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.
  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: