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Grief and Trauma Therapist Job Description

Position Overview:  Join our compassionate team at Creating Space Therapy as a Grief and Trauma Therapist, where you'll provide outpatient individual psychotherapy to our valued clients. Our therapeutic services specialize in supporting children, adolescents, and adults facing grief, loss, trauma, and the challenging complexities of chronic and acute medical illnesses, alongside the profound impact of depression and anxiety. 

We are currently seeking passionate therapists with EMDR training, who have honed their skills in these areas and possess a deep desire to further their clinical expertise. At Creating Space Therapy, we offer a nurturing environment that values flexibility and provides unwavering support for your professional growth.

As the ideal candidate, you will hold clinical licensure (LCSW/LCPC) , EMDR training, and bring at least 2+ years of experience in delivering individual psychotherapy. Your commitment to making a genuine difference in the lives of those we serve will align seamlessly with our compassionate ethos.

Join us in creating a therapeutic space that fosters healing, growth, and transformation for our clients, as well as for yourself. We eagerly anticipate your application to embark on this journey together.

About Creating Space Therapy: At Creating Space Therapy, we relentlessly strive to cultivate an unparalleled atmosphere that nourishes the well-being of our valued clients and empowers our exceptional team. At Creating Space Therapy, our heartfelt mission is to foster a nurturing environment where compassion and support intertwine, creating a caring space that envelops all who seek solace. Our vision is to help our clients and employees transform their lives in ways that allow them to feel whole and worthy. We are a caring, thoughtful, and collaborative team who values commitment to the work, vulnerability, and life-long learning. As an employer, we value supporting women and mom clinicians in building and growing their professional expertise and providing a work environment that gives them time freedom, flexibility, and support.

Our Values: At Creating Space Therapy, our team embodies a set of core values that define our identity and shape the support we provide to our clients. We seek individuals who embrace these values, bringing them to life in their work with us:


Commitment to the work: We value detail-oriented and conscientious professionals who demonstrate a deep dedication to their craft. Your passion for the work will ensure that our clients receive the highest level of care and attention.


Vulnerability: We believe in the power of vulnerability, fostering an environment where asking for help, collaboration, and humility are embraced. By creating a safe space for openness and authenticity, we cultivate meaningful connections and promote healing.

Life-long Learning: We are committed to the growth and development of our clinicians. To support this, we offer a $500 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) stipend focused on evidence-based practices. This ensures that our clients can rest assured knowing their therapist is continuously expanding their skills and staying up to date with the latest therapeutic approaches.


Time Freedom: At Creating Space Therapy, we understand the importance of work-life balance. We empower our staff to set their own schedules, providing the freedom to manage their time effectively and prioritize self-care.


Flexibility: We embrace the benefits of both in-person and telehealth therapy. Our hybrid model allows for a flexible approach, accommodating the preferences of our clients and providing convenience without compromising the quality of care.


Support: We prioritize the well-being and professional growth of our team members. To facilitate this, we offer paid clinical supervision, ensuring ongoing support and guidance. Additionally, our open-door policy encourages open communication and fosters a supportive atmosphere where we provide each other with direct and constructive feedback.


Join us at Creating Space Therapy, where these values are the foundation of our practice and create an environment of growth, support, and exceptional care for our clients and our team.


Reports to: Kelly Huggins/Owner & Clinical Director. With an extensive background of over a dozen years in management and leadership within the non-profit sector, Kelly brings a wealth of experience to her role as the founder of her own private practice. She is deeply committed to nurturing her staff, recognizing and cultivating their unique talents, and honoring their inherent dignity and worth.

Kelly firmly believes in the power of developing her team members to their fullest potential. By providing guidance, support, and opportunities for growth, she empowers them to excel both personally and professionally. Her leadership style is marked by the establishment of healthy boundaries, promoting self-care, and ensuring a sustainable work-life balance for all.

Furthermore, Kelly is a strong advocate for direct communication. She encourages open and honest dialogue among her team members, fostering an environment where everyone's voices are heard, respected, and valued. By modeling this approach, she cultivates a culture of transparency, trust, and collaboration.

Under Kelly's guidance, you can expect to thrive in an environment that recognizes and celebrates your unique strengths, while also fostering personal and professional development. Join us at Creating Space Therapy where you will be inspired by Kelly's leadership and contribute to a team that values healthy boundaries, direct communication, and the collective growth of all its members.


  • Perform on-site clinical counseling services to clients of Creating Space Therapy, as scheduled, and in accordance with company policies.

  • Regular and reliable attendance and timely arrival to work are required.

  • Be properly licensed and abide by all laws, rules, regulations, and codes of ethics that are binding upon or applicable to the services performed for Creating Space Therapy.

  • Respond to clients’ requests for service or calls within 24 hours whether such requests are made in person, by phone, voicemail, etc., or through the Creating Space Therapy website.  Respond to such requests by meeting, evaluating, and providing services to such clients.

  • Communicate with a client’s treatment team (i.e., PCP, psychiatrist, etc.) as necessary.

  • Timely complete written records for each client including, but not limited to intake notes, progress notes, treatment plans, termination notes, contact notes, and other forms or documents which may be needed or required from time to time by Creating Space Therapy or third parties in conjunction with the treatment of the client within a timely fashion (by Friday of each week).  Keep client files accurate and up to date.

  • Charge and collect payments from clients for services provided consistent with the policy and rate for such services as established by Creating Space Therapy.

  • Attend mandatory staff meetings and training as directed by Creating Space Therapy.

  • Conduct and regulate counseling services in a professional manner so as to maintain and increase the goodwill and reputation of Creating Space Therapy.  Be respectful of and cooperative and collaborative with co-workers.

  • Passion for working with others (being collaborative) and helping our team members grow and learn.

  • Other duties as may be assigned.


Qualifications and Skills:

  • Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree in counseling or social work; and

  • Active, provisional license (LSW or LPC) in the State of Illinois is required. A copy must be provided to Creating Space Therapy.

  • EMDR Trained required, EMDR Certified perferred.

  • Available to hold at least 24 client sessions per week, provided such sessions are available.

  • Experience providing grief or trauma-focused counseling.

  • Align with Creating Space Therapy mission, vision, and values.

  • Have strong written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.

  • Training in a trauma-informed treatment modality is highly preferred.

  • Must be punctual in reporting to work.

  • Be organized and detail-oriented.

  • Be able to work independently on tasks assigned.


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

  • Someone just looking for a job to clock in and out of.

  • Someone who doesn’t feel passion for our mission, vision, and values.

  • Someone who’s not a team player or prefers not to work collaboratively.

  • Someone who wants to own their own business in the near future. If that’s you, awesome! But we’re not the place for you. We dedicate a lot of time to our teams and provide the flexibility, support, and space to allow each member of our team to get creative in their role. The ideal person is invested in time and energy in Creating Space Therapy.


Pay & Benefits:

  • Pay rate range of $42-$60 per session depending on licensure and experience

  • PTO: 1 hr earned for every 40 hours worked.

  • $500 annual CEU stipend

  • $200 monthly health care expense reimbursement

  • Paid for no-shows and late cancellations

  • Paid orientation

  • Paid clinical supervision

  • Additional opportunities for pay including blogging and community presentations

To apply: Send a cover letter and resume to

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