Staff Psychotherapist

Our Philosophy

We are a community of helping professionals working together to enhance the emotional, psychological and spiritual well being of individuals, families, organizations and communities. We believe the roots of a healthy life are integrity, authenticity, wholeness, and connection. Our longevity and success derive from the inspirational courage of our clients, our deep commitment to learning, and a strength-based philosophy that fosters growth, strengthens identity, and promotes change.

Our Values

One of the core values of Live Oak, and one upon which we were founded, is our belief in the value of difference. Consistent with this belief, we encourage the application of people of all colors, people of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds, people of all gender identities and expressions, people of all sexual/romantic attraction, people of any relational configuration, people of all abilities, people of all ages, people of all bodies, people of all military and non-military backgrounds, and people who hold and value multiple, complex, and intersecting identities.

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.

Full Clinical Licensure as an LCSW, LCPC, LMFT or Licensed Clinical Psychologist within the state of Illinois. If the candidate is license eligible but not yet licensed, full clinical licensure should be obtained within 6-months of hire. If full clinical licensure is held in a different state, full clinical licensure in Illinois should be obtained within 6-months of hire.

Three years post-graduate clinical experience. Please note: Live Oak is committed to reducing barriers to employment by considering applicable “post-graduate clinical experience” as any volunteer and/or paid work experience, both full-time and part-time in nature. Live Oak’s hiring team will also consider significant life experience prior to one’s graduate program as applicable to this requirement. For candidates for whom this applies, please include any explanation of volunteer vs. paid work experience as well as significant life experience within your cover letter.

Demonstrated commitment to and experience in utilizing anti-racist and anti-oppressive frameworks within clinical practice.

  • Strong candidates will be able to articulate an understanding of anti-racist and anti-oppressive approaches to clinical work. Additionally, strong candidates will have prior experience engaging in anti-racist and anti-oppressive frameworks as applied to organizational culture (e.g., peer-to-peer relationships, within supervisory relationships, etc.).

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 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, relational dynamics between the therapist and client(s), etc.

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Desirable Qualifications

  • Proficiency in more than one language (including English)
  • Advanced 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 22-24 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 conduct workshops on selected topics relevant to and consistent with the practice philosophy of Live Oak, Inc.
  • To attend select training events provided by the directors or other contractual employees of Live Oak, Inc.
  • To attend all designated staff, community, supervisor, consultation, and supervision meetings.
  • To complete designated paperwork in a timely and accurate manner, as identified by the Clinical Director
  • Participation in 12 consecutive monthly trainings as a part of the Foundations First Friday series, beginning July 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, all 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.


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

Live Oak base pay chart


  • When eligible, health insurance and 401K plan available with employer contribution
  • 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):

Live Oak PTO chart

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to our Recruitment and Hiring Manager, Sakina Levin at Openings are available throughout the year and applications are considered as they are received.