Fellowship in Couples Counseling

 We will be accepting applications for our 2022 Practicum and Post Graduate Fellowship beginning in September, 2021.  Please watch the video below for more information.  We look forward to hearing from you!


Here’s what the Fellows that have come before you have said about their experience:


Fellowship in Couples Counseling

The Relationship Therapy Center is offering a Fellowship in Couples Counseling this June!  A small cohort of practicum students, recent grads and/or LAMFTs will be chosen for this unique opportunity.  We will dedicate the next three years to helping you become an incredible couples therapist!  Therapists of color are encouraged to apply.

You will receive:

Clients– You won’t need to do any of your own marketing. You get to work with lots of couples and get tons of experience with couples counseling.

Training– the position includes a comprehensive training program in couples therapy.  We will help to develop your couples therapy skills by exposing you to various models of training.

Supervision– You get lots of individual and group supervision, more than enough to meet the requirements for full licensure.

Billing support– We take care of getting you in-network with insurance and do the billing for you.

Feedback Informed Treatment— We provide you with the technology and the training to use this valuable resource.

Community– You are part of a fantastic community of quality therapists, dedicated to the same mission. 

Resources– Over the years we have compiled a very large database of resources–  free for you to access.

Compensation– Pay will be determined by the position offerings, length of commitment and experience in the field.

All of the Details

  1. RTC’s Fellowship in Couples Therapy (Overview)
    • The Relationship Therapy Center hosts a 3 year position in Couples Therapy.  The position will fulfill the supervision and clinical contact hour requirements for full LMFT licensure in the state of Minnesota.  The position starts in the June of 2021.
  2. Description of the Site
    • The Relationship Therapy Center is the largest couples counseling clinic in Minnesota.  We strive to provide the best couples therapy in the world through extensive training, collaboration, and maintaining a healthy environment for our therapists.  The clinic is composed of clinicians with varied experience levels – from expert therapists to therapists fulfilling their practicum requirements with us. 
  3.  Candidate Selection Philosophy
    • We believe that personality is much more important than experience.  We do not expect for you to have any experience in couples therapy. We are looking for therapists who have a passion for relationship therapy and have a strong enough personality to hold the therapy room.  We also are looking for individuals with a collaborative bend. Therapists of color are encouraged to apply.
  4. Model of Training
    • Our model of training is influenced by three practices:  
      1. Supervision (individual and group), Training, Mentoring, and self-of the-therapist discussion are core to our training.
      2. Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) is an electronically delivered system which solicits feedback and tracks outcome in each therapy session.  FIT has been shown to increase outcomes of associate level clinicians by up to 4 times. The accountability of FIT helps therapists ensure they are providing the highest level of care possible.  
      3. We believe that different couples modalities and theories work for different personalities and different clients.  While we will give you concrete theory and skills to become a competent couples therapist – we strongly encourage all of our therapists to actively develop a couples therapy engagement style that works for their own particular set of values, temperament, and skills.  
  5. Training Modalities
    • Supervision will occur in individual, group, and dyadic formats
    • Fellows will be given specific tasks for the assessment and therapy phases of couples therapy.  
    • Supervision allows therapist to receive direct feedback on actual cases.  
    • Every month, therapists attend Topic Tuesdays. Learn more about Topic Tuesdays here.
  6. Core Tasks of the Fellowship
  7.  Stipend, Leave, and Benefits
    • This is a full-time paid 3 year position.   
    • We offer a competitive compensation package.  Total compensation (including all benefits) adds up to $53,000-$61,000 per year (before incentives).  
    • 50% of health insurance premiums are covered. 
    • Incentives are available for additional client contact hours.  
    • RTC provides liability and malpractice insurance.  
    • All clinical supervision hours and client contact hours necessary for Minnesota licensure as an LMFT.
    • RTC provides for 2 weeks of paid leave per year.   
    • RTC offers a profit sharing plan in which we match up to 3% of your salary to a SIMPLE IRA.  
  8. Qualifications of Applicants
    • Minimum Qualifications:
      1. Bachelors degree in the field.
      2. An ability to commit to the entire 3 years
      3. Culturally responsive
      4. An honest and sincere respect for relationships and a commitment to providing the best care possible
    • Additional Preferred Qualifications (not mandatory)
      1. Training in couples therapy
      2. Experience with couples
      3. Addiction training
      4. Sex therapy training
      5. Sex therapy education
      6. Knowledge of specific trauma models
  9. Application Procedures and Deadlines
    • Watch the video above and create your own video to answer the questions at the end of our video.  You can upload the video to youtube and send the link to mncouplescounseling@gmail.com along with your resume or curriculum vitae.  Please also send an answer to the following questions:  
      1. Ideally, what hours/days would you like to work? How possible would it be for you to work evenings and/or weekends?
      2. Tell us about work/life balance and where you are on that spectrum?  
      3. Are you someone that will ask others as you are figuring something out or do it on your own?
      4. Scenario – we messed up and scheduled you 8 clients in a row with no breaks.  What would you do?
      5. If you were offered this position – what would be your biggest hesitations in taking the position?
      6. What other opportunities are you looking at?
      7. What is your ultimate career vision (where do you hope to be and what do you hope to be doing)?
    • The deadline for all applications is March 21st, 2021
  10. Clinical Training Staff
    • Jebediah J. Sawyer – Jeb was the first Gottman Certified Therapist in Minnesota and he is the only Certified Feedback Informed Treatment Trainer in Minnesota.  Jeb has extensive training in couples therapy – including specialized training with Susan Johnson, Michael White, Daniel Wile, Brent Atkinson, and several other prominent therapists.  He also specializes in trauma treatment through EMDR and Pia Mellody’s trauma specific therapy. Jeb is the Co-Founder of the Relationship Therapy Center and the Co-Creator of Intensive Couples Counseling – a proprietary program designed to get couples moving and help couples traditional couples therapy can not. Jeb’s style in supervision is to give a comprehensive understanding of what will be covered and then use a clear, and systematic approach to help you know where we’re going and why. Jeb lays out the roadmap and helps everything make sense.
    • Theresa M. Benoit – Like Jeb, Theresa has extensive training in couples therapy – including specialized training with Susan Johnson, Michael White, Daniel Wile, Brent Atkinson, and several other prominent therapists.  She also specializes in trauma treatment through EMDR. She also is the Co-Founder of the Relationship Therapy Center and the Co-Creator of Intensive Couples Counseling. Her style in supervision is focused on deliberate practice, infused with laughter and group support– helping you practice and perfect each step with a sense of humor.
    • Erica Falconer- Erica has been a Supervisor for a number of years and has a lot to offer. In addition to tons of couples therapy experience, Erica is fully trained in Post Induction Therapy, which is a trauma model we use a lot around here. She regularly runs Women’s Intensives using this model and the clients that attend report that it is life changing. Erica also worked at an Eating Disorder Clinic prior to RTC, so she will well versed in topics like body image and eating disorders. Erica’s style is supportive, encouraging, and resourceful (she has TONS of resources to offer you).
    • Gregg Schacher – Dr. Schacher received his Phd from the University of Minnesota and has been working in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy since 2003, as one of our most sought-after therapists at RTC since 2015. His retention and ability to build rapport are the stuff of legends and he brings that same energy to his group consultations. His experience with diverse populations means he has a lot to offer therapists who need recommendations, resources, and guidance.