Become a Resident Therapist

MCS strives to be a leader in providing affordable and specialized outpatient counseling, while training the next generation of psychotherapists.

Metropolitan Counseling Services is a 501(c)(3) low-cost psychotherapy and training center.  While meeting the need for quality, affordable, and often long-term counseling and psychotherapy for adults, MCS also provides one of the few settings in the Atlanta area that addresses the specific needs of post-graduate therapists working toward licensure. We offer a three-year period of intensive, supervised clinical experience and additional training that goes far beyond satisfying licensure requirements in Georgia. Our clinical staff are all highly experienced and respected members of the therapy community and are experts in their respective specialty areas. The supervised, hands-on experience that residents gain at MCS not only satisfies their licensure requirement and preparation for private practice, it enables the services that MCS provides.

Inservice trainings in 2017 are conducted by the highly trained MCS clinical team, as well as other presenters including Kathy Steele, MN, CS; Jared Defife, Ph.D.; Linda Ellis, and others.

We do not accept practicum students nor interns at this time, that is anyone who has not completed their graduate degree.

Requirements for Residency

  • Completed Master’s or Doctoral degree in counseling, psychology, or social work
  • Previous experience with individual adult therapy in a hospital, agency, or practice setting
  • Able to provide both personal and professional references
  • An interest in the mission of MCS to provide psychotherapy for underserved populations
  • One year contract with MCS, with the option to renew contract for up to three years
  • Telephone duty rotation (for inquiries and new appointments only) MCS is not a crisis or emergency service
  • A commitment of 18 – 20 hours per week, including:
  • A minimum of 10 – 12 client contact hours per week, which can be flexibly scheduled, and including one evening of appointments up to 7 pm
  • Record-keeping hours as necessary
  • Six (6) hours of marketing per month
  • One hour of weekly individual supervision
  • Mandatory monthly meetings on Wednesdays:
  • Marketing and Professional Development ( 1st Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
  • Administrative Meeting (1st Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • Group Supervision (2nd Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • Inservice Training (3rd Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • Case Presentation (4th Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.)
  • MCS Luncheon on any 5th Wednesday of the month (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)


Benefits of MCS Residency

  • Weekly individual supervision by highly experienced, skilled and licensed clinicians with broad areas of specialty practice (e.g., addictions, couples, trauma, attachment issues, personality disorders, gender issues)
  • Monthly group supervision with internationally renowned therapist specializing in complex trauma
  • Learn reflective integration of various theories and interventions that are tailored to the needs of the individual client
  • Learn both practical stabilization and depth psychotherapy skills
  • Strong focus on the person of the therapist
  • On- and off-site didactic training/workshops beyond requirements of licensure
  • A supportive, collaborative environment geared to helping new practitioners become licensed
  • Client load, office space and all office needs provided
  • No expenses to residents other than personal malpractice insurance
  • When fully licensed, graduates may take their clients into private practice
  • Ongoing free training opportunities and referrals to graduate residents


Application for Residency

MCS interviews potential new residents 2 – 3 times a year. Please note that residency positions are highly competitive, as many individuals apply. To apply for a residency, please send a cover letter stating why you would like to be a resident at MCS, and your vita by email or snail mail to:

Rachelle Kennedy, LPC, NCC, CPCS

Clinical Program Manager

Metropolitan Counseling Services

2801 Buford Hwy, Suite 470

Atlanta, GA 30329

Phone: 404.321.1794, ext. 325



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