Postdoctoral Fellowship in University Counseling: Trauma and Somatic Studies

Columbia University,

Mental Health Services
Last Posted:

Mon, Dec 18th, '17


Jan 31, 2018

Start Date:

Sept 1, 2018

Last Updated:

Thu, Jan 18th, '18

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  • Full Time

Mental Health Services, a division within the Student Health Service at Columbia University Medical Center is pleased to announce our one year postdoctoral fellowship in intersectional somatic psychotherapy for the 2018-2019 training year. We aim to address issues of embodiment and intersectionality in psychotherapy with an eye toward the impact of trauma, whether that be acute trauma, developmental trauma, and/or the trauma of experiencing various forms of oppression.  The body is recognized as the location of these experiences such that somatic experience is central to dis-ease/disorder, assessment, and treatment.

Housed within the Columbia University Medical Center, the fellow will provide clinical services to patients who are enrolled as CUMC students in the health professions (medical, dental, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and public health schools).  This will entail individual as well as group therapy.  Sociocultural and somatic frameworks will inform clinical practice, supervision, and didactics.  In addition, the fellow will facilitate outreach and programmatic development around social justice issues on campus, including the ongoing Mental Health Rounds: Social Justice is a Mental Health Issue.  

The purpose of this fellowship is to train clinical and counseling psychologists who can integrate these approaches, recognizing the foundational nature of physical or somatic experience and the omnipresence of intersectional forces in shaping one's sense of self and the world.


Located in upper Manhattan, Columbia University Medical Center is a hub for premier treatment, research, and education. Mental Health Services provides clinical services to students who are enrolled in graduate school on campus here at the medical center.  These include the medical, dental, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and public health schools.  


Applicants should be graduates (or be ABD) of an APA-accredited program in clinical or counseling psychology, have completed an APA-accredited internship, and be eligible for a limited permit to practice psychology in New York State.  Training will fulfill the requirements for licensure in New York State.


Applicants with demonstrated interest and commitment to social justice, treatment of trauma, and/or somatic psychotherapy.

Experience with crisis management and/or inpatient treatment is preferred. 


Salary and benefits are regionally competitive. 


Interested applicants should submit cover letter, CV, and three letters of reference