Licensed Therapist: Comprehensive DBT Practice

Join our DBT Team!

About the Institute: The Institute for Girls’ Development promotes excellence in psychotherapeutic and assessment services as well as community programs for girls, young women, gender-expansive youth, and their families. Our asset-based model of comprehensive, culturally-responsive services is based on current research on gender, culture, and effective psychotherapeutic interventions. We are well- respected in the community as a collaborative team private practice. We are active in the larger San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles communities of Southern California – collaborating with schools and youth organizations to empower connection, inclusion, growth, and mindfulness.

Components of the Institute’s DBT Program: We have a comprehensive program for teens and young adults, including non-binary and transgender youth. This includes: individual DBT therapy, DBT skills groups, phone coaching, parent coaching, and team consultation. We also offer DBT-Informed treatment for pre-teens, teens and young adults. Our DBT-informed program for latency age girls and their parents is called WaveRiders™. The clients served in our DBT practice often have a history of self-harm, emotional regulation challenges, suicidal ideation, and previous hospitalizations.   Depending on the level of experience, clinicians joining the DBT team may initially provide DBT-informed therapy and/or work with clients in our Comprehensive Program.

4 Essential Criterion for Successful Candidates: All Candidates are asked to speak to their interest and experience in our 4 essential criterion: Diversity, Clinical, Educational, and Organizational. Candidates should briefly address these 4 components in their cover letters.  Click here for further information.

Responsibilities would include:

  • Carrying a caseload of individual clients and groups (20-25 clinical hours per week). In addition to working with clients in our DBT programs, clinicians will also work with some of our CASP clients and can use a DBT-informed approach with these clients or other appropriate approaches.
  • Leading weekly therapy groups for children, teens, or young adults with a range of goals
  • Supervising opportunity: Licensed DBT therapists have the possibility of supervising pre-licensed therapists.
  • Engaging in consultation with the DBT team and the Institute leadership
  • Participating in weekly DBT Consultation Team meetings and team-wide Case Consult meeting
  • Attending DBT trainings: support is provided for ongoing introductory and advanced training.
  • Participating in monthly consultation with our team consultant, Dr. Charlie Swenson.
  • Attending Institute Professional Trainings; an educational stipend is provided for additional trainings related to area of interest.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.


  • Licensed Therapist: LMFT, LPCC, LCSW, Psychologist
  • A background in working with children, adolescents, families, and groups.
  • Demonstrated competency and interest in the 4 Essential Criteria for this position: Diversity, Clinical, Educational, and Organizational
  • Ability to work with clients in-person and via telehealth
  • Successful candidates interested in the DBT Subspecialty should have experience working with high-risk youth and young adults and previous experience participating on a DBT team, providing individual DBT therapy and leading DBT skills groups.
  • Demonstrated use of behavioral approaches.
  • Demonstrated use of mindfulness approaches.
  • 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, Outlook) is required for all candidates.

More about our Child and Adolescent Specialty Practice (CASP):

The specialists on this team provide treatment and assessment to clients ages 3 – 17. Specialists work with a variety of issues including emotional regulation, anxiety, depression, attention and executive functioning, social skills, cultural identity development, 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, ACT and other 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; weekend hours are also an option.

Diversity: The Institute for Girls’ Development embraces diversity in our staff and in the clients we serve. Please review our 4 Essential Criteria for this position and learn about our Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. Bilingual/bi-cultural applicants are encouraged to apply.

Hiring Procedures: Positions are available now. Start dates are negotiable.

Base salary plus percentage-based bonus; 10 days paid vacation; paid holidays and sick pay; group health, dental, and vision insurance plans; 401k plan; annual educational and professional memberships stipends.


  1. Provide a cover letter, explaining your interest in this training position. Be sure to address the 4 Essential Criteria for this position.
  2. Include your curriculum vitae.
  3. Include 3 references (Supervisors and/or faculty).
  4. Email to Dr. Melissa Johnson, CEO at
  5. In the subject line, note your last name and specify your primary interest (Example: Perez: Licensed DBT)

Application Due Date: Open until position is filled.

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