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 Kellen Grayson, PsyD


The NCSPP Community Service Award is an annual award presented for outstanding community service by an individual or a mental health organization in the field of psychoanalytic psychology. Here at NCSPP we understand the importance of mental health care that integrates psychoanalytic practice with community mental health. This year, we are pleased to announce award recipient UCSF/SFGH Infant Parent Program (IPP), with warm congratulations to IPP Director Kadija Johnston, LCSW, and Director of Training Maria St. John, PhD, MFT. IPP has a longstanding history of commitment to community mental health.

by Michael Guy Thompson, PhD


Gnosis Retreat Center and The California Institute of Integral Studies are proud to present the West Coast Premiere of Mad to be Normal, a biographical film about the controversial psychoanalyst R.D. Laing and his radical experiment in healing through community at Kingsley Hall. Dubbed an "acid-marxist" by the press, at the height of his fame Laing was the most popular psychoanalyst in the world. The film will also feature a panel discussion led by Michael Guy Thompson, Nita Gage, and Fritjof Capra, all of whom were close personal friends of Laing's. All proceeds from this event will go to Gnosis Retreat Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing shelter for people going through psychotic episodes.

February 4, 2018
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The Gunn Theater at The Legion of Honor
100 34th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121

​Tickets available at

by Andrew Harlem, PhD


The PsyD program at the California Institute of Integral Studies has always sought to train mental health professionals who could think outside the box. In recent years, however, we've found it increasingly difficult to provide the kind of depth-oriented, holistic, interdisciplinary training we value within the narrow views imposed by APA accreditation.

We are happy to announce that we've decided to pursue an alternative path at CIIS -- one that integrates the principles of integral education with specialized training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. The new PsyD program is specifically designed for individuals who, having already obtained a master's degree in counseling psychology (or closely related field) wish to deepen their training through advanced study. Students receive advanced training through sequenced coursework in the philosophical foundations of psychoanalytic thought, psychodynamic perspectives on the therapeutic relationship, personal and social dimensions of the unconscious, and radical and critical approaches in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

by Molly Merson, MFT
Misogyny on the Couch: Why It's Time to Let Psychoanalysis into Politics. Susie Orbach sheds light on what psychoanalysis has to offer politics: an understanding of relationships to and between people, groups, systems, internal objects, and histories. Psychoanalysis is well positioned to speak to what we encounter when transformation, including social change, is a painful and complex process.
Artist Recreates Gritty Details of Abandoned Buildings as a Rundown Dollhouse. This art installation offers a representation of aspects of our childhood that become ghosts in our psyches.
Carl Jung: We Are Brightness and Blackness. Can You Stand to Consider That? The author muses on what it takes for people to willingly have contact with their "shadow," and how Jung might make sense of our current political predicament.

by Danielle Dunchok, PsyD


In learning about various infant-parent interaction patterns, we have a platform to think analogously about the non-verbal, emotional, and interactive levels of a treatment between therapist and client. Weaving together classical psychoanalytic thinking with the latest intersubjectivist-relational findings, including research in attachment, infant-parent interaction, developmental neuroscience, and trauma, this presentation will consider these analogies and ask how analytic practice can or cannot be helped by thinking about infants and children. To the discussant, Steve Seligman, these explorations often illuminate previously unseen aspects of a patient's lived experience, especially as it pertains to the body. Video illustrations, case material, and a review of the history of developmental psychoanalysis will be offered, as well as a description and comparison of various "analytic babies" (i.e., Freud's baby, Klein's baby, Winnicott's baby, the relational baby) will be made to help articulate these points.

Attend in person:
$15 General Public | Free NCSPP Members | $10 CE Credit

Attend via livestream (includes CE credit):
$40 General Public | $25 NCSPP Members

Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

For more information and to register click here.


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Appointment Book: 

San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Feb 1 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / S. Purcell, MD; E. Markoczy, PsyD / free

SBCPS Group Relations Seminar
Fri, Feb 2 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Private Residence / Palo Alto
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / D. Facchino, PhD / $130 - $190

Dionysus Momentum: Transdisciplinary Creativity
Sat, Feb 3 / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm / 2040 Gough St / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / S. Rowland, PhD / $200

Moving from Within the Maternal
Mon, Feb 5 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / D. Elise, PhD, et al. / free

Coalition for Clinical Social Work: Clinical Evening Series
Wed, Feb 7 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / C. Kwun, LCSW; D. Yu, LCSW / $15 - $20

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Feb 7 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / S. Zarb-Harper, PhD, et al. / free

Second Friday: Black Mirror
Fri, Feb 9 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / S. Perna, PsyD; V. Bonfilio, JD, PhD / free - $40

Extreme Thinking: When Containment Is Missing
Sat, Feb 10 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / R. Cowan, PsyD, LCSW; A. Jones, MD / free

Art, Social Justice, and Soul Making
Sun, Feb 11 / 10:00 am - 4:00 pm / 3543 18th Street / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / E. Boone, et al. / $25 - $75

From Freud's House to Our House: Experiencing the Uncanny
Tue, Feb 13 / 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm / 5433 College Ave / Oakland
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / L. Case, PhD, et al. / free

A Psychoanalyst for the 21st Century
Tue, Feb 13 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush St, Suite 700 / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / C. Bacchi, PsyD / free - $35

South Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Tue, Feb 20 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 401 Quarry Rd / Palo Alto
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / M. Smith, PhD / free

Focus On: Putting Whiteness on the Couch
Tue, Feb 20 (begins) / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / C. Colvin, PhD; Z. Zimbardo, MA / $100 - $220

A Push Towards Wholeness: The Self Speaks
Thu, Feb 22 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2040 Gough St / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / T. Richardson, PhD / $225

Psychoanalytic Grand Rounds at Stanford
Fri, Feb 23 / 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm / 401 Quarry Rd / Palo Alto
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / A. Lieberman, PhD; N. Szajnberg, MD / free

South Bay Monthly Reading Group
Fri, Feb 23 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / Private Residence / Palo Alto
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / J. Gerhardt, PhD; A. Cabell, MFT / $15 - $35

The Esoteric Roots of Jung's Alchemical Writings
Sat, Feb 24 (begins) / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm / 2040 Gough St / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / C. Payne-Towler, et al. / $125

Working Relationally in Psychodynamic Supervision
Sat, Feb 24 (begins) / 10:00 am - 1:00 pm / 1375 55th Street / Emeryville
NCSPP / (415) 580-1779 / J. Sarnat, PhD / $90 - $210