Postdoctoral Psychologist Trainee in University Counseling: Trauma and Somatic Studies

Columbia University,

Counseling Services
Last Posted:

Wed, Dec 9th, '20


applications will be reviewed as they are received and interviews conducted virtually

Start Date:

Sept 1, 2021

Last Updated:

Wed, Dec 30th, '20

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  • Full Time

Counseling Services, a division within Student Health on Haven at Columbia University Irving Medical Center is inviting candidates to apply to our one year postdoctoral training program in intersectional somatic psychotherapy for the 2021-2022 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 Irving Medical Center, the trainee will provide clinical services to patients who are enrolled as CUIMC students in the health professions (medical, dental, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and public health schools as well as those pursuing doctorates in lab-based sciences).  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.  A biweekly seminar on trauma, affect regulation, and social justice is hosted jointly by CUIMC Student Health on Haven and Montefiore Medical Center's Primary Care Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship.  

The purpose of this training year is to nurture 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 Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) is a hub for premier treatment, research, and education. CUIMC is home to a number of graduate schools in the health sciences (medical, dental, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, public health, nutrition, and lab-based sciences).  Counseling Services provides clinical services to the approximately 4000 students enrolled at the medical center.  Students come from around the country, and the world, to pursue graduate training in their chosen field and we work to meet them as patients themselves so that assessment and treatment provided facilitates academic success and retention.  We also seek to engage students as future healthcare providers, policy makers, and/or researchers.  The average age of students is 26 years.  


Applicants should be graduates 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. 


$58,000 salaried with benefits


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