NCSPP

Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

PRESIDENT'S REMARKS: DREW TILLOTSON, PSY.D.

So, a new year begins, new leadership steps forward, takes the reins in hand and NCSPP's momentum continues. So who am I? I'm a clinical psychologist in private practice. I graduated from CSPP (Alameda). My training involved community based psychotherapy, health psychology (AIDS and cancer patients), milieu treatment of psychotic adults, psychiatric emergency, and outpatient treatment of severely personality disordered adults. 

In opening my practice, I wanted to improve my therapeutic skills. This led me to PINC and SFCP's extension programs and to NCSPP classes. Being in analysis has had a fortuitous effect on my life, and I am amazed at the power and depth of analytic process. I'm a fourth year candidate at PINC and am particularly interested in American relational psychoanalysis. I'm influenced by Freud, the Middle School, Bion and Lacan. Early in my career I sought out professional affiliation and a place to learn about my craft. I found that in NCSPP's offerings, and I am your new president.

NCSPP is in a dynamic period, having revitalized programming, stabilized our budget and implemented programming to focus on constituency desires. I plan to continue phases of development set in motion this past year, reach out to associate members seeking affiliation and community, and connect with our seasoned members. I hope to have some hand in bringing a contemporary, comparative perspective to what we offer in programming. I sit on the Executive Committee of the International Psychoanalytical Studies Organization (IPSO). There, I am learning how different cultures in North America, Latin America and Europe approach the teaching and learning of psychoanalytic ideas. I want to bring that knowledge to my work as president. 

My main goal this year: growing our community. I encourage you to write me with thoughts and suggestions. 

I also want to have fun. I'm continually impressed by smart and interesting colleagues in this community and want to have a playful, productive experience. I don't fear the death of psychoanalytic technique in favor of more "evidence-based treatments." I see the fruits of analytic work daily in my practice and am passionately dedicated to the promotion of psychoanalytic ideas and their application. 

Please introduce yourself to me at events and let me know your thoughts.

Warm regards,

Drew Tillotson, Psy.D.
President, NCSPP