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

NCSPP is created and sustained by the blood, sweat, tears, dreams, thoughts, and passions of people like you. Every year about 60 psychoanalytically oriented professionals volunteer their time to help keep NCSPP going. Participating in NCSPP's efforts creates opportunities to network, build community, increase access to learning, and influence organizational and professional conversations about purpose, goals, values, integrity, and problem solving. If you are interested in getting involved with NCSPP, there are a few committee chair positions open as well as space for growth on committees. Chair terms start in January and must last at least two years. For more information about these opportunities, please contact me by the end of September.

by Jane Christmas, PsyD

San Francisco, East Bay, and South Bay Groups

Designed for pre-licensed or licensed clinicians with fewer than five years of experience, the October 2016 - May 2017 case conference focuses on case presentation, discussion, and community building using emerging clinical themes and theories. Led by experienced graduates of PINC, the program cost is $200, which includes $25 for PINC Community Membership and our regular newsletter as well as discounted or free admission to classes, lectures, and events. Also included is a regular visiting scholar series presented for members only.

by Vivian Eskin, PhD


The Contemporary Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Program of New York (CPCPNYC), under the direction of Vivian Eskin, PhD, provides continuing education programs on a variety of topics related to psychoanalytic couple psychotherapy and psychoanalytic theory. Courses are recommended for all licensed mental health practitioners interested in learning about psychoanalytic thought, couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and technique. Meetings are accessible long-distance via videoconference, and CE credits are available to practitioners licensed in California.

By Alexandra Guhde, PsyD


"It's not such a wide gulf to cross, then, from survival to poetry."
--Barbara Kingsolver

One of the precious few books I carried with me to Australia was Barbara Kingsolver’s High Tide in Tucson: Essays from now or never. In the title essay Kingsolver describes, with visceral clarity, the bittersweet pull away from, and then back toward, native soil. She writes about donning "the shell of a tiny yellow Renault" when she was 22, and driving all she owned from Kentucky to Arizona. Twelve years ago, my shell was a compact gold Nissan, and the trek spanned the width of the nation, from New York to California. This past April, it was an Airbus A380 from SFO to SYD. High Tide in Tucson is an essay that gets me.

by Molly Merson, MFT

In Argentina, the Go-to Mental Health Treatment for Kids Is Freudian Psychoanalysis. In the United States, medication is often used for children with emotional disturbances, whereas in Argentina, psychoanalysis is the treatment of choice. Rather than traditional, drives-focused analysis, therapists encourage play and interpret as they would adult dreams.

If Donald Trump Had a Selfie Stick, We'd All Be in the Picture. There is more complexity to our current American political climate than us versus them. Holding up a mirror to our own feelings of powerlessness and fear, Donald Trump shows us those underbelly parts that we wish to get rid of.

What Would Sigmund Freud Say About Gay-Conversion Therapy? Did Freud take daughter Anna under his psychoanalytic wing as an attempt at "conversion therapy" because of his uncomfortable suspicions that she was romantically involved with a woman? An analyst who wrote a book about Anna Freud's story explores Freud's bias with regard to female sexuality.

by Garrett Howard, MFT

9th Annual Couples Psychotherapy Event
Approaching Couples Through the Lens of Link Theory

Presenter: Monica Vorchheimer, MA
Discussant: Julie Friend, LCSW
Saturday, October 22, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

Join NCSPP and PCPG for a special event to introduce the innovative Latin American psychoanalytic model called Link Theory to the San Francisco Bay Area community. Visiting scholar Monica Vorchheimer, an award-winning training and supervising psychoanalyst and couple psychotherapist from Buenos Aires, will describe the historical background and theoretical concepts that constitute this unique approach to understanding relationships.


OFFICE SUBLET. Lovely upper Fillmore Street location at 2491 Washington Street in a suite with three other analysts. Office is available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays as well as Wednesday mornings until noon. The office has a contemporary ambience with high ceilings, bay window, analytic couch, and closet with built-in desk. If interested, please call Barbara A. Baer, PhD, at (415) 346-8868. LARGE ATTRACTIVE OFFICE. Laurel Village area, available for sublet on Mondays, Thursdays afternoons/evenings. Good light. $380/month both days. Please contact Carol Winetsky at (415) 923-9170 or YEAR-LONG STUDY GROUP. With Megan Rundel, PhD. Information session September 8. For more information, go WINE AND CHEESE EVENT. Analytic, single, 40+? Join us Sept. 24 for wine and cheese! Click here for information and tickets.

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Appointment Book: 

East Bay ISG: The Virtual Edge of Psychotherapy
Thu, Sep 8 (begins) / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 2837 Claremont Boulevard / Berkeley
NCSPP / (415) 496-9949 / various instructors / $1,350 - $1,900

San Francisco ISG: The Virtual Edge of Psychotherapy
Fri, Sep 9 (begins) / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 530 Bush Street / San Francisco
NCSPP / (415) 496-9949 / various instructors / $1,350 - $1,900

Deepening the Work: Relational Psychotherapy/Jungian Lens
Mon, Sep 12 (begins) / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / M. Sullivan, PhD, et al. / $1,800

Welcome-Back Happy Hour
Fri, Sep 16 / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm / Arlequin Cafe / San Francisco
NCSPP / (510) 915-4063 / T. Stewart, MA; E. Semow, MA; et al. / free

The Boom in Aging and Illness: Modern Analytic Approaches
Sat, Sep 17 / 10:00 am - 2:00 pm / 1187 Franklin Street / San Francisco
NCSPP / (510) 239-3443 / T. McClintock Greenberg, PsyD, MS / $120 - $280

2016 - 2017 Post-Graduate Clinical Forums
Sun, Sep 18 (begins) / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / P. Goldberg, PhD; S. Purcell, MD; et al. / TBA

Foundations of Buddhist Psychology: Year-long Course
Thu, Sep 22 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 3824 Grand Avenue / Oakland
Crimson Gate Meditation Community / (510) 597-1261 / M. Rundel, PhD / $1,500

Engaging with the I Ching
Sun, Sep 25 / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / J. Beebe, MD; P. Stowell, MA, PhD / $10- $20

Daemon or Panacea: Cannabis in a Changing Drug Culture
Sat, Oct 1 / 9:30 am - 1:30 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / P. Banys, MD, et al. / $25 - $40

Jungian View of Clinical Work
Mon, Oct 3 (begins) / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 2040 Gough Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / G. Lipsyte, PhD; J. Swanger, PhD / $90

Difference Matters! Race, Culture, and Immigration
Fri, Oct 7 / 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
NCSPP / (510) 239-3443 / S. Saperstein, PsyD / $120 - $280