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


Each year, NCSPP honors a mental health organization which focuses on psychoanalytic psychology with our Community Service Award. The award celebrates those practitioners or mental health organizations that have provided ongoing service or care by contributing to our communities in active and meaningful ways. Please nominate an individual practitioner or an agency that demonstrates excellence in leadership, commitment to the healing of others, and dedication to services to our community. To nominate an individual or mental health organization, please write a paragraph describing why your nominee should be honored with our Community Service Award. Nominations do not have to come from members of NCSPP. We will announce the award in the December 2018 issue of Impulse, and the nominee will be presented with the award at our annual holiday party. Please email nominations to by Monday, October 29, 2018.

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 instructors. 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, events, and the Visiting Scholar series.

October 3, 2018 – May 8, 2019
San Francisco and East Bay locations
For more information and to register, please visit

by Alexandra Guhde, PsyD


Here, in Sydney, Australia—on the eastern shore of this otherworldly landscape I now call home—springtime has officially begun. Australians are so confident of the arrival of warm weather that they don’t bother waiting for celestial alignment. They simply declare spring has sprung on the first of September and head outdoors.

This year, I decided to prepare for spring by shopping for recliners for our balcony. In the evening, when traffic dies down and construction sites go still—the cacophonic forces of gentrification are omnipresent here too—my partner and I like to sit on the balcony, watch the tufty tops of the gum trees, and listen.

As much as I enjoy the euphonious, reedy melody of the Australian magpies, and the gossipy chitter of the just-waking grey-headed flying foxes, my favorite sound is the evening call of the kookaburra. Kookaburras mate for life. And, to me, their conversation, which often begins as raucous laughter before softening into throaty, in-the-know chortles, sounds full of sly wisdom. As if kookaburras get that life’s joke is on us, and the best we can do is to pick someone to laugh with.

by Molly Merson, MFT

Should You Care About Your Unconscious Biases? Freud developed the concept of the unconscious, and this article dives into how the term is used today as a stand-in for the implicit, unknown biases we hold as well as how we examine them.

The Way Psychologists Talk About Sex Reveals Exactly What They Get Wrong About Our Inner Lives. In terms of sexuality and its impact on human psyches, development, and relationships, Freud was really onto something—even if his datasets would not stand up to what is required of research today. But that also meant he was free to develop creative understandings of human experience and sexuality that can help contemporary sex therapists and researchers today.

Freud the Socialist, Freud the Revolutionary. What might a radical rereading of Freud as a revolutionary hold for us in this age?

by Danni Biondini, MFT


Join NCSPP and the Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group for the 11th Annual Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Lecture with David Hewison of Tavistock Relationships. Dr. Hewison will highlight Winnicott's and Bollas’ rich contributions to psychoanalysis and elaborate his own view on how these ideas can be creatively applied to understanding couple relationships. From this theoretical orientation, he will discuss the importance for the couple psychotherapist of focusing on four areas in the clinical hour: the need for gesture to be properly met; the need to understand repetition in a creative way; the need to attend to mood and the emotional atmosphere; and the need to rethink the uses made of other people and other things outside the session. Dr. Shawnee Cuzzillo will serve as discussant, and Dr. Hewison will illustrate his innovative ideas with a case presentation.

Creativity and Imagination in Couple Psychoanalysis: The Influence of Winnicott and Bollas in Clinical Practice
Presenter: David Hewison, D.Cpl.Psych.Psych.
Discussant: Shawnee Cuzzillo, PhD

Saturday, October 20, 2018
The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

To register, go to


MENTALIZATION-BASED TREATMENT SUPERVISION GROUP. Starting September 2018 with Starr Kelton-Locke, PhD, PsyD. One Saturday (12:00 - 2:00 pm) and Friday (9:00 - 10:50 am) each month. Kentfield, CA. $100 per person. 6-month commitment requested. Information: or (415) 453-2782.

PSYCHOTHERAPY OFFICE WANTED IN SF. Seasoned psychodynamically-oriented psychologist seeking quiet office with like-minded colleagues. Having to move as office of 10-plus years being sold. Please contact Clark Conant at or (650) 704-7604.

TWO FULLY FURNISHED, LIGHT-FILLED OFFICES AVAILABLE. Two psychotherapy/psychiatry offices in the heart of the Financial District, one block from BART and MUNI. Historic building is LEED-certified, handicapped accessible with onsite garage and 24/7 security. Many longtime colleagues share this attractive, spacious, and well-appointed suite. Amenities include signal light system in the professionally decorated waiting room; eat-in kitchen with microwave, bottled water and refrigerator; fax, copier, shredder and WiFi throughout the suite. Each office rents for $385 per month. Office #1, available on Wednesday, faces east and has a view of the Bay Bridge and Salesforce Tower. Office #5, available on Friday, has a southern exposure and private entrance. Please contact Malka Gorman at (415) 421-4214.

PSYCHOTHERAPY OFFICE SUBLET: Lovely upper Fillmore Street location at 2491 Washington Street in a suite with three other analysts. Office is available Tue/Thu/Fri and Wed morning until noon. Partial subleasing available, although full use of times available is preferred. The office has a contemporary ambience with high ceilings, bay window, analytic couch, and closet with built-in desk. Rent/day is $363. If interested please call Barbara A. Baer, Ph.D. at (415) 346-8868.


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Appointment Book: 

2018–2019 San Francisco Intensive Study Group
Fri, Sep 7 / 10:00 am - 12:00 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
NCSPP / (415) 496-9949 / B. Kassoff, PhD, et al. / $1350 - $1900

2018–2019 East Bay Yearlong Program
Fri, Sep 7 / 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm / 1672 University Ave / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / L. Weyland, PhD, et al. / $1170 - $1300

Dissociation and Duets: Developmental Trauma Technique
Sat, Sep 8 / 9:30 am - 12:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / S. Purcell, MD, et al. / $25 - $65

Social Work in Community Settings
Mon, Sep 10 / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / E. Miller, LCSW; E. Simpson, LCSW / free

If on a Winter's Night: The Psychoanalyst as Innkeeper
Mon, Sep 10 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / M. Wilson, MD, et al. / free

Working Together: CMH Supervisory Consultation Group
Tue, Sep 11 / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Private Office TBA / San Francisco
NCSPP / (415) 841-2481 / S. Lugar, PsyD, et al. / $190 - $380

SBCPS Extended Study Series on Pluralism
Wed, Sep 12 / 10:00 am - 11:30 am / 1000 El Camino Real / Atherton
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / J. Gerhardt, PhD, et al. / $1550 - $1600

Working Together: Low-Fee CMH Clinical Consultation Group
Wed, Sep 12 / 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm / Private Office TBA / San Francisco
NCSPP / (415) 841-2481 / A. Blum, PsyD, et al. / $190 - $380

2018–2019 Child Psychotherapy Training Program
Wed, Sep 12 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / R. Schwartz, PhD; D. Vuong, MFT / $1650 - $1750

Queer Theory and Psychoanalysis
Fri, Sep 14 / 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / R. Fawaz, PhD; R. Cowan, PsyD, LCSW / free - $40

White Lies: Four Voices on Race in Psychoanalysis
Fri, Sep 14 / 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
NCSPP / (510) 852-9013 / S. Saperstein, PsyD, et al. / $180 - $420

Welcome Back Happy Hour
Fri, Sep 14 / 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm / Arlequin Café, 384 Hayes St / San Francisco
NCSPP / (510) 676-9548 / free

Psychotherapy in an Archetypal Cosmos
Sat, Sep 15 / 10:00 am - 5:00 pm / 2040 Gough St / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / Y. Tarnas, PhD, MFT / $175 - $200

Case Conference for Clinicians of Color
Tue, Sep 18 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / M. Muralidharan, PsyD / $150 - $335

2018–2019 San Francisco Yearlong Program
Fri, Sep 21 / 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / C. Mallouh, MD / $1200 - $1330

Missing in Action: The Collision With Unsymbolized Thought
Sat, Sep 22 / 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
NCSPP / (415) 496-9949 / R. Gupta, PsyD; M. Mann, MD / $60 - $140

Jungian Psychoanalysis in a Time of Darkness
Mon, Sep 24 / 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm / 2040 Gough St / San Francisco
Jung Institute / (415) 771-8055 / M. Sullivan, PhD, et al. / $2300

Foundations: Six Dialogues on Freud and the Sexual
Tue, Sep 25 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 2837 Claremont Blvd / Berkeley
NCSPP / (425) 652-2673 / I. Katz, MD / $135 - $315

Relationships in Development
Thu, Sep 27 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 530 Bush St / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / S. Seligman, DMH; F. Gonzalez, MD / free - $35

In Dark Times: Perspectives on Totalitarian States of Mind
Tue, Oct 2 / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 590 Sutter St / San Francisco
NCSPP / (415) 857-4885 / E. Loewenstein, PhD / $135 - $315

9th Annual CCSW Clinical Evening Series
Wed, Oct 3 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / C. Kwun, LCSW; D. Yu, LCSW / $15 - $20

Seasoned Clinicians Program
Wed, Oct 6 / 11:30 am - 1:00 pm / 444 Natoma St / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-5815 / J. Wise-Bradman, LCSW; D. Newton, PhD / $440

Finding Form for What is Unformulated in Poetry, Photography, and Psychoanalysis
Sat, Oct 6 / 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm / 1313 Newell Rd / Palo Alto
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / T. McLarnan, MFT / $45 - $80