Staff Psychotherapist

Our Philosophy

We are a community of diversely identified humans working together to enhance the emotional, psychological and spiritual well being of individuals, families, and communities, starting with ourselves.

Live Oak Theory of Change

At Live Oak, we believe that the practice of understanding ourselves is a critical component of the journey of supporting others in understanding themselves. We believe that in order to support our clients ethically, each staff member and trainee in our community must commit to an ongoing practice of investigating our socialization into the many identities and experiences that we are managing throughout our lives. This includes our identities and experiences related to gender, sexuality, familial roles, personal history, work roles, culture, race, ethnicity, religion, familial structure, spirituality, ability, body size, body experience, neurological experience, etc. We believe that we must both investigate our socialization into identities that hold privilege as well as those that are marginalized in the communities that we live within. The foundations of this practice are:

  • LGBTQIA++ Affirmative Practice
  • Intersectional Practice
  • Trauma Informed Practice
  • Self-First

If you are interested in what we believe, our values, and resources we’ve used to develop our framework, check out this link.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Couples/Family Therapy, Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, Music Therapy or Master’s degree in a related field and RYT or CYT credential.

Initial Clinical Licensure as an LSW, LPC, AMFT or licensed Clinical Psychologist within the state of Illinois.

One year of post-graduate clinical experience.

Demonstrated commitment to and experience in utilizing anti-racist and anti-oppressive frameworks within clinical practice – including extensive practice with self-interrogation regarding one’s own socialization..

Demonstrated experience and expertise in LGBTQ AFFIRMATIVE PRACTICE.

  • Strong candidates will have demonstrated experience in and ability to practice from a clinical lens that holds and affirms multiple, intersecting identities, especially at the intersections of sexuality, gender, race, culture, class, and relational diversity (polyamory and non-monogamy).
  • Strong candidates will have demonstrated experience in trans/GNC and non-binary affirmative practice.

Demonstrated expertise in at least two of the following clinical approaches and practice areas:

    • Strong candidates will have demonstrated experience in and ability to articulate their personal approach to trauma-informed clinical practice.
    • Strong candidates will have demonstrated expertise in a specific trauma-informed approach and/or trauma-treatment including, but not limited to: EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, Sex Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), etc.
    • Strong candidates will have demonstrated experience in a specific creative/expressive approach including, but not limited to: Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, etc.
    • Strong candidates will have demonstrated experience in employing a systemic and anti-oppressive approach to clinical practice with specific attention to race, power, and privilege within the therapeutic dynamic/relationship.
    • Strong candidates will have demonstrated experience in and ability to practice from a clinical lens that incorporates a systemic understanding of any given client’s presenting concerns, intersections of identity, and relational dynamics between the therapist and client(s) given the therapists intersecting identities, etc.

Strong oral and written communication skills.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Proficiency in more than one language (including English)
  • Group experience
  • Prior experience supervising and/or mentoring clinicians or interns/trainees
  • Prior experience providing psychological testing
  • Experience conducting clinical workshops and trainings


  • To provide individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy (minimum of 23 contact hours weekly).
  • To provide sliding scale fee services to 25% of overall caseload at the following rates: 2 cases at a rate of $35, 2 cases at a rate of $50, and 2 cases at a rate of $75-$90.
  • To attend select training events provided by the directors or other contractual employees of Live Oak, P.C.
  • To attend all designated staff, community, supervisor, consultation, and supervision meetings.
  • To complete designated paperwork in a timely and accurate manner by Sunday night at 10pm on the week in which services were offered.
  • Participation in 10 monthly trainings within 12 months as a part of the Foundations First Friday series, beginning immediately following the start of the candidates tenure at Live Oak.

Developmental Opportunities

  • At Live Oak, all employees have the opportunity to engage in paid administrative projects and roles outside of assigned clinical responsibilities. These projects are co-identified by employees and Live Oak’s leadership team, and employees are provided individualized mentorship related to developing administrative skills in areas such as: policy and procedure development; project management; data collection, management, and evaluation; quality improvement; and program development.
  • All employees are provided opportunities for promotion throughout their tenure at Live Oak. Given the organization’s commitment to cultivate a culture that embodies our core values and clinical approach, the vast majority of supervisory and administrative roles are filled from within the clinical staff, and employees can be mentored into specific roles over the course of time in alignment with their individual strengths.


Live Oak Compensation Policy (updated 01/2024)

  • Compensation is commensurate with experience and expertise.
  • Employees are paid on a monthly payroll schedule.

2024 Full Time Clinical Compensation Model – Base Pay

Full Clinical Licensure Years of post-grad Experience Pre-grad Experience Years Post LCPC, LCSW, LMFT, Licensed Psychologist Percentage
Affiliate Psychotherapist without licensure 33%
Affiliate Psychotherapist with licensure and/or former LO trainee 35%
No 0-2 <5 yrs No 45%
No 0-2 5+ yrs No 47.5%
No 2+ (or former Live Oak trainee) <5 yrs No 47.5%
No 2+ (or former Live Oak trainee) 5+ yrs No 50%
Yes 2+ <5 yrs 0+ 50%
Yes 2+ 5+ yrs 0+ 52.5%
Yes 7+ Any 5+ 52.5%
Yes 12+ Any 10+ 55%
Yes 17+ Any 15+ 57.5%


Live Oak Benefits Outline (updated 01/2024)

  • When eligible, health insurance and 401K plan available with employer contribution
  • Health, dental, vision insurance – 60% of premiums paid by Live Oak
  • Collaboration and consultation with experienced mentors
  • Weekly individual supervision
  • A working environment that values diversity and the strength that comes from difference
  • Attendance at any Live Oak sponsored training event at no cost, space allowing
  • User friendly and comprehensive electronic health records system
  • Administrative support/Office manager support
  • Paid Time Off: Employees are encouraged to take vacation days throughout the year. Scheduling time off is done with the approval of each employee’s supervisor. Paid time off is dependent on years of service (see table below):

Compensation for Time Off For Non-Salaried Staff

  • Staff members who are paid hourly or who earn a percentage of the receipts that they collect for clinical work earn PTO and Sick Time according to the following scale.
Full Time PTO and Sick Hours
Months of Service Pay Per PTO Hour PTO Hours Available Sick Hours Available Total Time Off/Sick Pay
0-24 Months $20 40 Hours 40 Hours $1600
25-48 Months $25 40 Hours 40 Hours $2,000
49-72 Months $30 40 Hours 40 Hours $2,400
73-96 Months $35 40 Hours 40 Hours $2,800
97-120 months $40 40 Hours 40 Hours $3,200
121-144 months $45 40 Hours 40 Hours $3,600
145 and beyond $50 40 Hours 40 Hours $4,000

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume and written interview to Openings are available throughout the year and applications are considered as they are received.