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OrganizationThe Women's Initiative (TWI)
TypePart Time
Application DeadlineMay 7, 2024
College Degree Required?Yes
Salary Range$45-$50 per hour


The Women’s Initiative values team resilience, morale, and performance, and credits our success to the individual efforts of our dedicated staff to execute our organizational goals. The Contract Mental Health Therapist position is responsible for providing individual counseling and support to counseling participants across TWI locations and receiving direct referrals.

Job Duties

Essential Functions

Provide individual psychotherapy (with possibility for group psychotherapy)

Maintain current documentation in EMR/client charts in compliance with HIPAA standards and agency policy.

Provide effective referrals to other community agencies and appropriate follow-up to support a continuum of care for clients.

Engage in continuing education to remain up-to-date on best practices and licensure.

Attend weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly supervision with clinical supervisor depending on number of hours of work and experience.

Attend weekly clinical team meetings, in-house consultation, and training depending on number of hours of work and experience.

Adhere to the code of ethics and HIPAA requirements.

On a case-by-case basis, therapist may be asked to do additional administrative tasks, such as write a letter for an immigration case. The supervisor will approve administrative hours that can be billed at $30 per hour rate.

Additional Responsibilities

This is a contract position that will require the therapist to submit an invoice to The Women’s Initiative monthly. Therapist is responsible for their own taxes and financial obligations.

Skills Required


Experience offering individual and group psychotherapy

Knowledgeable and passionate about integration of mind-body approaches in psychotherapy

Team oriented with a strength-based approach to services

Basic computer skills including Microsoft office, and Telehealth platforms (Zoom)

Understanding of trauma-informed care approaches and integration of Resilience skills

Skills and Abilities


Master’s Degree required.

Post-graduate counseling experience preferred, but not required.

Time management, facilitation, and organizational skills


1-3 years of experience (can included practicum and/or graduate internship)

Work Schedule

Contract, up to 5 hours per week. Hours TBD.

Additional Info

The Women’s Initiative provides vital mental health services to women and members of the gender-expansive community free of charge. Our services are based on the Resilience Model of Care, which is a holistic, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive approach to mental health. We deliver compassionate high-quality counseling, social support, and education programs that serve more than 2,500 people in Charlottesville and surrounding areas annually. We partner with a variety of area-based nonprofit organizations such as the Shelter for Help in Emergency, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, the Free Clinic, the International Rescue Committee, and many others to provide collaborative care and services.

What We Do

The Women’s Initiative provides free trauma-informed, culturally responsive counseling services and resilience programs that meet the unique needs of women, and Black, BIPOC, Latiné, and LGBTQ+ communities. We develop partnerships with organizations to increase access to mental health services for all people in our community with barriers to care.


The mission of The Women’s Initiative is to provide women with effective counseling, social support, and education so they can transform challenges into positive change and growth.


All people in our community will have access to innovative, effective, evidence-based mental health care.


We believe everyone has a capacity for healing. We are committed to identifying and supporting each person’s needs and strengths and providing compassionate care that maintains the highest standards of excellence in an environment that is welcoming, safe, and supportive.
Cultural Humility Statement

Cultural humility works to address the assumptions and biases that lead to health disparities and inequity. The Women’s Initiative defines cultural humility as an ongoing process of critical self-reflection, recognizing and mitigating power imbalances, and holding ourselves accountable at the institutional level. It is an integral component of our mission, vital to fostering resilience and building authentic and healing relationships with clients, community members, and our colleagues. Our staff members participate in learning opportunities to deepen our awareness of ways we can contribute to a more just workplace and community.

Outreach and Events

All staff are required to attend certain events including community outreach, fundraising, professional development, retreats, and other activities as needed.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary that will be offered for this position will be based on the candidate’s number of years of experience with similar responsibilities, related education and certifications, and highly beneficial skills and talents relevant to the role.

[Varies by position: This is a full-time non-exempt position. A prorated benefits package is offered including health insurance, paid time off, self-care time, and professional development funds.]

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Women’s Initiative is committed to providing a non-discriminatory and inclusive environment for its employees. We actively promote diversity and consider all applicants for all positions without regard to color, ethnic background, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and disability status. The Women’s Initiative is a trauma-informed and culturally responsive organization that promotes a healthy work-life balance for all staff.

For more information about The Women’s Initiative, please visit

To Apply

Send resume and cover letter to:

Lisa Gaudet, Office Manager

Please write: Contract Mental Health Therapist Application in the email subject line