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 Shannon Dubach, PsyD

We are seeking nominations for the NCSPP 2015 Community Service Award, presented to an individual or a mental health organization in the field of psychoanalytic psychology for outstanding community service. We believe that while the important work of building community serves a vital role in development of the social good, it remains underrecognized 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 social justice, and dedication to community service.

Please email your nominations for the Community Service Award to We will accept nominations through September 30, 2015.

by Jane Christmas, PsyD


PINC is pleased to invite pre- and recently licensed clinicians to join this yearlong program that focuses on case presentation, clinical discussion, and community building. Readings related to emerging clinical themes may be offered according to the interest of the participants and instructor.

Taught in six-week sequences by senior analysts, the case conference is limited to the first ten participants to apply and costs $150. Held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, the meetings start on September 9, 2015, in the East Bay and on October 7, 2015, in San Francisco.

By Alexandra Guhde, PsyD


"Where overachievers go to feel bad about themselves." This phrase, according to a recent article in The New York Times, is popular among employees at, Inc., where brutal 80-hour weeks, confrontational staff meetings, and late-night vigils over email and spreadsheets are, reportedly, commonplace. The article, "Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace," explores, among other things, the data-driven culture of white-collar workaholism. Taking Amazon's market dominance into account, it's a work-culture that works. At least, it works for the corporation as an energetic system.

by Ripple Patel, MA

Trumping Americans: The Strange, Irresistible Appeal of a Narcissistic Bloviator. Psychoanalyst Peter Wolson attempts to explain Donald Trump's rise in popularity.

Pondering Proust, Seeing the Light Within. This blog post reveals a psychoanalytic sensibility through the author's discovery that "experiences alone [have] minimal interest until filtered through an inner world."

Why Group Therapy Worked. Group therapy may just be the "bitter pill" that some patients need in order to change.

By Garrett Howard, LMFT


Molly Ludlam, MA
Saturday, October 24, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

CE: 6 credits

Tuition: $40 - $210
(Early registration ends 10/10/15, after which $40 will be added)


SEEKING ADJUNCT GRADUATE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY FACULTY.  Notre Dame de Namur University, in Belmont, California, is seeking adjunct faculty members to teach courses in the graduate Clinical Psychology Department to students pursuing a master of science in clinical psychology. Students are primarily training to become 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 California license and active clinical work. Other qualifications (highly desirable): demonstrated experience teaching a range of clinical psychology courses at the graduate level; demonstrated experience working with students of diverse populations, of traditional and non-traditional ages; and compatibility with the department and university mission and philosophy. Please email your CV and teaching interests to the Clinical Psychology Department:

ALVAREZ FOR GROWN-UPS. Anne Alvarez writes about clinical work with autistic children that we find extremely applicable to our work with adults. In this seminar we will read selections of Alvarez's writing and examine how her ideas add to and/or change many of the ways we think about our work and how we use ourselves clinically. We will especially focus on understanding her "levels of calibration," which helps us to assess what patients need and can use in their psychological work. We will further examine how her ideas challenge psychoanalytic meta-theory and clinical technique with reference to defense, containment, projection, omnipotence and destructiveness, and more. Alvarez's two seminal books, Live Company and The Thinking Heart, introduce a new emotion-filled language that describes critical analytic functions necessary to vitalizing and reclaiming an individual's lost or deadened aspects. The seminar will meet on Fridays from 2:00 to 3:30 in Berkeley, from October 9 to December 4, 2015. For more information, contact Rachael Peltz at (510) 841-3201 or, or Annie Sweetnam at (510) 531-5212 or

LARGE, LIGHT OFFICE with large bay windows (approximately 190 square feet) in well-maintained Laurel Heights suite with four psychoanalytically oriented clinicians. Suitable for a practice with adults and older teens. $1,650/month. Contact Glassgold at (415) 567-5553 or Barbara Blasdel at (415) 420-8633.

OFFICE SUBLET AVAILABLE in Pacific Heights. Wednesdays and Fridays. $300 each full day per month. Includes utilities, internet, cleaning, light alert system, key-pad entry. Contact Carrie Evenden at (415) 793-9643.

WEEKLY CLINICAL CONSULTATION GROUP. Current openings for experienced and newer clinicians. Focus: close listening and clinical intervention. Supportive and thoughtful group. Rockridge. Thursdays 10:25 - 11:35. $45/week. Facilitated by Reyna Cowan, PsyD, LCSW, Personal and Supervising Analyst PINC. or  (510) 601-0232.

REGISTER NOW! Entering the Stream: Establishing and Deepening a Meditation Practice for Mental Health Practitioners. Thursday evenings in September, Oakland location, led by a psychoanalyst/Zen teacher. For more information:

CONSULTATION GROUP for adult, adolescent, and child psychotherapists forming in San Francisco beginning in January 2016. Bi-monthly meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm. Six participants. Fee: $55 per meeting. For more information, please contact Dr. Jack Giuliani at or (415) 346-0415, or
Dr. Era  Loewenstein at or (415) 695-9656.

THERAPY GROUPS for mental health professionals and trainees. Ongoing since 1984. Weekly, in San Francisco: Tues, Thurs mornings; Tues, Wed evenings. Relational-interpersonal orientation. Art Raisman, PhD (PSY7795), Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, UCSF. (415) 453-4271.

WRITING SUPPORT GROUP. Openings. Meets first Monday morning of the month in Oakland. $85. Annie Sweetnam,

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Appointment Book: 

Open to Interpretation: Secrets and Lies
Wed, Sep 9 (begins) / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush Street / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / J. Burka, PhD; J. Leavitt, MD / $15

2015-2016 Child Psychotherapy Training Program
Wed, Sep 9 (begins) / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-2283 / Reyna Cowan, PsyD, LCSW / $1,500 - $1,600

Working With Difficult Moments in Psychotherapy
Wed, Sep 9 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-2283 / Walt Beckman, PhD / free

Reflective Spaces/Material Places 3rd Annual Conference
Sat, Sep 12 / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm / 2919 Mission Street / San Francisco
Access, NCSPP, PINC / (415) 377-0345 / Lynne Layton, PhD / $30 - $90

Mentalization-Based Treatment
Sat, Sep 19 (begins) / 9:00 am - 12:00 pm / 240 Channing Way / San Rafael
NCSPP / (510) 239-3443 / Starr Kelton-Locke, PhD / $90 - $210

Deepening the Work (A Yearlong Course)
Mon, Sep 21 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2727 College Avenue / Berkeley
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / B. Cohen, PhD; M. Sullivan, PhD, MFT / $1,800

Foundations: Advanced Klein (Clinical Klein)
Mon, Sep 21 (begins) / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 2837 Claremont Boulevard / Berkeley
NCSPP / (510) 239-3443 / Margo Chapin, MFT / $135 - $315

Social Work in Community Settings
Wed, Sep 30 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / E. M. Simpson, LCSW; E. Miller, LCSW / free

Imaging the Unimaginable: Filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt
Sat, Sep 26 / 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm / TBA / Palo Alto
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / J. Leavitt, MD; A. Sowa, PsyD, MFT / $30 - $45

A Jungian View of Clinical Work - Fall Segment
Mon, Oct 5 (begins) / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / G. Lipsyte, PhD; J. Swanger, PhD / $90

Healing (Sometimes Curative) Psychotherapy of Psychoses
Wed, Sep 30 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / I. Steinman, MD, et al. / $165 - $365

2015-2016 San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Oct 1 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / D. Gatta, MA; S. von Baeyer, PhD; G. Grossman, PhD / free

Bion Past and Present: The Los Angeles Seminars and Supervision
Sat, Oct 3 / 9:30 am - 12:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / J. Aguayo, PhD, et al. / $45 - $65

2015-2016 East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Oct 7 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / L. Weyland, PhD; S. Goldberg, MD; M. Donner, PhD / free