Clinical Psychologist

Do you love working with university and college students? Are you looking for a workplace that values fun, creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and fresh ideas? Acacia Counseling & Wellness might be just the place for you!

Established in 2014, Acacia Counseling & Wellness is the leading provider of off campus student mental health among universities. We have three offices in Santa Barbara, CA, Davis, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and Minneapolis, MN. We are excited to announce a fifth office in La Jolla, San Diego starting January 1st! 

This job posting is for licensed clinical psychologists in California for our Acacia IV - Santa Barbara location. This posting is for Independent Contractors interested in working less than 25 clinical hours per week or Commission# of sessions and Full-Time employees. See more details below.

Acacia's mission is to provide college students and their communities a safe, supportive space in which they receive quality, long term and consistent mental health care that is highly accessible, affordable and culturally sensitive. We strive to provide holistic wellness services including yoga, mindfulness/meditation, educational workshops, social events, and even a therapy dog! We work closely with academic institutions to provide optimal mental health referrals and support hundreds of students each academic year. This position is for those who are passionate about serving students, enjoy leadership roles and love working in a team-oriented environment.


Acacia is in search of California licensed psychologists and therapists. with strong clinical skills, an interdisciplinary approach to treatment, and a passion for serving students. We are looking for compassionate, devoted clinicians who are multiculturally competent and sensitive. All applicants must be willing to build up their caseload as a contractor for a short period of time. 


Responsibilities for therapists include providing individual, couples and group therapy, completing treatment documentation, attending consultation seminars and staff meetings, and perhaps occasional outreach.

As a new employee, you will begin as a contracted therapist for the first few months at a competitive rate. After, the contracted period, assuming a goodness of fit, an employee position with benefits will become available.

Some applicants may choose to work as an Independent Contractor for less than 25 clinical hours a week.  Independent Contractors enjoy flexibility within a team environment and are not required to attend staff meetings, seminars and Professional Group Consultations, but are welcome. 

  • California Professional Mental Health License
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to diversity and college student mental health

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS (but not deal breakers!):
  • Credentialed with Anthem Blue Cross and/or Aetna Insurance Companies
  • Experience working with college students
  • General knowledge of EHR (Electronic Health Record) systems


Acacia respects and values a diverse team and promotes the recruitment of qualified individuals from all backgrounds, lifestyles and experiences! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Opportunities for promotion are available as we are a rapidly growing organization!

Please submit a cover letter in addition to your resume. Thank you!

Further questions about Acacia? Please check out our websites at for more information.

Thanks for looking and hope to see you for an interview soon!

Starting Rate for Licensed Doctoral Level Clinical Psychologist:
  • Hourly for Independent Contractor <25 clinical hours: $60 per clinical hour (all referrals provided)
  • Commission/# of Sessions per week <30 hours: $54 
  • Commission/# of Sessions per week >30 hours: $54 with benefits
  • Five day a week (full-time) Salary Position starting at $83,000, and 4 day a week (3/4 time) salary starting at $66,000

Director of Acacia Isla Vista, Kristen Strong, PhD

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