard for the impact on unwittingly conscripted research subjects.

by Molly Merson, MFT

Sigmund Freud: The Untold Story. Sometimes a cigar is…actually a gag gift meant to explode when the person lights it. Even Freud might likely chortle at least once while reading this article.

Meta-Analyses Were Supposed to End Scientific Debates. Often, They Only Cause More Controversy. The person responsible for coming up with the scientific process of meta-analysis did so upon undergoing psychoanalytic treatment and facing pushback from peers advocating “research-based” cognitive behavioral treatment. This article explores how meta-analysis is an effective process and yet can be easily manipulated. Sounds like data to me!

UConn Law Professor’s Book Revisits Psychoanalysis in Law. An older article from earlier this year, this piece explores personal responsibility and the law through a psychoanalytic lens of knowing one’s unconscious motivations. Without undergoing psychoanalysis or a psychoanalytic process, can a person be held responsible for unconscious enactments?

by Loong Kwok, PsyD


The NCSPP Board invites current graduate students and pre-licensed clinicians to submit original papers to be considered for our Annual Student Paper Award. The winning author will be published in the NCSPP journal, fort da, and receive an award of $250.

We invite papers that contain original thinking and creatively address topics from a psychoanalytic perspective. They may be theoretical or clinical, and should make use of psychoanalytic concepts to further the author's argument. The integration of psychoanalytic theory with clinical material should extend beyond case reporting to include theoretical or technical hypotheses. Papers will be judged on psychoanalytic content, writing ability and style, integration of theoretical concepts, and original thinking.

The deadline for submitting papers is Monday, October 29, 2018. Papers should be double-spaced typed, not exceeding 25 pages. For the purpose of anonymous review, the paper itself should only include a title heading. In a separate document, the author should submit a cover letter, including the paper's title and the author's name, address, telephone number, email, and a brief bio. Authors should email the two documents to Loong Kwok at


PSYCHOTHERAPY OFFICE SUBLET: Lovely upper Fillmore Street location at 2491 Washington Street in a suite with three other analysts. Office is available Tue/Thu/Fri and Wed morning until noon. Partial subleasing 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. Rent/day is $363. If interested please call Barbara A. Baer, Ph.D. at (415) 346-8868.

OAKLAND COLLEGE AVENUE SUBLET. Spacious office with lots of natural light in Victorian professional building. Set back from street, quiet. Seven-minute walk from Rockridge BART. Arguably one of the best psychotherapy office locations on the avenue. All day Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Thursday until noon. $265/day/negotiable. (510) 654-2288 or

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Appointment Book: 

How Leaders in Social Work Keep Social Work Values in Mind
Wed, Oct 3 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / E. Batongbacal, LCSW, et al. / $15 - $20

Early Career Case Conference/San Francisco
Wed, Oct 3 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 516-4050 / M. Aniel, PhD; J. Meyers, MFT / $250

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Oct 3 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / E. Stuart, MD, et al. / free

Early Career Case Conference/East Bay
Wed, Oct 3 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / Private Offices / Oakland and Berkeley
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / N. Levine-Jordano, PsyD, LCSW, et al. / $250

Seasoned Clinicians Program 2018 - 2019
Sat, Oct 6 / 10:00 am - 11:30 am / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / J. Harasemovitch, LCSW, et al. / $440

Finding Form for What is Unformulated in Poetry, Photography
Sat, Oct 6 / 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm / 1313 Newell Rd / Palo Alto
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / T. McLarnan, MFT / $45 - $80

Freud’s “Seduction” Theory: Renaming the Concept
Wed, Oct 10 / 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / 5433 College Ave / Oakland
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / C. Fisher, MD; D. Newton, PhD / free

San Francisco Continuous Case Conference 2018 - 2019
Fri, Oct 12 / 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / J. De Lon, MFT, et al. / $540 - $600

They Are Still Screaming: Screening of the Documentary “Tower”
Fri, Oct 12 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / J. Burka, PhD / free - $40

The Brain in Therapy: An Introduction to Neuropsychoanalysis
Sat, Oct 13 / 9:00 am - 12:30 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / M. Zellner, PhD, et al. / $35 - $90

South Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Mon, Oct 16 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 401 Quarry Rd / Palo Alto
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / M. Lorence, MFTA, et al. / free

Fall Movie Matinee: Phantom Thread
Sun, Oct 21 / 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
NCSPP / (310) 713-4776 / M. Edwards, PsyD / $15 - $18

Questioning the Paternal Function in Contemporary Parenthood
Mon, Oct 22 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / V. Chetrit-Vatine, PhD; M. Levin, PsyD / free

Aspiration for Peace or an Untiring Nostalgia for Intimacy
Sat, Oct 27 / 9:30 am - 12:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / V. Chetrit-Vatine, PhD, et al. / $25 - $65

Cultivating Analytic Presence Through Mindfulness
Sat, Oct 27 / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm / 2040 Gough St / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / C. Costello, PhD / $175 - $200

Focus On: The Analyst’s Experience of Sociopolitical Trauma
Tue, Oct 30 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / I. Philipson, PhD / $100 - $220

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 - $40