Pre-doctoral Internship Program


The James Whitney Clinic of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco has been providing low fee depth psychotherapy since the 1940’s. The clinic welcomes people of all ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations. Between 60 and 70 patients are seen at any given time. Therapy can last as long as two years and patients can be seen at frequencies greater than once weekly. Therapy is also available for couples.

Contemporary Jungian psychotherapy is informed by a variety of psychoanalytic approaches. The focus is not only on difficulties and conflicts but also takes into consideration the healing and creative aspects of the psyche. There is a trust in the innate wisdom of the unconscious to guide the work through symbolic material, and to lay out a path towards wholeness or individuation.

The British Jungians, through their close collaboration with Kleinians, have demonstrated the natural compatibility of a Jungian approach with a developmental perspective, Object Relations, and Bionian theory. Jungian therapy also includes close attention to transference and countertransference. In addition, Jung, in discussing the idea that therapist and patient have a mutual impact upon each other, advanced the idea of intersubjectivity, a perspective that is very present in Jungian work.

Therapy at the clinic is provided by analysts, candidates in analytic training, pre-doctoral psychology interns and registered Marriage and Family therapist interns who are involved in a two year training program, as well as fourth year psychiatry residents. Registered Social Work Interns are also eligible to apply for internship training. Currently there are 9 interns including one international student from Romania. Interns receive intensive supervision from two to three supervisors simultaneously. They participate in case conference/seminars, didactic seminars, and have access to the rich resources of the Jung Institute. Training involves an experience of the integration of the above diverse perspectives with the ultimate goal of the development of an individual style and the emergence of an analytic attitude.


The Internship program is a CAPIC approved two year internship in long and short term depth oriented psychotherapy. Training focuses on treatment of a wide range of psychopathology and life issues. Interns are expected to become competent in diagnostic formulation, treatment planning and developing psychotherapeutic technique with attention paid to development issues, transference and countertransference, frame, working with dreams and other symbolic material. Particular attention is paid towards deepening the work.

This internship is 22 hours per week. An intern will have 2-3 hours weekly of individual supervision, a weekly 2 hour case conference/seminar and 2-3 hours of didactic seminar. Additional didactics/workshops are often scheduled throughout the year. The clinic is HIPAA compliant. During the 2017-2018 academic year, pre-doctoral psychology and post-masters (MFT and ASW) half-time interns will receive a modest annual stipend of $ 3,000.

All interns at the Institute Clinic have full use of the Institute library, the Institute’s Extended Education Public Programs, and are welcomed to participate in many of the activities of the analytic learning community. Additionally, Jung Institute interns are able to attend grand rounds at CPMC.


It is our preference that Interns make a two year commitment to the program. Officially, each year is negotiated individually. Interns are expected to be present for an average of 22 hours per week. This includes carrying a caseload of 12 clients; 2-3 hours of individual supervision; 2-3 hours of didactic training; a half hour community meeting; and a two hour case conference seminar.

Internship applicants are strongly urged to be in analysis or psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy during the internship. (Arrangements can be made for an intern to be in analysis at a reduced fee by a candidate or analyst.) Coursework completion is required for both Masters and Doctoral levels before beginning the internship.


Of the 22 hour requirement, interns must be available to attend a Case Conference seminar (on Tuesdays 10:00-11:45 or Wednesdays 10:30-12:15 (these days and times subject to change), and Didactic Seminar on Mondays 1:45-5:45. There is one hour of supervision with your primary supervisor on Monday mornings. Additional supervision is arranged on an individual basis.


Applications are currently being accepted for 2017-2018. Deadline for submitting applications is MondayFebruary 27, 2017 by 11:59 pm. If you have questions, you may speak with Deborah Igoa-Kuhn, MFT, Clinic Administrator at (415-771-8055 x205). You can also access our website at for further information on the Jung Institute.

You can download our supplemental application, information about our internship, a checklist (Doctoral or Masters level) and the CAPIC application here. If you have further questions please contact Deborah Igoa-Kuhn, MA, MFT, Clinic Coordinator at (415) 771-8055 ext 205.