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Intern Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is the Berkeley Therapy Institute?


The Berkeley Therapy Institute (BTI) is a licensed non-profit community mental health clinic, and has been serving the Bay Area since 1972. Our licensed clinical staff includes psychiatrists, psychologists, as well as marriage and family therapists.  We are united by a dedication to providing excellent care to our patients and training well rounded thoughtful students.


What is the Pre and Post-Doctoral Training Program?


A two-year clinical training program designed to provide a thorough and well-rounded learning experience in multiple theoretical orientations of psychotherapy. A cohort of four to eight individuals participate in individual and group supervision to hone their skills and interventions with their clients. The program also requires attendance at weekly didactic trainings, monthly clinical meetings and other didactic experiences.


Who should apply to the training program?


The candidates best suited to the Berkeley Therapy Institutes Training program are excited to learn and apply their skills with a diverse population of clients.  Individuals who are open and curious about their own process as well as those of their clients find the program fulfilling.  BTI does not discriminate and welcomes qualified individual of all backgrounds and lifestyles to apply.


When does the Training year begin?


The first day of the training year is September 1st. The training program requires a commitment of two years and is open to pre doctoral students and postdoctoral students.


Is a stipend available for interns and pre-doctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows?


Yes. All first-year interns receive a stipend of $3500. Second-year interns receive a stipend of $4500. Postdoctoral positions are psych assistantships through the California Board of Psychology. The salary range for a post-doctoral position is $52,500-$78,000.


How many patients will I be required to see each week?


Pre-doctoral interns are expected to have 10-14 clients hours a week once they have built their caseloads. Post-doctoral fellows are expected to have 16-20 client hours a week.


What is the client population and how long will I be able to see patients?


The Berkeley Therapy Institute welcomes clients from a wide range of backgrounds, socioeconomic situations and diagnoses.  Trainees can expect to see individuals ranging from 8 years to seniors as well as couples and families.  BTI is committed to the delivery of long term insight-oriented psychotherapy.


In addition to doing individual psychotherapy, are other opportunities available?


Interns frequently see individuals, couples, and families in on-going psychotherapy. In addition, there are opportunities to do psychological assessment and to co-lead psychotherapy groups.


Can I bring my clients with me to BTI?


Yes. We are all committed to long-term psychotherapy. When appropriate, you are encouraged to bring your clients here with you. In addition, when the internship year ends, you may take your clients with you to your next practice location.




Dr. Chehrzad Shadman, PsyD (She/Her)

Director of Clinical Training

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

License #: 32884

Berkeley Therapy Institute

(510)841-8484 x 1178

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