Licensed DBT Therapist

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We are excited to be expanding our DBT team! The Institute for Girls’ Development in Pasadena, CA is hiring a Licensed Psychologist to join our DBT team. We have a comprehensive program for girls, teens, and young women with three skills groups (middle school multi-family, high school multi-family, and young women) and a developing program for latency age girls and their parents.

Responsibilities would include:
• Carrying a caseload of individual DBT clients and providing phone coaching
• Leading DBT skills groups
• Participating on the DBT team and in DBT case consultation weekly
• Supervising opportunity with pre-licensed therapists
• Working with some select clients from our Child and Adolescent Specialty Program
• Other responsibilities as assigned

• A passion for working with girls, young women and their families
• Licensed Clinical Psychologist (other licensed professionals may be considered)
• Experience in providing individual DBT therapy and leading skills group
• Intensive training is preferred; however we will consider candidates who have completed several shorter DBT trainings
• Interest in innovative program development and evaluation
• Motivation for working with our team to build our program and practice
• Interest in ongoing advanced DBT training, including moving toward DBT Certification in the future
• A background with children, adolescents, families, and groups
• Computer literacy in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) is required
• Knowledge of current research and theory on girls’ development is desirable

We have two practice areas:
• Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice
• DBT Specialty Practice

More about our Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Specialty Practice: The specialists on this team provide treatment to girls, teens and young women (middle school through young adulthood). They also provide services for the parents of these youth and young adults. The clients served in this practice often have a history of self-harm, emotional regulation challenges, suicidal ideation, and previous hospitalizations. Our comprehensive model of DBT includes skills groups, individual DBT therapy, phone coaching, and weekly DBT case consultation, mindfulness practice, and self-study. Skills groups and coaching for parents are also provided. DBT therapists are encouraged to also provide some select services in the Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice.

More about our Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice: The specialists on this team provide treatment and assessment to girls ages 3 – 17. Specialists work with a variety of issues including emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, attention and executive functioning, social skills, selective mutism, health concerns, grief, and adjustment to challenging life situations. Parent counseling and perinatal/postpartum clinical services are also provided. Modalities and approaches to treatment include individual, family, and group therapy. Our specialists work from a variety of theoretical orientations, including CBT, DBT informed, mindfulness-based, developmental, and cultural-relational approaches.

Full Time: This is a full time position, with the first 3 – 6 months dedicated to building a full time case load. Clinical hours are generally mid/late morning into the evening hours; some weekend hours are also an option.

Diversity: The Institute for Girls’ Development embraces diversity in our staff and in the clients we serve.

Hiring Procedures:
Positions are immediately available but start dates are negotiable.
Compensation: Base salary plus percentage-based bonus.

Please check out our website to learn more about our organization:

To apply:

  1. Provide a cover letter, explaining your interest in this position. Include your curriculum vitae and 3 references.
  2. Email to Dr. Melissa Johnson, CEO at
  3. In the subject line, specify your interest — Licensed Therapist – DBT Practice

The Institute for Girls’ Development promotes excellence in psychotherapeutic and assessment services as well as community programs for girls and their families. Our asset-based model of comprehensive services is based on current research on girls’ and women’s development and effective psychotherapeutic interventions. We are well-respected in the community. Our specialists take pride in providing high quality treatment and assessment in a collaborative team practice. We are active in the community – collaborating with schools and youth organizations to empower connection, growth, and mindfulness.