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 Stephanie King, Psy.D.

I always marvel at the ways in which nonwhite children survive a white supremacist US culture that preys on them. I am equally in awe of the ways in which queer children navigate a homophobic public sphere that would rather they did not exist. The [psychic] survival of children who are both queer and racially identified [as nonwhite] is nothing short of staggering.

— J. E. Muñoz

As someone who works with transgender and gender fluid adolescents, Munoz’s quote is quite poignant. Furthermore, as someone who uses a psychoanalytic framework while working with the transgender population, I am aware of the psychoanalytic intergenerational trauma that has been committed unto this population. Our field, and theory in particular, has done tremendous harm by pathologizing gender. Psychoanalytic psychology has some reckoning to do with the queer community.

by Jim Meyers, MFT


We invite clinicians who have completed graduate school training and are pre-licensure or up to five years post-licensure to join this conference, led by experienced clinicians who are graduates of the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. We will focus on case presentation, clinical discussion and community building. Readings relating to emerging clinical themes may be offered according to the interest of the participants and instructor. The cost is $250 for the yearlong program, including a new Community Membership. Community Members receive a regular newsletter and discounted or free admission to PINC lectures, and events, as well as a regular Visiting Scholar series.

October 2, 2019 – May 8, 2020
San Francisco, East Bay, and South Bay locations

For more information and to register, please visit

by Nicholas Hack, Psy.D.


I’m in Northwest Province, Zambia and I’m trying, and failing, to ask a simple question.

One of the first things the Peace Corps instilled in our US-acculturated minds was that time worked differently in rural Zambia. Rather than strict linearity measured by dashes on a clock, time was a less rigid concept. It could move forward, backwards, or stand still. A specific time might be determined by an event – when the meeting starts, it will be 9am – and not the other way around.

As expected, this relationship with time was reflected in the language. Where I lived, the Kaonde had a single word – katataka – that in English we’d equate both for our ideas of “immediately” and “sometime soon.”

by Molly Merson, MFT

Whiteness on the Couch. Why don’t white therapists talk about whiteness with white patients in our practices? Psychoanalytic therapy encourages talking about everything else but whiteness. This author describes what's difficult and necessary about the clinical relevance of what's already in the room when it comes to whiteness.

Internalised Racism & the Colour of Power. Using object relations theory, defenses theory, and critical race theory, the author describes how whiteness and racism shape and are shaped by social structures, and how individual psyches and relationships are impacted by racism as a sociocultural force that has interpersonal implications.

The Freud Rabbit. Freudian comics!

by Justine Leichtling, Psy.D. 


How does a couple promote a connection that helps each member consolidate and maintain a positive, vitalized sense of themselves as individuals within the couple? Join NCSPP and the Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group for the 12th Annual Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Lecture to explore this question with Dr. Carla Leone. Dr. Leone will address how one thinks about and works with couples through the lens of Self Psychology. She will showcase the ways in which a self psychologist listens to the couple, honing in on what partners are needing and seeking from each other. 

Presenter: Carla Leone, Ph.D.
Discussant: Rachel Cooke, Psy.D.

Saturday, October 26, 2019
The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

To register, go to


NEWLY RENOVATED OFFICE IN THE PRESIDIO: With a group of psychotherapists.1808 Wedemeyer St. $1600 a month. Peter Carnochan: (415) 793-6511.

UPPER MARKET/CASTRO OFFICE. Elegant, quiet, well-appointed space with high ceilings, wood floors, and excellent light in recently built-out office suite shared with psychoanalytic clinicians. $1565, full-time, 120 sq ft (10.5 x 11.5). Minimum three-year term w/ 3% annual increases. Excellent location on Market Street near 16th Street. Must be licensed. Best for established clinician seeking long-term space. Contact Kirsten (415) 401-7180.

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Appointment Book: 

Enlivening the Work - Case Conferences in SF - East Bay
Mon, Sep 9 (begins) / 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm / 2040 Gough St. / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / M. Sullivan / $900

Child Psychotherapy From a Jungian Perspective Case Conference
Wed, Sep 11 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2040 Gough St. / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / L. Cunningham, et al. / $800

Mutual Love as Trauma: Implications for Clinical Work
Thu, Sep 12 (begins) / 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St. / San Francisco
NCSPP / (415) 368-3893 / D. Donnelly, Ph.D. / $155 - $365

San Francisco ISG: The Territory of the Body
Fri, Sep 13 (begins) / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 530 Bush St., 7th Fl. / San Francisco
NCSPP / (415) 496-9949 / T. Wooldridge, Psy.D., et al. / $1350 - $1900

Welcome Back Happy Hour
Fri, Sep 13 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 563 2nd St. / San Francisco
NCSPP / (408) 838-8576 / free

Entanglements with Trauma Through Generations
Sat, Sep 14 / 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm / 1305 Middlefield Rd. / Palo Alto
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / D. Liebowitz, LCSW; E. Loewenstein, Ph.D. / $45 - $90

Mentalising Homeostasis: From Body to Self
Sat, Sep 21 / 9:00 am - 12:30 pm / 530 Bush St. / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / K. Fotopoulou, Ph.D.; M. Zellner, Ph.D., LP / $20 - $90

Extended Study Series on Trauma in Psychoanalysis
Wed, Sep 25 (begins) / 10:00 am - 11:30 pm / 1000 El Camino Real / Atherton
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / D. Liebowitz, LCSW, et al. / $1500 - $1600

Creativity and the Erotic Dimensions of the Analytic Field
Thu, Sep 26 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush St. / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / D. Elise, Ph.D.; R. Peltz, Ph.D. / free - $45

Foundations: Klein (Part 1)
Mon, Sep 30 (begins) / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 2837 Claremont Blvd. / Berkeley
NCSPP / (425) 652-2673 / M. Chapin, MFT / $135 - $315