Green House Cohort, Group 5

Each January, LifeWorks welcomes a cohort of graduate therapists into its Green House training program.  These therapists spend 12 months on staff at LifeWorks, work with clients and focus on:

  • Developing cultural competence and knowledge related to LGB, trans and genderqueer, non-monogamy and kink/BDSM
  • Strengthening their identities as therapists and learning how to use their unique strengths in clinical relationships
  • Deepening their skills from within a depth psychotherapy* perspective
This year we accepted six applicants to the cohort: Alexandra Denis, MSWBernadette Parfenoff, LPCChris Edwards, MSWChristy LK Darcangelo, LSW, MAKyra Lee Keuben, MSW; and Valerie Hughes, LPC.    We are already so excited by the enthusiasm and commitment they are bringing to their training and work. “LifeWorks is so fortunate to have this incredible group of therapists in-house”, commented Elizabeth Duke, Psy.D., Clinical Director. Over the next months, we will be sharing more about each of the Green House fellows — so, stay tuned for more.

With a plethora of training and mentoring options available to new therapists, what sets the Green House apart?
 According to participants, the difference lies in the program’s emphasis on creativity and individualized attention, as well as the fact that Green House clinicians engage in real, paid work with clients.

“I had been searching for a way to hone my therapeutic skills without having to pay a school a small fortune or quit my full-time job. The Green House was able to meet that criteria and allow me to be a part of a team of dynamic therapists in a progressive practice. I am getting one-on-one weekly supervision, small group weekly training, and the chance to have a caseload of clients; I don’t know of any other program that provides that.”

Wondering if Green House is right for you?  Plan to attend our Info Meeting on Saturday, July 11, 2:30-4:30 pm in our Skokie offices. RSVP to  Applications for the 2021 Green House cohort are now being accepted through August 31, 2020.

LifeWorks supports the establishment of diversity, equity and inclusivity in its culture and practice. Applicants of all ages, ethnicities, spiritual practices and religious traditions, genders and sexual orientations, persons of color and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

*Depth psychotherapy (including 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 growth and wholeness.