Seeking Autistic Counsellor for ND-affirming Counselling

Are you an experienced registered counsellor with autistic lived experience? Cherish Clinic is seeking a passionate therapist with hyperfocus in autistic lived-experience to join the team and offer unique perspective, understanding, and ND-affirming unconditional acceptance to our neurodivergent clients and their families. 

 About us
Cherish Clinic is dedicated to providing neurodivergent-affirmative therapy for children, families, and adults in British Columbia. The clinic emphasizes personalized care, advocacy, and support, offering a unique journey tailored to each individual’s needs and circumstances. With a focus on empowering clients to navigate their journey in their own way, Cherish Clinic offers a range of services including counselling, speech/language pathology, occupational therapy services, and more, all through a neurodivergent affirmative lens​

Job Description:

We are seeking a counsellor with personal autistic lived experience to provide therapy to neurodivergent children and support their families. Your firsthand understanding will be invaluable in creating an empathetic and affirming therapeutic environment. Additionally, while not a primary focus, the ability to conduct parent consultations is a plus, helping families better understand and support their children’s unique needs.

The role involves working closely with neurodivergent clients employing a range of therapeutic techniques to support their mental health and well-being. The candidate should possess a deep understanding of the challenges faced by the neurodivergent population and be committed to providing affirming, respectful, and personalized care.

Ethical Requirements:

Cherish Clinic holds its team members to high ethical standards, emphasizing continuous learning about systemic injustice, confronting internal biases, and nurturing neurodiversity awareness. We expect our therapists to embody these values both professionally and personally. Our commitment to LGBTQ+ affirmation and culturally appropriate language underscores our dedication to inclusivity. Using correct and culturally appropriate terminology around neurodiversity is mandatory.

We are a space and culture that is explicitly neurodivergent, aiming to maintain a staff roster where neurodivergence is the majority. Currently, all service providers at the clinic are neurodivergent, disabled, and/or have other marginalized identities. We are not accepting applications from behavioural consultants (BCBA), junior behavioural consultants, or those currently working under a BCBA to deliver any behavioural programs. Applicants with prior experience in these frameworks must demonstrate significant cultural humility and a clear departure from their past practices.

Requirements:

  • Personal lived experience as an autistic individual (not limited to caregiving experience).
  • Therapy metatheoretical framework cannot be behaviouralism and primary therapeutic approach cannot be behavioural (ABA, PBS, CBT, ACT). 
  • Registered counsellor with a licensing body recognized in BC and in good standing.
  • Criminal Record Check for Vulnerable Population within the last 3 years.
  • Registration with a counselling college or association recognized in BC
  • Professional Insurance
  • First Aid – Level 1 (if therapist wish to have in-person session with adults).
  • First Aid – Childcare Level (if therapist wish to facilitate in-person sessions with minors).
  • Compliant with the ethics of Neurodiversity Therapist Collective 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in neurodivergent topics and lived-experience culture
  • Neurodivergence in applicants is considered an asset.
  • Strong proficiency and Experience in video games such as Minecraft is mandatory.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • A minimum of 8 hours allocated to the clinic within 6 months from onboarding and the first client matching.
  • Reliability and punctuality are crucial, especially given the sensitivity of neurodivergent clients to routine disruptions.
  • Maintain Communication: Therapists prone to burnout or communication shutdowns should have a plan ready for maintaining communication without ghosting clients. Cherish Clinic offers creative accommodations for fluctuating capacities and communication needs. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide individual therapy sessions to neurodivergent clients, utilizing your personal autistic lived experience to create a relatable and supportive environment.
  • Develop and implement personalized therapy plans that resonate with the experiences and needs of autistic clients.
  • [Optional but valued] Conduct parent consultations to offer insights and strategies for supporting their neurodivergent children, including PDA profiles.
  • Continue professional development in the field of neurodiversity and disability rights and ethics.
  • Collaborate with other professionals, caregivers, and families to support client goals.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Document sessions and client progress following the licensing requirements.
  • Maintain consistent communication with Cherish team members. 
  • Access and utilize Cherish infrastructure such as Janeapp and Google Workspace as a part of the practice. 

Why Join Us?
Cherish Clinic is dedicated to empowering neurodivergent individuals, emphasizing an anti-oppression framework and ethical business practices. It prioritizes equality, equity, access, and authenticity while rejecting traditional professionalism. The clinic seeks genuine connections over formality in its hiring process and requires its team to engage in continuous learning about systemic injustice and neurodiversity.

  • Flexible working hours and the potential for remote work.
  • Robust ND-centred Administrative Support and Third Party Billing
  • Ongoing professional development and training opportunities.
  • Be part of a progressive and supportive team that values innovative and inclusive therapy methods.
  • Opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of neurodivergent children and their families.
  • Executive functioning support and also authentic experience of belonging and understanding for neurodivergent service providers.

How to Apply:
Here is a step-by-step guide to our recruitment process.