The Green House

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A Post-Graduate Psychotherapy Training

Developed & sponsored by LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center, the Green House is now accepting applications for its 2022 cohort.

Please contact program director Danielle Carlson, LMFT at to schedule a short phone interview prior to applying.

For more information, view our FAQ page here.

Or, download our FAQs here: FAQs for The Green House 2022 (PDF, 128kb)


  • 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 Green House may be right for you.

Cohort 4, 2019


The Green House 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 humility for working 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), kink/BDSM and sex work/erotic labor. Supervision and clinical discussion rest on depth psychotherapy theories* and perspectives (including psychodynamic and process-oriented models).

  • Deepen cultural humility and knowledge related to LGB, trans and gender queer, non-monogamy, kink/BDSM and sex work
  • 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 Green House members here. Meet and find out more about former Green House participants here. 

The Green house’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, sex work
    • 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 Sunday, December 5, 2021 – preceding the start of the 2022 training year.
  • Attend Administrative Training sessions in January (dates below).
  • 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 – 2pm).
  • Attend and participate in monthly cohort learning group (first Thursdays 11-2pm).
  • Attend and participate in weekly staff in-services meetings (Thursdays 2:30-4:20pm).
  • Attend and participate in monthly team meetings (first Thursday of each month, 2:30 -4:20pm).
  • Attend and participate in other relevant learning opportunities within the practice.
  • Invest in learning, growth and development through all aspects of the program.
Cohort 5, 2020

On average, a commitment of 10 hours per week is expected with some weeks being lighter and some being heavier. The Green House is an adult learning experience which relies on clinician/participants to extract learning from the resources provided.  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.

Have questions now?

Read about the insights and experiences of former Green House members here.
Meet and find out more about former Green House participants here.


  • 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, kinky clients and/or sex workers
  • 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 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.

Cohort 1, 2016



  • Saturday, July 10, 2021, 1:30-3:30 pm – Introductory Zoom meeting about the program.* (see note below)
  • August 31, 2021 – Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm CST
  • November 23, 2021 – Acceptance decisions will be emailed
  • Sunday, December 5, 2021 10 am – 4 pm  – 2022 Cohort Kick Off Day
  • Monday, January 3, 2022 – Green House 2022 Cohort begins

Spaces are limited. 6-8 clinician/participants will be selected.

NOTE: Applicants unable to attend this Introductory Meeting, are requested to have a phone interview prior to submitting their application. For more information about this or other questions, please contact Danielle Carlson, LMFT at

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