Join our INTERDISCPLINARY team at The Center for Connection where we provide multidisciplinary treatment guided by an interpersonal neurobiology lens!

Current Opportunities

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Our Center brings together a dynamic, interdisciplinary community of professionals. Based in Pasadena, CA, we specialize in the fields of Psychotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Educational Therapy, and Neuropsychology. Our mission is to help children, families, and adults through our integrative network of independent professionals working in a unique collaborative group practice weaving best practices together with an Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) lens. The team at The Center for Connection is led by Executive Director Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., co-author with Dr. Daniel Siegel of the New York Times bestsellers The Whole Brain Child and No Drama Discipline, along with The Yes Brain and the upcoming Showing Up.

Educational Therapist POSITION

We are looking for experienced Educational Therapists to join our multidisciplinary private practice in Pasadena, California. Three words describe The Center for Connection's mission for both the people we serve and those who are part of our team:  Connect. Grow. Thrive.


  • A master's degree in education (with focus on special education, psychology, or related fields) preferred.

  • ET/P designation from the Association of Educational Therapists, strongly preferred.

  • A minimum of three to five years of experience in education working with students with learning differences.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with assessment, diagnostic teaching, intervention, remediation strategies, teaching methods, and clinical approaches for school-age students with varied diagnoses involving learning challenges.

  • Experience with or openness to an interdisciplinary approach and the Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) framework.

  • Training and experience in identifying and remediating students' needs in reading, language, math, content areas, and executive function with evidence-based strategies.

  • Competency in subject(s) matter if teaching at middle or high school level.


  • Conduct diagnostic teaching sessions, formal/informal assessments in reading, writing, executive function skills, and study skills.

  • Design and implement individualized intervention plan

  • Use relational approach to develop a sense of safety for optimal learning

  • Monitor and develop student's self-regulation, i.e. awareness of arousal states as it relates to academic progress

  • Stay current with best practices and brain-based strategies

  • Keep professional records, including documentation of each educational therapy session

  • Use evidence-based academic intervention strategies

  • Maintain consistent collaborative communication about client progress with parents, teachers, and other allied professionals

  • Participate in weekly mandatory Team meetings and scheduled Educational Therapy Team meetings

  • Participate in training and development workshops to improve best practices, develop further understanding of IPNB practices, and learn new techniques/methodologies as necessary

  • Consult and collaborate with Lead Educational Therapist and Educational Therapy team on challenging or perplexing cases.

  • Facilitate student intervention through collaboration with parents, psychologists, psychiatrists, speech/language therapists, occupational therapists, teachers and other school personnel

  • Maintain confidentiality


Please email a resume and cover letter telling us about yourself, including the reason(s) you are interested in joining us to Ayla Dillard at (please attach both as a Word and PDF file).

Final candidate subject to background check.

We are looking for a Licensed Clinical Psychologist to provide Comprehensive Psychological Evaluations and who meets the following requirements:

  • Utilizes a relational theoretical orientation, familiarity with Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB)

  • Minimum 3 years of previous experience providing psychological evaluations for children and adolescents

    • Knowledge of learning disabilities and neuropsychological measures

    • Experience providing psychoeducational or neuropsychological evaluations and collaborating with schools

    • Ability to provide a differential diagnosis

  • Values collaboration, reflective consultation, and ongoing learning

At the Center for Connection we offer:

  • Advanced training in IPNB and interdisciplinary collaboration

  • A supportive and warm work environment

  • Flexible work hours

  • Full testing library

  • Option to also provide therapy services

If interested, please send your Cover Letter and CV to:

Joy Malik-Hasbrook, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PSY22923

Director of Assessment at

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Child, Adolescent, and Adult MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST

The Center for Connection, based in Pasadena, CA, is hiring a mental health therapist.  Our unique model develops integrated treatment plans, uniting multiple professionals under one roof. By collecting highly skilled professionals in various fields and offering them all in one location, we greatly improve the overall quality of care each client, while significantly reducing the stress and anxiety on the individual and family.  Our approach isn’t just to make logistics more convenient, but also to promote cross-disciplinary communication in order to really understand the challenges of the client and effectively intervene. Our framework is from the lens of Interpersonal Neurobiology, where we focus on regulation and relationships, rather than behavioral compliance, and on building skills with the brain’s plasticity in mind. To learn more about us, visit


The Mental Health Therapist provides counseling services including consultations, treatment planning and implementation, and therapeutic interventions.  


Treatment/Therapeutic Interventions

  • Provide individual, family, and group psychotherapy to a diverse client population according to evidence-based practices.

  • Coordinate and collaborate with multidisciplinary professionals, both within the CFC and in the wider community.

  • Participate in regular continuing education opportunities to develop and strengthen your clinical skills.

  • Maintain administrative responsibility for your clinical practice (e.g. billing, record keeping, etc.).


  • Attendance at weekly strategy/training/case management meetings on Mondays (from 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm). Part of what makes the Center for Connection so special is our interdisciplinary approach. Each member of our team brings with them their own areas of expertise (educational therapists, neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, psychotherapists, etc.), and together we participate in weekly meetings to lend multiple lenses of expertise to cases, support and learn from one another, and actively train with Executive Director Dr. Tina Payne Bryson.

  • Manage referrals in a timely manner.

  • Facilitate connections in the community among other professionals, agencies, and schools.

  • Be responsible for accurate and timely documentation as established by the interdisciplinary team and professional standards.

  • Other duties as necessary.


  • The ideal candidate will hold an MA, PsyD, or PhD in Social Work, Clinical Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or similar discipline and be fully licensed within their profession in the state of California.  We are not able to accomodate pre-licensed professionals at this time.

  • We are especially interested in welcoming an established therapist in private practice or with a current caseload who is looking to become a part of an interdisciplinary team.  

  • We are particularly looking for therapists who have experience or specialization in working with male clients aged 6-12, as well as with children who experience attentional difficulties, dysregulation in home or school, learning differences, and anxiety.  The ideal candidate will also have some experience working with adults, couples, and families experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, family struggles, and life transitions.

  • Knowledge of attachment, interpersonal neurobiology, and intersubjectivity/relational theory a must. Ideally, the right candidate will commit to familiarizing themselves with the concepts and approaches of interpersonal neurobiology and specifically Tina Bryson and Dan Siegel’s work: The Whole-Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline, and The Yes Brain.

  • Skill in communicating (both verbally and in written documentation) objectives of therapeutic  interventions and treatment plans to our interdisciplinary team, as well as families, students, schools, and other professionals (e.g. psychiatrists, DCFS, legal professionals).

  • Interest in and enthusiasm for working in a collaborative working environment that emphasizes a holistic, team approach to mental health and well-being.

  • Familiarity with collaborating with schools, both public and private, and participating in the IEP/Student Support Team process.

  • Ability to manage client billing, records, and revenue reporting via Therapy Notes (training available upon hire).

  • Interest in offering supervisory hours and/or public speaking a plus.

  • Other preferences:

    • Bilingual (Mandarin, Armenian, Spanish preferred)

    • EMDR trained/certified

    • DIR/Floortime experience

    • Expertise in working with complex cases with legal involvement (divorce/separation of parents, DCFS involvement)

    • Experience or training in addictions (particularly from an IPNB perspective!)


  • Generous compensation, setting your own rate

  • Flexible hours

  • Comfortable and attractive office space in Pasadena, CA

  • Continued training and support from Dr. Tina Payne Bryson as well as fellow colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds

  • (Optional) Opportunity to participate in speaking opportunities and/or media interviews

  • (Optional) Opportunity to facilitate group sessions for kids, parents, educators, and/or professionals


Please email a resume and cover letter to Ayla Dillard at (please attach both as a Word or PDF file).

Final candidate subject to background check.

Interested in another position? Then email us at We will save your resume and reach out to you when an opening arises that matches your qualifications. (Please not that we are not able to accomodate pre-licensed professionals at this time.)

A Quick note

The Center for Connection is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, martial status, national origin/ethnicity, disability, age, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status covered by The Center for Connection’s nondiscrimination policy.