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 Mahima Muralidharan, Psy.D.

As I write my last column as President of NCSPP, I find myself reflecting on the vibrancy and the spirit of collaboration that has permeated the organization. For the past few years there has been active dialogue about the future of psychoanalytic thinking. NCSPP has made tremendous strides not just by pondering the important questions that arise about the relevance and usefulness of analytic thinking but also by actively creating spaces where analytic thought is made more accessible and inviting. A crucial part of this endeavor has been to stay engaged in dialogue with each other and other organizations that share a similar goal.

by Adam Blum, Psy.D., Impulse Feature Editor


I made two lifelong friends in college; coincidentally (I think), they both happened to be children of immigrant German mothers. Out of some fruitful interplay of jealous exclusion when they would speak German in front of me and emerging aspirations toward fluency in the lingua franca of psychoanalysis, I decided to spend a summer immersed in the disorienting excitement of Intro to German. While my summer studies left me far from competent in the art of conversation, I have found myself from time to time (thanks to PEP-Web) comparing Freud's original wordings with Strachey's standard translations, which have themselves become a topic of metacognitive inquiry.

by Lorrie Goldin, LCSW, Impulse Staff Writer


A client once remarked, in response to another of my misguided attempts to get her to change, "I'm like the goldfish in a bowl of dirty water. Why should I change when it's the water itself that needs to be cleaned?"

by Ripple Patel

The Narcissistic Manager: A Psychoanalytic Profile. London psychotherapist Naomi Shragai explores a point of contact between psychoanalysis and organizational psychology in this article about the assets and risks of a particular managerial style.

People of the Couch: One Man's Perspective on Jewish Culture and Psychoanalysis. Ted Merwin, professor at Dickinson college and son of a psychoanalyst, describes various iterations of the continually evolving relationship between Jewish culture and psychoanalysis.

Washington Center for Psychoanalysis Becomes Affiliate of George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The establishment of such an affiliation challenges mainstream psychiatry's increasingly myopic focus on psychopharmacology.

by Ellen Klutznick, Psy.D.


Interviewer: Michael Krasny, Ph.D.
Instructors: Maureen Murphy, Ph.D.; Peter Goldberg, Ph. D.
Location: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


NEWLY CONSTRUCTED BERKELEY OFFICE:  300 sq.ft., bright, bamboo floors, skylight. Wi-fi, parking lot, therapists' kitchen and bathroom. Waiting room shared with one other office.

COMPLETE WORKS OF FREUD STANDARD EDITION (24 volumes) - good condition. $600 or best offer. Diane Strongwater.  (650) 559-0665. 

SAN FRANCISCO: SFPRG has one office with private bathroom on 2nd floor available now; ground floor office available January, in The Presidio. Waiting room, kitchen, downstairs bathrooms. Tenants are all psychotherapists.  Parking is $6/day or $1/hour.  Base rent for upstairs: $1,650/month; downstairs: $2,100. Utilities/janitor costs split. 415-561-6771  

Appointment Book: 

Case Formation in Foster Care
Wed, Dec 4 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415)-563-3366 / Maria Morelli, LCSW, et al. / $15 

Child Psychotherapy Training Program: Winnicott's Thinking About the Basics
Wed, Dec 4 (begins) / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415)-563-3366 / Reyna Cowan, Psy.D. / $1,450

East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Dec 4 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415)-563-3366 / Lee Embrey, MFT / Gary Grossman, Ph.D. / free

San Francisco Psychotheraphy Forums
Thr, Dec 5 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415)-563-3366 / T. Troutman; C. Wallis, M.D. / free

Making Connections: A Therapist's Experience of Blank States in a Patient
Fri, Dec 6 / 3:45 pm - 6:00 pm / 2232 Carleton Street / Berkeley
TPI / (415) 820-1640 / Sharon Karp-Lewis, Psy.D., LCSW / free

PINC Graduation Paper - Images Seen and Forgotten
Sat, Dec 7 / 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM / 530 Bush Street, 7th Floor / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / Terry McLarnan, MFT; Rachel Peltz, Ph.D. / free  

Open to Interpretation: Technology and Sexuality
Mon, Dec 9 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 530 Bush Street, 7th Floor / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / Maureen Murphy, Ph.D. / free - $60

Two Mental Orientations of Psychoanalysis
Mon, Dec 9 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415)-563-3366 / Jonathan Dunn, Ph.D.; Lee Grossman, M.D. / free

Second Fridays: The Analyst's Ear and the Critic's Eye
Fri, Dec 13 / 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM / 530 Bush Street, 7th Floor / San Francisco
PINC / (415) 288-4050 / Benjamin Ogden, Ph.D.; Jed Sekoff, Ph.D. / free - $20