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Is the Green House right for you?

The Green House is developed and sponsored by LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center. Applications for the 2022 cohort are now closed. Check back Spring/Summer of 2022 for the next application period.

The Green House

Post-Graduate Psychotherapy Fellowship Program

About The Green House

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The Green House is a tuition-free 12 month 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), kink/BDSM and sex work/erotic labor. Supervision and clinical discussion rest on depth psychotherapy theories* and perspectives (including psycho-dynamic and process-oriented models).

The Green House program participants will gain the following:

  • Develop cultural competence 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
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Jo Flannery, AMFT, leads the LifeWorks staff final creative project (2016)
Jo Flannery, AMFT, leads the LifeWorks staff in playing the (Un)Becoming Game for her Green House final creative project (2016).

The Green House may be right for you if you are…

  • 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?

“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.”

– The Green House Program participant

Frequent Questions

How can I find out more information about the program before I apply?

An Information Meeting took place on Saturday, July 10th from 1:30-3:30pm on Zoom. At the meeting, LifeWorks’ Director of Training, Danielle Carlson, as well as members of the current Greenhouse cohorts, answered questions.

If you missed the Information meeting in July contact Danielle Carlson with any questions you may have!

When is the deadline to apply?

Applications for the 2022 cohort are currently closed. Please check back in spring 2022 for more information on applying to our 2023 cohort.

What are the number of hours/times/days/locations that are required of Green House therapists?

The Green House commitment is about 10 hours per week on average. Below are the required attendance days and times currently taking place remotely but normally in the Skokie LifeWorks office (except for clinical hours – see below).

  • Weekly Green House in-service meetings: Thursdays 12-2:00 pm
  • Monthly cohort learning pod: First Thursday of the month, from 11 am-2:00 pm
  • Weekly full staff in-service trainings: 3rd & 4th Thursdays 2:30-4:20 pm
  • Monthly team meetings (with all LW clinical staff): 1st Thursday, from 2:30-4:20 pm.
  • Monthly Committee Meetings: 2nd Thursday, from 2:30-4:20 pm
  • Supervision: approximately one-hour weekly, scheduled with your supervisor

Your clinical hours scheduled in two 4-hour “blocks,” at least one of which will be at the Skokie office. You may be able to schedule clinical hours at one of the other office locations (Lakeview or Loop) depending on office availability. Evening and weekend blocks are recommended.

You will also be encouraged to attend other LifeWorks events such as community support groups, practice retreats, special trainings and workshops, etc.… times and dates to be announced.   These events may be scheduled outside of LifeWorks offices.

The Green House is an adult learning format. Your successful completion of the program depends on your participation, ability to manage your time and responsibilities and communicate proactively.

Is there a fee to apply or tution to pay once accepted?

No, there is no fee to apply or tuition fee. Instead, the program pays you $30 per clinical session. If you are offered a position and accept, you will be hired as a W2 employee, not an independent contractor (1099).

How many clients will I see, and how long will it take for me to be assigned those clients?

You are expected to complete 240 clinical hours over the course of the year. This is an average of 5 to 6 clinical hours (individual or relationship therapy) per week. To maintain these weekly clinical hours, your caseload may include 610 cases. We expect it to take 34 months to build your caseload to that level. You may be assigned new clients for you to maintain that number of weekly clients consistently.

I haven’t had much clinical experience, but I want to become a clinician—should I apply?

Yes. Of course, clinical experience is relevant and desirable, and we have had cohort members without much direct clinical experience. Before you apply, you should consider all of the experiences that you have had that are applicable to the clinical setting to assess how you know you would like to become a clinician (such as your own personal therapy; the role you may take in your community, friends and family; how important or enlivening your internship(s) experiences have been, etc. and address this in your application and interview.

I’ll be working full-time in an agency or another setting—if I can arrange for the time off, is it feasible to work full-time while doing this program?

Some cohort members do work full time at another setting, and it certainly brings challenges, but it is doable. Your ability to manage and organize your time will be an important variable in your successful ability to work full-time and participate fully in the Green House.

The Green House is an adult learning format. Your successful completion of the program depends on your participation, ability to manage your time and responsibilities and communicate proactively.

Please bring your questions about this to the Information meeting in July. Current or former cohort members may be able to speak to this concern.

How is the Green House program different from other training programs?

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.

  • There is no tuition.
  • You are paid for your clinical hours at a rate of $30 per session.
  • The clients who you are likely to see, and learn about, include folks in these communities: LGBTQ+, erotic orientations (such as kink, leather, BDSM), consensual nonmonogamous relationships (such as polyamorous, open, swinging,etc.).
  • This training includes a focus on development of your identity as a therapist and  deepening your clinical skills and understanding from a depth perspective as well as learning to use your unique strengths as a therapist.
I have a lot of personal experience, but limited clinical experience working with the populations you mention—will that disqualify me?

Not at all. We expect that cohort members will not have extensive clinical experience working with these marginalized populations, but rather have a strong interest in gaining that experience.

I’m not sure if I’m considered a depth psychotherapist—I was mostly trained in doing DBT/CBT, client-centered or another modality, yet I want to do more long-term, deeper work. Is the Green House for me?

It may be. Before you apply to the Green House you should consider how it is that you know you want to work on a deeper level with your clientsperhaps your own therapy experience has shown you the benefit of deeper work, or other personal growth experiences or books you have read resonated with you. Examine your own motives and be ready to share about what is moving you in the direction of depth psychotherapy.

*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.

A tuition-free 12-month program, what does the Green House provide it’s cohorts?
  • 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
What is expected of clinician/participants?
  • Attend a one day program Kick Off meeting Saturday, December 6, 2020 – preceding the start of the 2021 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 – 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.

For more information, download FAQs for The Green House 2022 (PDF Download).

I have other questions not answered here—how can I find out more?

Danielle Carlson is the Director of Training and interfaces with the Greenhouse candidates, applicants and therapists and can provide more information if you have further questions. Please contact Danielle with questions.

Requirements and Timeline

Desired Candidate Qualifications

  • 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.

Application and Acceptance Timeline

Applications are now closed for the 2022 cohort.

  • July 10, 2021 – Introductory Zoom meeting*
  • September 15, 2021 – Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm CST.
  • [November] – Acceptance decisions will be emailed
  • [December]  – 2022 Cohort Kick Off Day
  • [January] – Green House 2022 Cohort begins

* For more information about this or other questions, please contact Danielle Carlson, LMFT. at

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

Is the Green House right for you?

The application period for our 2022 Green House cohort is now closed. If you need information or assistance, please contact program director Danielle Carlson, LMFT. Contact Danielle