Community Institute for Psychotherapy

(415) 459-5999

Current Training/Cohort

# of Half-Time PREDOCTORAL INTERNS in current training cohort: 3

# of Full-Time PREDOCTORAL INTERNS in current training cohort:

Number of current Predoctoral Intern Positions Filled Listed By Doctoral Program of Enrollment:

Half-Time Full-Time
Program 1: None 0 0
Program 2: Alliant/CSPP-SF 2 0

Other Trainees in Current Training Program:

Postdoc, or Practicum Number
psychology practicum students 2
psychology postdocs

Agency Description:

Community Institute for Psychotherapy (CIP) is a nonprofit, tax exempt agency founded in 1977 to provide high quality, sliding-scale mental health services for individuals and families who don’t have the resources to pay full fees for professional help. CIP offers a broad range of counseling services designed to meet a variety of needs. At CIP we believe that psychotherapy, training, education, and prevention play a vital role in personal, community, and global change. We believe that the healing of the individual and the healing of the planet are inseparable. CIP serves a wide range of clients from age 6 years to the elderly. We provide individual, couples and family psychotherapy as well as group therapy. Our clients a wide range of functioning as well from SMI (seriously mentally ill) to moderate and mild. We also offer the opportunity to work at an offsite program providing service within another setting CIP’s rigorous clinical internship program is intended for graduate students in psychology and social work. Each year we have 14-16 interns pursuing their PsyD, PhD, LMFT, LPCC or LCSW degrees and approximately 45 supervisors and 45 trainers dedicated to training and mentoring them. We are a CAPIC approved internship site. We believe that a thorough grounding in theoretical and psychotherapeutic techniques beyond the graduate school curriculum is necessary to prepare interns for private practice careers.

Agency Mission:

CIP's first mission is to provide quality mental health counseling services to low-income individuals and families in Marin so that they may re-establish mental and emotional well-being and live satisfying and productive lives. CIP offers short- and long-term outpatient psychotherapy on a sliding scale fee basis to adults, children, families, and couples who would otherwise be unable to afford such services. CIP's second mission is to provide a rigorous training program for 14-16 interns in psychotherapy who are currently in post-graduate (Masters and Doctoral) programs. Each intern receives more than 350 hours of training and supervision each year, including individual supervision, group supervision, and training seminars. CIP is a CAPIC (California Psychological Internship Council) approved one and two-year half-time site.

Theoretical Orientation(s) of Staff:

Bio-psychosocial, Cognitive behavioral, Family Systems, Humanistic/Existential, Integrative, Jungian, Narrative, Other: Cross-cultural, Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Transpersonal

Comments Regarding Theoretical Orientation of Staff

The orientation of the staff is primarily psychodynamic, but in recent years has expanded to include CBT/DBT, somatic therapy, existential/humanistic therapy, and transpersonal psychology. Our 40 supervisors also provide an eclectic and broad-based approach to conducting psychotherapy in the various modalities. We have a group therapy program director and a couple's' therapy supervisor specializing in emotionally focused couples therapy.


Are you familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990? Yes
If not, would you like information? No
Is the agency wheelchair accessible? Yes
Do trainees have access to computers to do their paperwork? Yes
Has there been a student/intern/trainee with a disability at the agency within the last five years? Yes
Are there any training staff with disabilities at the agency? No
Has the agency provided in-service training on disabilities in the past five years? Yes

Comments on agency accessibility:

Agency is accessible by bus -there is a ramp to enter building, and an elevator in the building. Most offices are wheel chair accessible. Agency currently practicing in person and tele-therapy (by exception)
  • County - Marin
  • Contact Person Title - Clincial Director
  • Contact Person - Robin Berenson, PhD, LMFT, PhD
  • Dir. of Training Title - Director of Doctoral Training
  • Dir. of Training - Julie Bass , PsyD

  • Last Updated - 17 October 2023

  • Number of Applicants Last Year - 3

  • Participating in CURRENT Match process - Yes

  • CAPIC Program ID - I-147
  • CAPIC Member Since - 1979
  • Region - No. Cal
  • Internships Status - Half/Full
  • Statuses approved by CAPIC
    • Half-Time 1 Year - No
    • Half-Time 2 Years - Yes
    • Full-Time 1 Year - Yes
  • CAPIC Internship Types Available:
    • Half-Time 1 Year - No
    • Half-Time 2 Years - Yes
    • Full-Time 1 Year - Yes

Primary Location

  • Executive Director - Robin Joy Berenson, PhD, LMFT
  • 1330 Lincoln Ave. Suite 201
  • San rafael, CA 94901
  • Phone - (415) 459-5999
  • Fax - (415) 459-5999

Training/Clinical Services Offered

  • Assessment
  • Brief
  • Couple
  • Crisis
  • Family
  • Group
  • Individual
  • Long Term
  • Outpatient
  • Psych. Testing