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Associate Therapist (AMFT or APCC) specializing in HSPs

Website Therapy for Highly Sensitive People

Therapy for those with tender hearts and sensitive souls.

We are excited to find the perfect Associate Therapist to join our clinical team!

Therapy for Highly Sensitive People is a boutique private practice based in Petaluma, CA. We provide in-person services to individuals and couples in our local community and teletherapy services to clients throughout California. We are a values-based practice that prioritizes compassion, empathy, and unconditional positive regard in our work with clients and with each other. The mission of the practice is to help HSPs better understand their brain and nervous system so they can begin to embrace the gifts of their sensitivities and learn to love their tender souls.

Founded in 2021 by Christine Tomasello, LMFT, Therapy for Highly Sensitive People was created to provide high-quality, accessible therapy services to Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) throughout the state. We consider being highly sensitive as gift, not a flaw. And, we also know that being an HSP can make life’s ups and downs harder than they need to be. We offer therapy support for a variety of challenging life experiences, including grief & loss, anxiety, depression, major life changes, and relationship issues… all through the lens of being highly sensitive.

Therapy for Highly Sensitive People strives to be a safe and inclusive therapy space for all clients. We are a self-pay practice that offers full rate, “pay what you can” rates, and Open Path rates to clients in financial need to ensure our services are accessible to a variety of socioeconomic statuses.

What we are looking for

Therapy for Highly Sensitive People is hiring for a part-time Associate-level therapist (AMFT or APCC) to provide both in-person services and teletherapy for clients. Caseloads will develop at a slow and steady pace, with the expectation to build and maintain a minimum of 15 completed sessions per week over time. Since it will take time to grow to a full caseload, this position is suited for someone who is eager to learn about private practice, grow their experience, enhance their clinical skills, and deepen their knowledge while working in a full time role elsewhere or taking a slower pace toward licensure. This position is also ideal for an Associate therapist who wants to start building their caseload while collecting hours to prepare for their own private practice once licensed.

Our ideal candidate is passionate about working with HSPs and has an interest in working with HSP clients who are struggling with grief & loss, depression, anxiety, or major life changes, or in providing therapy for highly sensitive therapists.

Job Responsibilities

We are seeking an enthusiastic Associate-level therapist who has an interest in providing client-centered therapy to a variety of adult clients. At this time, the responsibilities of an Associate therapist at our practice include:

  • Provide high-quality virtual talk therapy services to clients, following legal and ethical guidelines and practice policies
  • Manage client scheduling for your own caseload
  • Complete all clinical documentation in a timely manner, including notes for each session and treatment plans, using practice templates in EHR
  • Maintain a minimum weekly caseload of 15 clients per week (this will grow over time) and an average retention rate of 70%
  • Develop DSM 5 diagnoses when needed for clients
    Consult with other professionals, such as psychiatrists, other clinicians, or other health care providers, when necessary
  • Communicate promptly with clients, consulting professionals, and practice leadership
  • Attend all required meetings, including individual supervision and occasional staff meetings
  • Contribute to a positive and supportive practice culture
  • Embrace and reflect practice values

What We Provide

Therapy for Highly Sensitive People is a small practice with a supportive and growth-oriented culture. At this time, we offer the following to our Associate Therapists, with the intention to expand our offerings as the practice grows:

  • Weekly individual supervision
  • Full-fee and sliding scale clients to build toward a full caseload
  • Marketing efforts on your behalf (including one paid profile of your choice + Google Ads)
  • Malpractice insurance
  • EHR account, Google drive account, + practice phone number
  • Intake and billing support, giving you limited administrative responsibilities
  • Training funds
  • Flexible schedule
  • Comfortable working environment (beautiful offices + your home)
  • Opportunities to learn business aspects of private practice
  • Potential to build a full caseload that can continue with you as you obtain licensure and embark on your own private practice, if interested
  • Sick leave + flexible time off policy


The following requirements must be met to be considered for this position:

  • Completed masters-level counseling program
  • Current Associate license in state of CA
  • Prior experience providing individual therapy services to adults and/or couples
  • Embrace an affirming and inclusive mindset while engaging in ongoing learning   about systemic and cultural inequities
  • Interest and desire to work a minimum of 15 hours per week
  • Strong + professional communication skills
  • Effective time management abilities (especially around managing time in clinical sessions)
  • Detail-oriented and ability to stay on top of client-related administrative tasks

Practice Philosophy for Clinical Supervision

Christine Tomasello, LMFT is the Founder of Therapy for Highly Sensitive People. She identifies as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) and uses an HSP framework to guide her therapy work, specializing in grief & loss, life transitions, and therapy for therapists. She combines an inclusive, trauma-informed approach with a strengths-based and psychodynamic lens in her clinical work, and integrates aspects of narrative therapy, attachment theory, CBT, ACT, SFBT, and DBT in her interventions. Therapy for Highly Sensitive People supports ongoing development for all therapists and encourages Associate Therapists to explore various modalities and theories as they develop their clinical skills to see what orientations work best for their clinical practice.

Christine currently provides all clinical supervision for Associate Therapists at Therapy for Highly Sensitive People. She practices from a humanistic, client-centered, and trauma-informed approach, and uses a blend of psychodynamic, narrative, and strengths-based orientations as both a clinician and supervisor. She believes that the therapeutic relationship is critical to positive client outcomes and will help new therapists develop clinical skills to excel in their areas of interest. Supervision will not only focus on interventions, but will also integrate an exploration of various theories to help Associates identify specific orientations to use as frameworks for case conceptualization.


The compensation for Associate Therapists at Therapy for Highly Sensitive People is 50% of the fee collected per completed session, with rates varying between $70-$125 per session depending on the client.

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