Join our DBT Team!

We are excited to be expanding our DBT team! The Institute for Girls’ Development, located in Pasadena, California, is hiring a licensed therapist 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 an adapted DBT program for latency age girls and their parents. The specialists on this team also provide treatment for non-binary and transgender youth. Pre-licensed candidates with experience on a DBT team are welcome to apply!

Responsibilities would include:

  • Carrying a caseload of comprehensive, individual DBT clients (including phone coaching).
  • Leading weekly DBT skills groups.
  • Participating in weekly DBT Team Consultation meeting.
  • Attending DBT trainings: support is provided for ongoing advanced training and work with our team consultant, Dr. Charlie Swenson.
  • Supervising opportunity: Licensed DBT therapists have the possibility of supervising pre-licensed therapists.
  • Treating a select number of clients in our Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications (Please address your qualifications in your cover letter):

  • Licensed Therapist: LMFT, LPCC, LCSW, Psychologist or License eligible.
  • A background of working with children, adolescents, families, and groups.
  • A passion for working with girls, young women, gender-expansive youth, and their families.
  • Previous experience participating on a DBT team, providing individual DBT therapy and leading DBT skills groups.
  • Completion of Foundational Training is preferred; however, we will consider candidates who have completed other DBT trainings, including Advanced Trainings.
  • Experience/training with behavioral interventions/approaches with children, teens, and parents.
  • Use of outcome measures to assess treatment progress.
  • Interest in innovative program development and evaluation.
  • Motivation to work with our team to build our program and practice.
  • Interest in ongoing advanced DBT training, including moving toward DBT Certification in the future.
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook) is required.
  • Knowledge of current research and theory on girls’ and gender development is desirable.

More about our Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Specialty Practice:

The specialists on this team provide treatment to girls, teens, young women (elementary school through young adulthood), and transgender and non-binary youth. 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 DBT team provides skills groups, individual DBT therapy, phone coaching, and participates in weekly DBT case consultation, mindfulness practice, and self-study. Skills groups and coaching for parents are also provided. DBT therapists 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, 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.

Work Schedule:

This is a full-time exempt position at 40 hours per week. The first 3 months are dedicated to building a full-time caseload (approximately 20-25 clinical hours weekly). Clinical hours are generally mid/late morning into the evening hours; some weekend hours are also an option.


The Institute for Girls’ Development embraces diversity in our staff and in the clients we serve. Bilingual/bi-cultural applicants are encouraged to apply.

Hiring Procedures:

Positions are available now. Start dates are negotiable.


Base salary plus percentage-based bonus; 2 weeks paid vacation; paid holidays and sick pay; group health, dental, and vision insurance plan; 401k plan; annual educational and professional memberships stipends.

To apply:

  1. Provide a cover letter, explaining your interest in this position. Please include any additional specializations, i.e. neurodiversity, eating disorders, substance abuse, etc. Also, be sure to describe your experience in delivering DBT treatment, participating on a DBT team, DBT trainings you’ve attended, you experience with behavioral and mindfulness-based applications, and your experience with program and outcome data collection.
  2. Provide your curriculum vitae and 3 references.
  3. Email to Dr. Melissa Johnson, CEO at
  4. In the subject line, please note your last name and specify your interest, i.e. Perez 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. Our specialists take pride in providing high-quality treatment and assessment in a collaborative team practice. We are well-respected and active in the community – collaborating with schools and youth organizations to empower connection, growth, and mindfulness.

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