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 Shlomit Gorin, MA

“We live in a period dominated by what Laplanche has called the psychotic enclaves of good and evil,” wrote Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips in
Intimacies (2008), referring to the War on Terror following 9/11. Though they were alluding to particular political maneuvers and inculcation, this statement can unfortunately be applied more generally to any period, and certainly to the current one.

by Shannon Dubach, PsyD

As I write the last column I will write as president of NCSPP, I have the luxury of sitting to wonder and reflect on the year. What an incredible group of committed, generous, and thoughtful people who volunteer their ideas, time, and efforts. Thank you isn't enough for Michele McGuinness and the board members who bring fresh ideas and constructive criticism to setting the direction of NCSPP while leading committee members who stack brick upon brick to assure our quality offerings. I want to thank each and every committee member for all of your hard work. It was a pleasure to meet many of you when you visited the board meetings, and to learn more about and more fully appreciate just how creative and diligent you are in developing your programs, publications, and social events.

by Alexandra Guhde, PsyD


When--if--you think of going to a National Theater Live Shakespeare production this season, you will probably think of Hamlet, directed by Lyndsey Turner and starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s best, best-known tragedies, and Cumberbatch is one of today’s best, best-loved thespian stars. Go see it. But see Coriolanustoo, now, while you have the chance. (The NTL 2014 version is on screens this week in the East Bay and Sebastopol.)

by Ripple Patel, MA

Psychiatry's Mind-Brain Problem. Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst George Makari challenges the move towards biological reductionism in clinical research.

Adventures in Psychoanalytic Concepts and Treatment. In this extensive review of Eugene Mahon's A Psychoanalytic Odyssey: Painted Guinea Pigs, Dreams, and Other Realities, Leon Balter highlights the creative potential of classical psychoanalytic theory.

OAKLAND CONSULTATION GROUP. Mondays, 1:45 pm to 3:15 pm. Detailed case presentations and clinical/theoretical readings. Mature working group. Dr. Dawn Farber,
SUBLET IN MARKET HALL AVAILABLE. Large beautiful office in quiet suite. All amenities. $300 for Friday or Saturday rental for the month. Analytic office with child play space. Contact Cheryl Jacques, (510) 653-0678,
SEEKING ADJUNCT GRADUATE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY FACULTY. Notre Dame de Namur University, in Belmont, California, is seeking adjunct faculty members to teach courses in the graduate Clinical Psychology Department to students pursuing a master of science in clinical psychology. Students are primarily training to become licensed marriage and family therapists and professional clinical counselors. Qualifications (necessary): Ph.D. in psychology from a regionally accredited university department of psychology; licensed clinical psychologist with current California license and active clinical work. Other qualifications (highly desirable): demonstrated experience teaching a range of clinical psychology courses at the graduate level; demonstrated experience working with students of diverse populations, of traditional and non-traditional ages; and compatibility with the department and university mission and philosophy. Please email your CV and teaching interests to the Clinical Psychology Department:
Research participants sought for a study about CLINICAL INTUITION. Who's eligible to participate? Clinical psychologists who identify themselves as primarily using psychoanalytic theory and practice in clinical work; have at least five years of clinical experience (may include training years); can recall an experience that they understand as using intuition in clinical work; are available to meet for an interview in the San Francisco Bay Area. What does participation involve? Participation will include an approximately 45-minute one-on-one interview. Participants will describe an experience of using intuition in clinical work and answer clarifying questions about the experience. If you are interested in participating or have any questions about the study, please contact Stephanie Shreve, M.A., 425-281-8195, This research project is part of my fulfillment of a Doctorate of Psychology degree at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
PSYCHOANALYTIC CONSULTATION GROUP. Theoretically focused on the British School of Object Relations. Winnicott, Steiner, B. Joseph, Ogden, and Grotstein readings and discussion will alternate with case presentations. Wednesdays 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm or 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Starting February 3, 2016. Albany. Maureen Franey, Ph.D., (510) 527-6141,
LOOKING TO SUBLET a nice, quiet office starting in Jan. Two days a week (M-F) . Preferably near Bart or in SW SF with parking. Adult practice. Moving to Oakland. Contact Lila Caffery, or (415) 337-9474.


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Appointment Book: 

Mixing It Up: Race, Culture and Class and Who We Are
Wed, Dec 2 / 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / S. Ballas, MFT, et al. / $15 or donation

2015-2016 East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Dec 2 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / M. Gonzalez, PhD, et al. / free

2015-2016 San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Dec 3 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / R. Krausova, MFT, et al. / free

Inscape and Landscape: From the Canyons to the Stars
Sat, Dec 5 / 9:00 am - 5:00 pm / 2150 Allston Way / Berkeley
Jung Institute / (415) 640-1242 / D. O'Grady et al. / free - $35

The New "Maternal" Analysts: Containing, Desiring, and Caring for the Other
Mon, Dec 14 / 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / M. Wilson, MD, et al. / free

2015-2016 East Bay Psychotherapy Forum
Wed, Jan 6 (begins) / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 2001 Dwight Way / Berkeley
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / G. Daniels, MFT, et al. / free

Understanding Toddlerhood
Wed, Jan 6 (ongoing) / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / G. Villalba, LCWS; R. Schwartz, PhD / $1,500 - $1,600

2015-2016 San Francisco Psychotherapy Forum
Thu, Jan 7 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm / 444 Natoma Street / San Francisco
SFCP / (415) 563-3366 / A. Howard, MFT, et al. / free