The Greenhouse

A Post-Graduate Psychotherapy Training

Developed & sponsored by LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center is now accepting applications for its 2019 cohort.

For more information, download FAQs 2019.

Application Form 2019


  • 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.


Lifeworks G-3The 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

Read about the insights and experiences of former Greenhouse members here. Meet and find out more about each of the 2018 Greenhouse participants here.

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 program Kick Off meeting in December preceding the star of your training year.
  • Attend Administrative Training sessions in January.
  • Hold a steady caseload of 4-6 weekly clients and complete 240 clinical hours during your training year.
  • Attend 40 weekly individual supervision sessions during your training year.
  • Attend and participate in weekly Green House in-service training (Thursdays, 12 – 2 pm).
  • Attend and participate in monthly cohort learning group (first Thursdays 11-2 pm).
  • Attend and participate in weekly staff in-services meetings (Thursdays 2:30-4:20 pm).
  • Attend and participate in monthly team meetings (first Thursday of each month, 2:30 -4:20 pm).
  • Attend and participate in other relevant learning opportunities within the practice.
  • Invest in learning, growth and development through 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. During the year, clinician/participants are expected to manage other employment demands and their time effectively and in a proactive manner that enable them to fulfill all requirements of the Green House program.

For more information, download FAQs 2019.


Is the Greenhouse right for you? We will host an info meeting in July, 2018 (date to be announced) at LifeWorks’ Skokie office, to share and answer questions about the 2019 program including:

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

* NOTE: Applicants unable to attend this Information Meeting, must speak with Dr. Pat Cochran prior to submitting their application. For more information about this or other questions, please contact Pat Cochran, Psy.D. at [email protected]

Have questions now? Download FAQs 2019.


  • 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.


Saturday, July*, 2018 (date to be announced)…….. Introductory meeting about the program
September 1, 2018 ……………Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm CST Application Form 2019 
November 21, 2018 …………….. Acceptance decisions for Cohort 3 will be announced
Sunday, December, 2018 (date to be announced) … Program Kick Off Day
January, 2019  (date to be announced)………………….. Green House Cohort 3 begins

Application Form 2019

NOTE: Applicants unable to attend this Information Meeting, must speak with Dr. Pat Cochran prior to submitting their application. For more information about this or other questions, please contact Pat Cochran, Psy.D. at [email protected]

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

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