We all want to be the person we were born to be. Being ourselves makes us happy. When we suffer from unhealed wounds from the past we don’t feel safe in the world, comfortable with ourselves or others. We may try to overcome our shame and numb our pain in a variety of ways with drugs, alcohol, sex or even work to name a few.I offer a gentle, non-intrusive and compassionate safe space for you to discover who you are. Together we explore those issues which currently block you from finding greater freedom in you life and intimacy in your relationships.
“Psychotherapy is care for the soul by giving the soul loving attention”. I specialize in holistic relational depth psychotherapy which looks at the human person as integrated whole. We suffer in life because we don’t experience the beauty, harmony and wonder of who we are as true human beings.
I integrate trauma and attachment- shame theory with somatic based mindfulness and contemplative inquiry in order to address the wounds caused by relational trauma. Shame is the experience of being flawed as a human being and is the primary cause of addictions, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and all disorders of the self.
What is a private practice internship?
CPSC is a non-profit umbrella under which you will have the opportunity to build your own practice and learn how to become fully independent once you get licensed.
Our internship program is designed for those Associates who feel called and ready to start building a practice with the support and guidance of other seasoned clinicians.
How is CPSC different from other internships in the Greater Bay Area?
CPSC is not an agency or center with one location from which you must practice. You can hire your own individual supervisor or join one of several supervision groups that fits best with your theoretical orientation and schedule.
Can I make my own decisions about the way I want to practice?
Yes, you get to set your own hours, choose your own clients and set your own fees. You choose the location of your office with the potential of it becoming your own office once your become licensed. We are there to support and guide you through all of these decisions. We help you develop your professional identity by gaining clarity about the type of therapy you wish to offer and the types of clients you wish to serve.
In essence, we give you the experience of practicing independently and without the constrictions that are placed upon Associates in other agencies.
How do I get clients?
Our referral base continues to grow and you may get clients directly from our website. Most of your clients will come from the marketing that you will put in place just like you would as a fully licensed therapist. We will assist you in developing and implementing a marketing strategy that will help you build a successful practice.
Will I make any money?
Yes! Our purpose is to give you the experience of practicing independently and this means earning an income for the work you do.
The amount you earn depends on:
1) Your client fees, which you are free to determine.
2) The amount of overhead it costs you to run your practice.
Once you become established, you can expect to earn 50-70+% of your client income.
When can I start?
We welcome applications at any time. Download the Associate Manual for further details and apply here.
What do I need to do before applying?
Possibly the most important thing to think deeply about is your desire and readiness to begin this journey. You are going to be starting your own business and for it to succeed it is important to plan ahead and be prepared for the various challenges that you will encounter.
Do I need to have clients to begin?
No, you can begin your internship with us without clients for a nominal fee which will allow you to begin marketing yourself so that you will generate referrals start to earn an income.
Is this all legal?
Yes, absolutely. As a non-profit corporation we have the freedom to operate out of multiple locations. You are “employed” as a volunteer, not a contract worker, and you are operating legally under a licensed professional.
Center for Psychotherapy, Spirituality & Creativity (CPSC) is a 501(c) nonprofit organization founded by Peter Coster. Since 2005, CPSC has offered quality therapeutic support to the Bay Area community.
Psychotherapy provides a rich opportunity for healing, growth, and evolution. Unfortunately, many people can’t afford the $180/session fee of the average licensed therapist.
With a dedication to providing affordable therapy, CPSC is helping to bridge the gap.
Because CPSC’s therapists are working towards licensure, we are able to offer you therapy starting from $50/session. Regardless of what you pay, you will receive quality care that is tailored specifically to your needs.
Our offerings include:
Psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families
Groups for various communities
Internships for pre-licensed clinicians (MFTs, LCSWs and LPCCs)