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Clinical Job Opportunity

Affirming Therapy Center is interviewing for full-time clinicians!

Affirming Therapy Center in San Diego, CA is excited to hire our next California Licensed or Pre-Licensed Mental Health Professional!

Are you a psychotherapist with special interests and training in sex therapy, couples therapy, kink, and non-monogamy?

Affirming Therapy Center (ATC) is a growing group practice and is seeking mental health professionals to join the team. ATC specializes in serving communities of gender, sexuality, and relationship diversity (GSRD), including LGBTQ, kink, fetish, polyamory, swingers, other non-monogamy, and adult industry professionals. Above all, we are looking for therapists with a desire to serve – in a non-judgmental, open, and affirming way – sexual-minority communities and clients who have sexual health concerns.

We offer a great opportunity to experience private practice with help and support from a wonderful group of clinical and administrative professionals. Affirming Therapy Center supports and encourages a healthy work/life balance for our employees. We pride ourselves on our fun, supportive, and inclusive culture.

Our ideal candidate has specialized knowledge, training, and passion for working with kink/BDSM and polyamory/ethical non-monogamy, Couples Therapy (using Emotionally Focused Therapy), and Sex Therapy.

Employees will work toward building a caseload of 15-25 weekly sessions (15 per week is minimum requirement).


Clinicians are W-2 employees.
Compensation is provided for clinical time and administrative time worked.

Licensed position

  • $60 per Clinical Hour
  • $21 per Admin/Non-Clinical Hour

Associate position

  • $45 per Clinical Hour
  • $21 per Admin/Non-Clinical Hour

For each position, sessions are compensated with an additional $10 per couple/family session and $10 for each evening or weekend session.

Benefits of becoming an Affirming Therapy Center Therapist

  • Advantages of collaborating and working in a group of sex positive clinicians
  • Hybrid model of Telehealth and In-Person
    • Opportunity to work remotely from the comfort of your own home or office when clinically appropriate
    • Furnished office for one to two days per week (optional)
    • Office internet
  • Dedicated cell phone
  • Dedicated laptop
  • Access to Simple Practice (an EHR system)
  • Managed Psychology Today and other directory profiles
  • Paid Annual membership in AASECT and ICEEFT
  • Paid GSRD-related training (Annual training benefit stipend)
  • Paid networking program
  • Paid team consultation meetings
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid time off
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement benefits
  • Professional headshot
  • Monthly AASECT supervision (if appropriate)

Clinician’s profiles are included on our website and on various online directories. Some client referrals are expected but not guaranteed. Professional networking is required to help build your referral network.

Note: We do not hire clinicians who want to work simultaneously as a psychotherapist at another practice (whether it’s your own business, another group practice, or an agency). This is a full-time position, 5 days a week. We hope that our clinicians see this as a career opportunity, not just another job!  As such, we invest in our clinicians’ career goals, as we strive to offer 5-star service to our clients and to our employees.

Clients are private pay and out-of-network. Billing is handled primarily by ATC management.


  • Licensed or Pre-Licensed Mental Health Professional (LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, Psychologist, AMFT, ASW, or APCC) via California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Experience and additional training in Couple’s Therapy. Emotionally Focused Therapy externship is required. Core Skills Training is necessary for relationship therapy referrals.
  • Advanced training in Sex Therapy principles and interventions.
  • Specialized knowledge, training, and passion for working with kink/BDSM and polyamory/ethical non-monogamy.


  • Meet with adult individuals and relationships for outpatient psychotherapy in accordance with your training and areas of expertise.
  • Complete intake notes and progress notes, billing, and scheduling after each session.
  • Ensure proper charting is completed on the day service is rendered.
  • Attend weekly case consultation meetings (online).
  • Attend monthly in-person team meetings, and up to 2 in-person networking or training meetings per month.

This is a great position for someone who wants to experience working with clientele from GSRD communities. It is not a good fit for an entrepreneur looking to start their own private practice; if this is you, let us know and we’re happy to help you in other ways.

Affirming Therapy Center is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive, innovative environment with the best employees. We provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and a résumé or CV to Careers@AffirmingTherapyCenter.com.

If you meet all the qualifications listed above, please include answers to the following questions:

  • What most piqued your interest about this position and what do you hope to gain from it?
  • What does sex-positivity mean to you?
  • Do you have experience working with gender, sexuality, and relationship diversity? If so, please describe your work, including length of experience, primary modality, and what you find most fulfilling about working with these populations?
  • Are you involved in the community?  If so, please describe your involvement.
  • How comfortable are you with networking with other mental health professionals?
  • Please indicate your level of Emotionally Focused Therapy training (Externship? Core Skills? Additional workshops?).
  • Are you a kink-knowledgeable professional? If so, please explain additional education, readings, trainings, research, and professional experiences regarding these areas of expertise.
  • Are you a non-monogamy-knowledgeable professional? If so, please explain additional education, readings, trainings, research, and professional experiences regarding these areas of expertise.
  • Do you have a genuine interest in receiving additional training in:
    • Kink/BDSM?
    • Non-Monogamy?
    • EFT for couples therapy?
    • Sex Therapy?
  • Are you interested in becoming an AASECT CST?
  • What types of clients are you most comfortable with? Least comfortable with?
  • What are you most excited to contribute to Affirming Therapy Center by joining the team?
  • What are your plans in the next 2-5 years?
  • Do you hope to open your own private practice?
  • What are your available days and preferred days and times to work, both in-office and telehealth?
  • Are you available to attend in-person team meetings at our San Diego office (1-3 per month)?
  • Are you willing and available to provide 15-25 clinical sessions per week? What is your “sweet spot” number of clinical hours per week?