The Greenhouse

A Post-Graduate Psychotherapy Training
Developed & sponsored by
LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center


– A recent grad or just licensed clinician?

– Looking for distinctive, clinical experience with alternative expressions of sexuality, erotic orientations and/or relationship configurations?

– Want support to develop  your identity as a therapist?

– Looking for long-term psychotherapy experience?

– Wondering how to use yourself (your thoughts, feelings, perceptions, reactions) more effectively in the therapy session?

The Greenhouse may be right for you.


The Greenhouse is a post-graduate psychotherapy training and mentoring program for recent grads, newly licensed clinicians and others who want to develop specific therapeutic skills & cultural competence with clients including those who actively identify as or are exploring sexuality, erotic identity, gender and non-normative relationship configurations such as LGB, trans and gender queer, non-monogamous (open, swinging, poly affective or polyamorous relationships) and kink/BDSM. Supervision and clinical discussion rest on depth psychotherapy theories and perspectives (including psychodynamic, Jungian and process-oriented models).

  • Develop cultural competence and knowledge related to LGB, trans and gender queer, non-monogamy and kink/BDSM
  • Strengthen your identity as therapist and use your unique strengths
  • Deepen your clinical skills from within a depth psychotherapy perspective

The Greenhouse’s tuition-free, 12 month program provides:

  • Payment for clinical hours
  • 4-6 clinical sessions per week, the equivalent of 240 clinical hours during the program year
  • 40 hours of individual supervision
  • Weekly in-service training topics such as:

Clients, Communities & Cultures: LGB, trans, gender queer, kink & poly
Depth Psychotherapy: The purpose of problems
Therapist Identity Development: Finding your unique strengths
Using Therapist Bias: A lifelong process
Professional & Personal Roles & Boundaries in Small Communities
Working with Clients who Identify as Non-normative

Clinician/participants are expected to:

Attend a one day Orientation on December 4, 2016.
Attend a half day Administrative Training on January 8, 2017.
Hold a steady caseload of 4-6 weekly clients and complete 240 clinical hours.
Attend 40 weekly individual supervision sessions.
Attend and participate in weekly in-service training (Friday mornings, 9-11 am).
Attend and participate in monthly cohort learning group (on the 4th Friday of each month, 9 am -noon).
Attend and participate in monthly team meetings (first Thursday of each month, 3 -4:30 pm).
Attend and participate in other relevant learning opportunities within the practice.
Invest in learning, growth and development thru all aspects of the program.

On average a commitment of 10 hours per week is expected with some weeks being lighter and some being heavier.


Is the Greenhouse right for you?
We will host an info meeting on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at LifeWorks’ Skokie office, to share and answer questions about:

Philosophy of the program
Program elements & expectations
Supervisors, instructors and mentors
Application process

Have questions now? Download FAQs for Greenhouse 2017

RSVP for the Informational Meeting to [email protected]


  • A license-eligible MA, Psy.D or Ph.D in one of the mental health disciplines
  • A passion for working with LGB, trans, gender queer, non-monogamous and/or kinky clients
  • An interest and commitment to incorporating or deepening the use of  a depth approach to psychotherapy*
  • 2 letters of reference, at least one from a current supervisor of clinical work
  • Fluency in a non-English language a plus, not required
  • Interest in relationship work a plus

*Depth psychotherapy (includes psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, Jungian or analytical psychology and process-oriented psychology or process work)  is based on two key propositions:  1. that the unknown or less familiar aspects of ourselves often hold the keys to healing; and 2. that the problems or conflicts that bring us into therapy are pointing us towards our own wholeness.


Applications (below) will be accepted from May 15 thru September 1, 2016.
Introductory meeting about the program is Saturday, July 23, 2016.
The 2017 Cohort 2 application deadline is September 1, 2016.
Acceptance decisions for Cohort 2 will be announced November 17, 2016.
Program Orientation Day is on December 4, 2016.
Greenhouse Cohort 2 begins January 2, 2017.

Spaces are limited.
4-6 clinician/participants will be selected.

Application Form 2017 

For more information, please contact Pat Cochran, Psy.D. at [email protected]