Internship Training Program

  • Doctoral (CAPIC)
  • Postmaster’s (AMFT, ASW)
  • Psychiatry (PGY-4) Elective Rotation

The James Goodrich Whitney Center for Psychotherapy at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco has been providing low-fee depth psychotherapy since the 1940’s to adults in the Bay area community. The Center welcomes people of every race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender and ability.

Therapy can last as long as two years and patients can be seen at frequencies greater than once weekly. Therapy is also available for couples. Between 90 and 120 patients are seen at any given time.

Contemporary Jungian psychotherapy is informed by a variety of psychoanalytic approaches. The focus is not only on difficulties and conflicts but also takes into consideration the healing and creative aspects of the psyche. There is a trust in the innate wisdom of the unconscious to guide the work through symbolic material, and to lay out a path towards wholeness or individuation.

Our clinical and theoretical approach offers perspectives into a complex and multilayered psyche that includes developmental and archetypal perspectives. This depth orientation often involves working with symbolic material (i.e. dreams, sandplay, etc.) as well as close attention to developmental issues and transference/ countertransference dynamics. In addition, Jung, in discussing the idea that therapist and patient have a mutual impact upon each other, advanced the idea of intersubjectivity, a perspective that is very present in Jungian work.

Therapy at the Whitney Center is provided by analysts, candidates in analytic training, pre-doctoral psychology interns and registered Marriage and Family Therapy Associates involved in the two-year internship, as well as fourth year psychiatry residents. Registered Social Work Associates are also eligible to apply for internship training. Currently there are 7 interns. Interns receive intensive supervision from two individual supervisors, participate in case conference seminars, didactic seminars, group process, and have access to the rich resources of the Jung Institute.