From the Editor

by Loong Kwok, Psy.D.

I initially chose to pursue therapy as a career because I wanted to help people by providing a magical cure.  When I was confronted with the reality that this required work with no guarantees, I had to choose again whether this was something to which I could commit. There are days when it continues to be a struggle to hold onto my therapeutic sensibilities, but I continue to feel that I made the right decision.

This month is the last of my term as the Editor-in-Chief of the Impulse Newsletter.  At the end, I find myself looking back to the beginning, and thinking about why I decided to take on this role.  I had been part of several commitments already, you see, and people asked me if I had the time to take on a volunteer position.  My reason to accept was the same as why I continued my graduate studies in the face of a reality without cure-alls --psychoanalysis is awesome. Through this community I've met people I admire greatly as well as friends I'm happy to have in my life.  I would not have been able to maintain my thirdness without them, and I believe I would not have known them without becoming involved.

Shlomit Gorin, the next Editor-in-Chief of Impulse, is one such person. She has been the Managing Editor for many years and brings an embarrassment of experience with her.  I hope you'll get a chance to know her intelligence and wit during her tenure.  

This means that we have an opening for the Managing Editor of Impulse, a great opportunity for those of you who have great grammar to become part of the NCSPP community. The duties include overseeing production of the newsletter, serving as primary editor for a couple of the features, and being a second or third pair of eyes for all content.  If you're interested, please write to us at, and include a writing sample.  

With this, I will bid all of you goodbye.  Goodbye as Editor, I mean. I'll continue to be a part of NCSPP and the Bay Area community for many years to come.  Come and say hi should you see me around.