At The Motherhood Center, we are committed to providing support to every new and expecting mother across NYC through high-quality services including a range of treatment options for women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Employment Opportunities

Part-time Outpatient Therapist

Reports To:
Senior Psychologist 

Job Summary

The Part-Time Outpatient Therapist will provide therapy and ongoing care to patients of The Motherhood Center. Treatment expectations will include: 

  • Individual psychotherapy including utilization of effective modalities for the perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD) population (Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dyadic Treatment Therapy, Dialectic Treatment Therapy, and Mindfulness Bases Stress Reduction).

The Part-Time Outpatient Therapist demonstrates excellence in clinical practice at the expert level with expertise in PMADs. He/she serves as a professional role model, consultant, and resource in the development of clinical practice, collaboration and consultation among members of the psychiatric, clinical, nursery, and administrative teams. He/she will exercise strong clinical leadership skills and demonstrate effective clinical teaching skills used to promote both care standards and practice standards.



LCSW or PhD and current NY license to practice in the State of New York required.

Five years of clinical experience required and a minimum of two years of established expertise in the area of PMAD’s. Solid foundation in postpartum psychiatric disorders, maternal-child health and issues of women's health care. Excellent human relations and communication skills, including proficiency in personal computer use and using Electronic Medical Records, required.



  • Demonstrate expert clinical judgment and decision-making skills reflecting ability to manage patients with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. 
  • Provide individual therapy to outpatient clients of the program.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of social work/psychological practice theories and theoretical concepts to be operationalized in specialty areas as models/frameworks for patient care. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of impact of PMAD on attachment/bonding and appropriate intervention strategies.
  • Assess and accurately document each client’s:
    • Physical findings
    • Psychological data
    • Significant person/family support
    • Cognitive abilities
    • Major stressors
  • Administer patient treatment plan according to established policies and procedures, effectively utilizing proper techniques and adapting as necessary to fit unique needs of patients.
  • Collaborate with team members in development and implementation of treatment plan for patients, recommending changes in clinical social work/psychological practice as needed.
  • Maintain continuing education and assists in formal and informal educational mechanisms in clinical skills and performance development of staff.
  • Effectively monitor and evaluate patient outcomes.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all patient information.
  • Treat records, correspondence and related items with utmost security.


  • LCSW or PhD licensed to practice in the state of New York;
  • Five years of clinical experience required and a minimum of two years of experience working with new and expecting mothers suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders;
  • Familiarity with IPT, DBT, CBT and Dyadic Therapy and other best practices for the PMAD population;
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office; 
  • Strong organizational skills, must be detail oriented; 
  • Excellent oral and written communication as well as presentation skills; 
  • Ability to be flexible;
  • Sense of humor and nonjudgmental attitude;
  • Ability to work as part of a team;
  • Ability to multi-task;
  • Ability to work late afternoon/evening hours 2 or more days a week.

Please send resume, cover letter and references to: info@themotherhoodcenter.com

Nursery Volunteer

At the Motherhood Center, we provide supportive services for new and expecting moms, including a range of treatment options for women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). In our day treatment program, mom’s bring their babies with them from 9:30 - 2:30, Monday-Friday.

We need volunteers to hold these beautiful babies!

If you are interested in volunteering, contact our Program Director, Laura Bhatt at: lbhatt@themotherhoodcenter.com or call her at (212) 335-0034.

Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Position Specializing in Perinatal Psychiatry: Full-Time Available

Site Location: 205 Lexington Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10016
Contact: Nicole Van Nortwick, PhD, Director of Clinical Training
Phone Number: (212)335-0034
Email: nvannortwick@themotherhoodcenter.com

To apply & arrange interview:
Email to Dr. Van Nortwick a cover letter, CV, 1 sample case formulation write-up & 2 letters of recommendation (be sure to replace all personal identifiers in sample write ups). *Please email all materials together; not in separate messages. 

Please note that all applicants must have completed their internship and successfully defended
their dissertation prior to beginning the fellowship position. Unfortunately, we cannot interview
every applicant.

Length of program & time commitment

1 year; full-time position (37.5 hours per week). Start date depends on when the postdoctoral fellow finishes their internship placement.


The position has a standard salary of $55,000.

Description of setting

The Motherhood Center is an independent group practice, singular in NYC, serving women with a wide range of psychiatric disorders who come from different age groups, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. The Motherhood Center is pleased to extend its commitment to excellence in academic training to postdoctoral applicants interested in learning how to treat perinatal women in an acute, short-term partial hospital setting as well as
in ongoing outpatient psychotherapy.

The Motherhood Center treats psychiatric issues related to the adjustment and complications of
motherhood, including psychiatric/medical issues, trauma, pre-existing psychiatric issues,
infertility, reproductive psychiatry, and perinatal loss. The Motherhood Center is both an
outpatient program and partial hospitalization program. The outpatient program provides
consultations, psychotherapy and aftercare for women with perinatal psychiatry issues. The
partial hospitalization program offers services daily from 9:45am-2:45pm, with five group
therapies each day, and individual and family therapy each week; length of stay can be from
one week to eight weeks, dependent on their psychiatric needs. Each patient is assigned an
individual therapist and psychiatrist to coordinate their care. Our acute and intensive day
treatment model offers short term care for the stabilization of mood issues, high risk
symptomatology and a uniquely tailored treatment plan for each patient’s adjustment to
motherhood. A fully staffed nursery is available onsite for women to bring their babies in an effort to facilitate attachment and bonding while receiving intensive psychiatric services during partial hospitalization program hours.

Description of AGENCY MISSION

At The Motherhood Center, we provide supportive services for new and expecting moms, including a range of treatment options for women suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS). The Motherhood Center offers something to every woman making the transition to parenthood. Staffed by experienced professionals, we take an interdisciplinary approach to tackling pre- and post-natal care, PMADs, and everything in between.

Description of standard fellowship experience

The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Outpatient Program (OP) are two distinct therapeutic programs that are separate from one another while also informing each other.

Partial Hospitalization Program:

  • Conduct psychiatric intakes with diagnosis, treatment planning and coordination of care.
  • Conduct and hone skills in individual psychotherapy for partial hospitalization programming in a number of modalities, with specific focus on optimizing treatment for perinatal patients. Individual psychotherapy may be psychodynamic, behavioral and/or dyadic in orientation.
  • Please note that we also offer a DBT opportunity in which qualified fellows can conduct individual and group DBT sessions.
  • Develop group psychotherapy skills in IPT, DBT and/or Dyadic in orientation. Five groups run daily for partial hospitalization program patients. Fellows will have the opportunity to either co-lead and/or independently run one group therapy session each day.
  • Family and couples therapy. Intensive supervision, with an expert in the field, focusing on various techniques addressing the management of current stressors, communication patterns, adjustment to new roles, and addressing adaptive and maladaptive intergenerational patterns in the family.
  • Receive supervision. A minimum of 2-hours of supervision will be provided for psychotherapy cases, including individual, dyadic, couples/family, group therapy and psychiatric intakes.
  • Attend and participate in daily rounds with an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and medical practitioners.
  • This role requires collaboration with all members of The Motherhood Center staff and interaction with both partial hospitalization day program patients and outpatient program patients.


outpatient experience

The fellow will treat perinatal women who require treatment due to perinatal mood and anxiety symptoms, attachment/bonding issues, traumatic birth experiences or acute psychiatric crises. Postdoctoral fellows will carry a full caseload of 3-10 individual psychotherapy cases, conduct psychiatric intakes, potentially start and/or co-lead one outpatient therapy group, and opportunities to participate in dyadic and family/couples treatment in the outpatient program.

Seminars & conferences

The fellowship position will include access to ongoing didactics, case conferences and journal clubs to help deepen the clinician’s knowledge in the following topics: perinatal psychiatry, short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy, dyadic therapy, dialectical-behavior therapy, trauma, Axis II disorders, psychopharmacology, couples/family therapy, systems, case formulation and professional development. Fellows will also be encouraged to attend Women’s Program rounds of interest at various academic institutions in the city as well as conferences that pertain to this area of study.

Supervision arrangements/ratio

The postdoctoral fellow will be provided with the following supervision: One to three hours of individual supervision for psychotherapy cases depending on caseload, with multiple supervisors with expertise in the field; thirty minutes of supervision for each group psychotherapy. Supervisions are held 1:1 and in group supervision format.

Testing experience

The fellow may participate in conducting a range of assessments specific to this population. Patients whose presentations require more extensive and comprehensive evaluation are assigned for psychological testing. Testing is provided primarily to aid in:clarifying the diagnosis, determining the presence of an Axis II disorder, evaluating bonding and attachment styles, and to aid in treatment planning.

Research opportunities:

The postdoctoral fellow will have an opportunity to utilize some portion of time allotted during fellowship to address research goals related to perinatal psychiatry and/or material related to work at The Motherhood Center at conferences, including posters and case presentations, and collaborate with The Motherhood Center team on research related projects furthering the understanding and treatment of perinatal psychiatry.

To apply & arrange interview:
Email to Dr. Van Nortwick a cover letter, CV, 1 sample case formulation write-up & 2 letters of recommendation (be sure to replace all personal identifiers in sample write ups). *Please email all materials together; not in separate messages.