Mental Health Therapist
The Gaia Center for Embodied Healing
Nashville, TN US
Posted ago
The Gaia Center for Embodied Healing

We are currently looking for a masters or doctoral-level therapist who has in-depth training and experience with at least one somatic treatment modality (i.e. EMDR, Brainspotting, SE, SP, etc.), and/or specializes in body-related clinical issues (bonus if you have strong experience working with chronic pain or physical illness).

The therapist will provide individual and group psychotherapy to clients of The Gaia Center for Embodied Healing outpatient private practice. While this clinician is only required to do individual and group therapy with adults, they may also elect to work with adolescents, couples, and families. The majority of services will be provided on-site in our office; telehealth from home for a portion of sessions will be an option as well for a portion of your caseload, as long as you have an appropriate and private home set-up

We are seeking candidates who are anti-racist, social justice-minded and are excited by the idea of being a part of a small team. Full licensure is not required if the candidate has strong experience and specialized training aligned with the above criteria.

We are in the process of moving into a larger space in early August, so this position could begin as early as mid-August.

Why work at The Gaia Center:

  • Private practice offers a level of flexibility, creativity, work-life balance, and pay that is hard to match in most agency and treatment settings
  • We are highly committed to maintaining a beautiful, cozy space for both clients and staff, and a team that our staff is proud to be a part of
  • Our location is conveniently located, with easy, accessible parking for both clients and staff
  • We offer benefits including a stipend for health insurance, earned paid sick leave, in-house trainings and team events, an annual educational stipend, incentives for hitting certain goals, and random gifts of appreciation!
  • Our pay is competitive with other group practices (and higher compared to many)
  • We love creative clinicians who think outside the CBT box while maintaining an appreciation for both scientific research and the data of what works for our clients

This position is NOT right for you if you’re:

  • Needing to have a full-time income immediately upon starting; as we are a private pay practice, it can take a bit of time to build a full caseload, though we are committed to proactively supporting you with this
  • Wanting full control over your schedule, and/or are unable to commit to working at least 2 evenings a week (or one evening and 3+ hours on the weekend)
  • Not open to running at least one group
  • Seeking a position with a company that is larger and can provide more comprehensive benefits like paid vacation and retirement matching
  • Looking for a job that requires minimal effort or thought when not “on the clock”
  • Not aligned with or passionate about The Gaia Center’s mission, vision and values
  • Someone who prefers to work solo with little input or collaboration
  • Not open and willing to share, and need your own dedicated office space 
  • Only interested in working with very specific issues or clients
  • Wanting to start your own practice in the near future (within the next 2 years). If that’s you, awesome! But we’re not the place for you. We are building our team very consciously and intentionally in order to provide the flexibility, autonomy and space to allow each member of our team to get creative in their role. The ideal person is excited about investing their time and energy in The Gaia Center, not just looking for any decent place to do therapy. 

This position is perfect for you if you’re:

  • Aligned with The Gaia Center’s mission, vision, and values
  • Experienced in clinical issues related to the body and/or body-oriented treatment modalities
  • Passionate about helping others both 1on1 and through contributing to the community
  • Love doing therapy but don’t want to manage all the aspects of running a business (in general, or at least for this season of your career)
  • Able to allow some time to ramp up to a full caseload (pay is primarily based on the amount of sessions you complete)
  • This might mean that you have another job you are preparing to leave and can plan your sessions around that schedule in the meantime, or may have another part-time job temporarily until your caseload is full
  • Excited to be part of a work “family” in a practice that plans to stay relatively small
  • Social justice-oriented and committed to ongoing anti-racism work
  • Creative, proactive, organized and eager to continue learning and developing as a clinician
  • Able to receive direct and constructive feedback and run with it


  • Deliver psychotherapy/counseling services to patients of The Gaia Center, as scheduled, and in accordance with company policies 
  • Respond to clients’ inquiries for service or calls within 24 business hours, whether such requests are made in person, by phone/text, voicemail, email, etc.
  • Respond to such requests by meeting, evaluating, and providing services to such clients 
  • Communicate consistently with a client’s treatment team (i.e., PCP, psychiatrist, dietitian, etc.) as necessary
  • Use our electronic health record (SimplePractice) for all scheduling, notes, intake forms, and payments; training will be provided
  • Timely completion of client documentation/records
  • Attend staff meetings and training as directed by your supervisor
  • Participate in some administrative and marketing activities (up to 5 hours/week) as assigned by The Gaia Center


  • Master’s or Doctoral Degree in social work, counseling, marriage & family therapy, or clinical psychology
  • Either fully licensed or on the path to licensure; if pre-licensed, the candidate will need to provide (and continue to maintain) organized records of their status toward licensure; some or all clinical supervision may be provided by The Gaia Center, depending on the candidate’s circumstances
  • Align with The Gaia Center’s mission, vision, and values, and can describe or demonstrate specific examples
  • We promote hiring clinicians of varying backgrounds, beliefs, and specialties to better serve the diverse and unique experience of our clients. It’s also important that our office promotes a foundation of diversity, equity, and inclusivity in its culture and practice, so we strongly encourage candidates with diverse life experiences and backgrounds to apply.
  • Available to hold a minimum of 22 client sessions (20+ individual and at least 1 group, as discussed with supervisor) per week, provided such sessions are available and referred/scheduled by The Gaia Center
  • Be a team player, including willingness to share space and be conscientious about keeping spaces tidy (we do not have dedicated offices for each clinician)
  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills

$48,000 - $68,000 yearly
About The Gaia Center for Embodied Healing

The Gaia Center for Embodied Healing is an outpatient psychotherapy practice in Nashville, Tennessee. We offer individual, group, and couples counseling both in-person in our Nashville office, and virtually with clients throughout Tennessee.

Our mission is to support our clients in their growth and healing to expand the ripple effect from individual to collective liberation. We strive to create a culture and place where our employees look forward to coming to work, and a team that shares a desire to give back to our community.

The word “Gaia” (pronounced “guy”-ah) means “earth,” and in Greek mythology, it is the name of the earth Goddess— the ancestral mother of all life. We view mental health issues through a systemic lens: just as an individual’s mental health can’t be separated from the influence of their family of origin, it can’t be separated from the culture they are living in, including identity-based oppression and environmental devastation.

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