POSTGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

Erika Cooley Therapy is pleased to offer a two-year, half-time, post-graduate (MSW, MHC, MFT) fellowship in individual and family therapy. This 15-20 hour per week fellowship is a unique training opportunity for Master’s level clinicians, both in clinical practice and the business of developing, running, and maintaining a private practice.

Erika Malm Cooley, LCSW, is the founder and director of Erika Cooley Therapy, a private practice in the Flatiron District of Manhattan dedicated to providing high quality treatment to adults and adolescents. For more information about Erika and her experience, click here.

CLINICAL TRAINING

The clinical training is based in a foundation of Attachment Theory—with the premise that people thrive emotionally and physically when in healthy, connected relationships. Additionally, training will include the burgeoning fields of research in both neuroplasticity and spirituality.

  • Neuroplasticity—Fellows will engage in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions to help patients retrain their brains to shift focus and thought-patterns.
  • Spirituality—Fellows will learn clinical approaches to help patients connect with their inner sense of spirituality (as defined by researchers Lisa Miller, Bruce Grayson, George Vaillant, and Dan Siegal), the most robust protective factor against depression known to medical and social sciences.

This mix of attachment, neuroscience and spirituality inform a compassionate approach to treating patients with some of the following presentations:

  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Unipolar and Bipolar depression
  • Eating disorders
  • History of trauma or PTSD
  • Personality disorders/maladaptive coping styles
  • Relationship issues/interpersonal challenges (personal and professional)
  • Grief/Bereavement
  • Financial issues
  • Career challenges

Fellows will receive supervision from clinicians trained in the following treatment interventions: Psychodynamic psychotherapy; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); Sensorimotor Psychotherapy; and spiritual practices (including psychotherapy, meditation & mindfulness practices).

Additionally, fellows will receive supervision in how and when to reach out for consultation from other practitioners (primary medical doctors, nutritionists, psychiatrists), and how to make use of a team-based approach to treatment (as is necessary in the treatment of patients with acute eating disorders or suicidality).

BUSINESS TRAINING

Holding the needs of our patients and the ethics of clinical practice at the forefront, fellows will learn how to set boundaries, create policies, and maximize earnings. Additional training will include networking, marketing, writing, website development, and resources for obtaining supervision/consultation. At the end of this two-year training, graduating fellows will be equipped to create a thriving private practice.

COMMITMENT

A minimum of 15 patient sessions per week (maximum 20) is required over the course of 3-4 days (including Saturday, one evening until 9pm, and one morning starting at 8AM). As a fellow is building a caseload, s/he will have the opportunity to assist in writing blog posts and articles for the practice.

Fellows will receive individual and group supervision. Fellowship hours count towards licensure. A 2-year commitment is required.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE

  • Completion of MSW degree from a clinical MSW program (or clinical track), or a related area of study (MFTs & MHC-LPs will also be considered)
  • Experience with assessment, diagnostic formulation, collaboration and consultation
  • Two years of supervised individual adult psychotherapy experience
  • Personal experience as a patient in psychotherapy or psychoanalysis

IDEAL ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Inpatient, PHP or IOP care (either as part of training or employment)
  • Working as a member of an interdisciplinary team (with psychiatrists, nurses, nutritionists, primary medical doctors)
  • Crisis intervention or disaster mental health, or working with individuals who have been traumatized
  • Couples and family work in an outpatient setting
  • One year of post-graduate work in a clinical setting

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to navigate collegial and patient relationships
  • Capacity for self-reflection and a curiosity about areas of growth and challenge
  • Strong writing skills

COMPENSATION

  • This is a fee-for-service position with no additional benefits
  • The fee is $40 per psychotherapy session (includes notes and collateral care)
  • Weekly individual/group supervision
  • Fellows are provided beautiful office space to see patients
  • Networking, writing and presenting opportunities

APPLICANT INSTRUCTIONS

  • Please email cover letter, CV, and 2 references to Erika Malm Cooley, at erika@erikacooley.com. Write “Fellowship Application” in the subject line.