Division Reports

Book Review of "The Origins of Attachment: Infant Research and Adult Treatment" by Beatrice Beebe, PhD and Frank M. Lachmann, PhD

Book Review of “The Origins of Attachment: Infant Research and Adult Treatment”
by Beatrice Beebe, PhD and Frank M. Lachmann, PhD

by Shahla Chehrazi, MD


The experience of reading about the process of intrapsychic disturbance as it develops in the infant mind inspired me; it is indeed powerful to almost visualize psychopathology as it is developing and being co-constructed in the mother/infant interaction. Beatrice Beebe and Frank Lachmann achieved the goal if making this come to life in their most recent Publication, The Origins of Attachment: Infant Research and Adult Treatment.

Membership Division News

Membership Division News

By Meryl J. Botkin, PhD, Chair Membership Division


Community Membership News

Community Membership News

by German Cheung, PsyD, Chair, Community Membership Committee


This past December, I had a chance to fly home to Hong Kong for my annual teaching assignment. Teaching aside, which I enjoy tremendously every year, it is my mother's cooking that I look forward to the most. She is not a Michelin-starred chef, does not use the most luxurious or exotic ingredients in her dishes, nor has the plating finesse that you see from home cooks on MasterChef, but somehow she always manages to prepare dishes that gratify both my palate and my soul. Even for the most ordinary dish—such as steamed spare ribs—my mother seems to have that magic touch to season and cook it just the right way and leaves everyone in the family satisfied.

This is home.

Faculty Committee News

Faculty Committee News

by Diane Donnelly, PhD


SFCP would like to welcome Michael D. Levin, PsyD, to the Associate Faculty. His teaching interests include psychoanalytic theories, case conferences, and electives featuring neighboring fields.

APsaA News, January 18, 2015

APsaA News, January 18, 2015

by Erik Gann, MD, BOPS Fellow, William Glover, PhD, BOPS Fellow, Gary Grossman, PhD, APsaA Executive Councilor


Many SFCP members attended the Winter Meetings in New York and participated in the rich and varied programs. As our representatives to the APsaA Executive Council and Board of Professional Standards we are writing to inform you of important developments.


William Alanson White Institute joins APsaA

The WAW was approved as an affiliated institute of APsaA. This historic development provides for APsaA to adopt two applications of the tripartite Eitington model of psychoanalytic education, ‘the original APsaA model’ and the ‘WAW Institute model’. Over 60 members of the White have now joined APsaA and many more of their over 200 members are expected to join.


Report of the SFCP Treasurer

Report of the SFCP Treasurer

by Michael Harrington, JD


The Finance Committee meets monthly and we are pleased to report that SFCP is in a solid financial position. The overall cash flow for the first six months of the fiscal year (which ends June 30) is moderately positive, and market returns have resulted in an increase of the value of the marketable securities portfolio. Although we carry the real estate assets at book (meaning we do not reappraise the property), the overall market developments in the area have significantly increased the value of the office building.

SFCP has had considerable success collecting many owed pledges and obtaining new commitments. Many thanks for those contributors for adding to the financial viability and stability of the organization. We also appreciate those who make timely payments on their tuition and program fees. All of these actions support the positive cash flow we are now experiencing.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Psychoanalytic Couple Psychotherapy Group Now Accepting Applications for Intensive Study Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy of Couples 2015-2016


by Julie Friend, LCSW and Leora Benioff, PhD


PCPG’s program offers an immersion in the foundations of Tavistock and other psychoanalytic thinking about and working with couples. Tavistock couple theory, rooted in Klein, Winnicott, Bion, Meltzer and others, explores a wide range of issues, including the implications of Oedipal development regarding couple functioning, unconscious object choice and shared unconscious anxieties, the role of projection in structuring couple relationships, sexuality, technical application of theory, and transference and countertransference in work with couples. The coming year will feature a rich array of theoretical classes, case conferences, and film events.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Book Signing Invitation



"Psychoanalytic Aspect of Assisted Reproductive Technology"
edited by Mali Mann, MD

Saturday, February 28, 2015

448 Kentucky Avenue
Berkeley CA 94707

RSVP 650-867-7461

Hosted By
Jeanne Harasemovitch

The “ Psychoanalytic Aspect of Assisted Reproductive Technology” brings together colleagues’ as well as my own collective clinical experience working with patients touched by the use of this method.

The book covers a variety of topics related to the use of ART, and the role of unconscious transaction in the analytic process. As analysts, we appreciate the value of in-depth understanding of a single case presentation.

This book offers several in depth cases.





Sacramento St. between Spruce and Locust Sts. Spacious, nicely furnished office in well-maintained building in Laurel Heights. Kitchen and free wi-fi. Suitable for child and adult psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Available weekday evenings after 6:30 pm, all day Fridays and weekends. Call Bert Faerstein at (415) 673-1290 or Diane Donnelly at (415) 563-3920.


Well-maintained building on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Kentfield across from College of Marin. Separate exit, kitchenette, free parking lot surrounding building. Suitable for child and adult psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Available Wednesday until 2:30 pm, weekday eves after 7:00pm, all day Fridays and weekends.

Call Bert Faerstein at (415) 673-1290 or Diane Donnelly at (415) 563-3920.


Opera on the Couch

Opera on the Couch

by Steven Goldberg and Milton Schaefer, Co-chairs, Opera on the Couch


The 2014-15 season of Opera on the Couch, a collaboration between SFCP and the San Francisco Opera, continued on December 7, with Marc Zussman,MD, and Jeanne Harasemovich, LCSW, presenting their prepared discussions of Puccini’s La Boheme. The talks were given immediately following the Sunday matinee performance at nearby Books, Inc. A standing room only group of participants then engaged in a spirited dialogue with the presenters. La Boheme, one of the most frequently performed operas in the repertory, is characterized by the exceptional beauty of its melodic themes and the psychological depth of its characters and dramatic situations. Marc and Jeanne have prepared brief summaries of their comments for this Newsletter article, as follows:


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