Full-Time Licensed Child/Adolescent Clinician

Who We Are

Family First Psychotherapy is passionate about improving the lives of children, teens, and their families. We specialize in treating young patients ages 0-18 and their families. We are a new, collaborative group of clinicians who value a positive, supportive, and creative workplace environment to complement the meaningful and challenging work we do.

Located in Oakland, Family First Psychotherapy provides Child-Parent psychotherapy, Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents, child play therapy, parenting consultation, couples therapy, and individual depth therapy for teens and adults. We are currently providing most services via telehealth (i.e., therapy by video conference or phone), but we also do home visits when appropriate. We will return to more consistent office work when it is deemed safe for all parties.

While we provide traditional treatments, we are also driven to innovate the practice of psychotherapy. We are a digital mental health company dedicated to using technology to enhance the therapeutic relationship and outcomes, not to replace it. If you are an innovative mental health professional looking to both serve families and contribute to the emerging digital mental health space, Family First Psychotherapy is the place for you!

Who We’re Looking for

We are seeking applications from motivated psychotherapists who will provide direct therapy to children and/or teens and meet regularly with parents for consultation sessions. The ideal clinician will bring his/her unique history, skills, and approach to the work and be committed to ongoing learning and improvement. 

The preferred candidate will have several opportunities for growth within the company and be open to further develop their skills in marketing (e.g., doing webinars for parents), writing (e.g., blogging), and using technology to benefit patients (e.g., creating an online course for couples or families).

Duties and Responsibilities

Weekly duties include:

  • Provide approximately 20-25 hours per week of direct therapy services via telehealth, in the office (when safe to do so), and/or in the patients’ home (e.g., in the backyard) in accordance with company policies. (Note:  Home visits happen on a case-by-case basis and make up only a fraction of weekly clinical hours, if that.)
  • Maintain all clinical documentation using SimplePractice (see below).
  • Attend and participate in a 2-hour clinical and administrative meeting.
  • Dedicate up to 10-15 hours per week to administrative, business development, and marketing tasks in addition to the patient hours. This could include networking with colleagues, writing a blog post, preparing content for a webinar, filming short videos for our target population, beta testing the forthcoming Family First web/mobile We application, and other similar activities.

Other duties:

  • Attend work reliably and arrive on time consistently. 
  • Be properly licensed and abide by all laws, rules, regulations, and codes of ethics that are binding upon or applicable to the services performed for Family First.
  • Respond to patients’ requests for service or calls within 24 hours whether such requests are made in person, by phone, voicemail, etc. or through the Family First website. Respond to such requests by meeting, evaluating, and providing services to such patients.
  • Communicate with a patient’s treatment team (i.e., pediatrician, PCP, psychiatrist, school, etc.) as necessary.
  • Use SimplePractice EHR to timely complete written records for each patient including, but not limited to: intake notes, progress notes, treatment plans, termination notes, and other forms or documents which may be needed or required from time-to-time by Family First or third parties in conjunction with the treatment of the patient within a timely fashion (by Friday of each week). 
  • Keep patient files accurate and up to date.
  • Charge and collect payments from patients for services provided consistent with the policy and rate for such services as established by Family First.
  • Conduct and organize therapy services in a professional manner so as to maintain and increase the goodwill and reputation of Family First. 
  • Be respectful and collaborative with co-workers.
  • Tend to other duties which may be assigned by Family First.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

  • Have a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling or clinical psychology.
  • Have an active, unrestricted license (MFT, LCSW, LPCC, PhD, or PsyD) in good standing with the appropriate governing body (BBC or BOP).
  • Have documented expertise and training doing therapy with children and/or teens (ages 0-18). We require a minimum of 2 years of direct services with this population. (This can include practicum and internship experience.)
  • Be available to hold at least 20 patient sessions per week, provided such sessions are available and referred/scheduled by Family First.
  • Maintain consistent self-care practices.
  • Be willing to work collaboratively with colleagues and contribute to a positive workplace culture.

Other Qualification Preferences

  • Have specialized training and/or certification in treatments with our patient population (e.g., sand tray therapy, play therapy, TF-CBT, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, etc.)
  • Have specialized training and/or certification in treatments adjacent to our patient population (e.g., couples therapy, EMDR for adults, etc.).
  • Have experience and training working with traumatized youth.
  • Have experience conducting therapy in a language other than English (e.g., Spanish, Mandarin, etc.).
  • Be able to administer, score, and write reports of neuropsychological and/or psychoeducational assessments for children and adolescents.
  • Have experience conducting therapy with adults.
  • Have an affinity for technology and conducting presentations / trainings.


  • Work hours and schedule may vary depending on patient and Family First needs.
  • Applicants must commit to at least two evenings of work per week (as defined by after school hours 3pm – 8pm) and one weekend shift (4-hr block either in morning or afternoon).
  • Therapists are not guaranteed a minimum number of patients or sessions per week. Every new clinician’s caseload will build incrementally in accordance with our growing referrals streams. Once a clinician is full, we require an average of at least 20 therapy sessions per week.


  • $80,000-$120,000 average per year, largely depending on caseload.

To Apply

  • Enter your contact information in the form provided below, including 3 professional references.
  • Upload your CV in the appropriate area below (PDF uploads only, please). 
  • Upload a cover letter in the appropriate area below (PDF uploads only, please). In your cover letter please address the four areas in the following order:
  1. Describe your experience providing therapy to children ages 0-18. Please discuss any particular interests or passion you have for child/teen/family work (two paragraphs maximum).
  2. List any specific specific training in therapy modalities that apply to children, teens, families, and/or couples (e.g., play therapy, parent coaching, EFT for couples, etc.; one paragraph maximum for each).
  3. Describe the characteristics of your preferred work environment/culture. Please be specific (one paragraph maximum).
  4. Add anything else you think might be important for us to know about you, personally or professionally, regarding your application for this job (one paragraph maximum).

Please note: We serve children and families from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. We endeavor to have a provider team that reflects our patient population, so we encourage people of color and LGBTQ+ professionals to apply.


  • Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.