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Contractor and Clinical Practicum Opportunities

Are you looking to possibly become a contractor? Many practices offer individual clinicians room rentals and access to administrative support for a fee. At the Birch House we do things differently. We provide therapists and students with optimal support, not just for administrative tasks. I (Erika) remember the days (and nights) of emailing clients, sending invoices, finishing notes, and trying to balance my family life with inquiries that seemed to arrive 24 hours a day. At the Birch House, we want to take this stress away. 

We take care of, not just the administrative strains of practice like ensuring you receive appropriate referrals for your caseload, scheduling sessions into your calendar, billing and invoicing clients, taking payment and managing insurance, but also organic and online marketing for your services, learning opportunities from experts in the field, peer consultation, and supervision for additional areas of competency you’d like to explore. We feature your profile on our website along with a professional photo and bio for potential clients to find you. We also support you in developing your Psychology Today profile and growing your caseload.  At the Birch House, we want you to grow into the clinician you feel called to be.

One of the primary tenets at the Birch House is how we exist in an interrelated system as a cohesive group of clinicians. We work shoulder to shoulder supporting our clients through the light and the dark. We prioritize not just talking the talk, but also walking the walk, as we support our clients. Operating from a place of authenticity and integrity is necessary to provide the best services to those in our community. 

When I was in solo practice working long hours, one question that popped up over and over for me as a clinician was: How can we be expected to support others when we as clinicians struggle to find , connect, and have time for self-resourcing? I struggled with this in my early- and mid-practice and I felt drained, overwhelmed, and just behind. I (Erika) didn’t want to be in a practice where therapists felt stuck in that place; it can feel like a tremendously trapped place to be. So, at this clinic, we also prioritize ensuring you have 25 minutes between clients to finish notes, grab a snack, breathe, connect with others, and ground yourself. Creating a practice you can sustain is vital to not just your work as a clinician, but in how you feel as a human being and in relationship with others in your life, as a whole. Again, let’s walk the walk the best way we can!

Every small interaction of safety and connection provides the foundation of support. This includes the ways we discuss and review consent with clients to ensure they truly understand what they are agreeing to and answer any questions they have. It flows into the processes of therapy and how we support healing and growth and even extends into we conclude counselling, with gentleness and sincerity. In supporting our clients, providing the best support begins well before a therapist begins counselling or an assessment process!  Safety and connection begin with how we answer the phone, handle billing and scheduling, and how we make those first connections with our clients. 

Are you looking for a counselling placement opportunity? Practicum students and interns are provided with quality supervision they need to become competent clinicians in the field. We are an approved placement site for students of Yorkville University’s Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) degree. This doesn’t just include clinical skills, but also includes the ways we can be authentically present with clients and have a warm integrity while sustaining healthy boundaries in a therapeutic relationship. 

How to apply: 

  • Send your cover letter and resume to admin@empsychology.com 
  • In your application, please provide:
    • Interest areas (i.e., populations, modalities) and any continuing education/training you’ve completed
    • Your anticipated start date, if you are pursuing a contractor role (September, January, or May)