Access Institute provides high-quality psychological care to people of all ages who fall through the socioeconomic cracks while training the next generation of mental health professionals through a model that values human complexity, supports socially conscious practice, and promotes sustained human growth. We serve people in the “gap” - those who are marginalized and not served by existing mental health systems.
At Access Institute, we utilize a psychoanalytically-oriented model of mental health care. This model takes a depth approach to treatment and appreciates the complexity of each individual and the varied and idiosyncratic forms of mental suffering. We not only believe in reducing symptoms, but also value the long-term goals of expanding people’s capacity to live more meaningful and satisfying lives. We soundly reject the idea that lack of adequate financial resources should be a barrier to this type of treatment. Our treatment model recognizes that individual experience in all its complexity is embedded in one's social context, and working within that context is a critical element to fostering therapeutic growth.
Our full-time internship program trains four pre-doctoral interns over a 13-month period, during which time interns provide clinical services and receive training and supervision from some of the Bay Area’s top clinicians. Our doctoral internship program provides an intellectually rigorous and emotionally immersive training in psychoanalytic psychology. At Access Institute you are taught and supervised by contemporary thinkers who have evolved psychoanalytic practice in meaningful ways.
Interns provide psychotherapy (individual and couple) and conduct comprehensive psychological testing at our Hayes Valley clinic in San Francisco for 17 hours per week; participate in 3 hours of individual supervision and 7 hours of training (didactics and case conferences) weekly, and spend the rest of their time in meetings and administrative activities. For more information regarding the program please visit our website.
Please include with your application the following supporting documents:
- Current curriculum vitae
- Cover letter
- Essay describing your theoretical orientation (1-2 pages)
- Autobiographical essay (1-2 pages)
- Three letters of recommendation from those familiar with your clinical work
- Official transcripts from graduate school(s)
- De-identified psychological assessment report