Frequently Asked Questions

What is the workplace culture?

We encourage a culture of curiosity, passion, fun, professionalism, and honesty.  We believe in fostering a community of experts.  If you work for us, it is because you can provide services in a needed specialty.  We try to balance our therapist’s natural curiosity and breadth with creating a specialty to help cultivate your professional reputation.

We try to create an active collaborative culture by offering weekly opportunities for us to continue to grow as therapists and humans.  Twice a month we have consult group, once a month we have clinical trainings, and once a month we engage in insight-oriented anti-racist work through facilitated conversations, readings, and trainings.  We are a community of learners, and we believe in engaging through humility and curiosity.

What is the space like?

We had a lot of fun in designing a comfortable and welcoming environment.  We'll let the pictures speak for themselves!

When will I work?  Are weekends required?

We strongly believe in work-life balance (in fact, that's one of the founding principles of our practice!  Clinicians cannot do the deep, transformative work of therapy unless they themselves are well-supported and not burning out.)  We ask that clinicians be available to see 18 or more clients per week, with a cap at 30 clients per week.  Beyond that, we understand that everyone's life has different rhythms.  We work with clinicians to find a schedule that matches both their time needs and financial goals.  Weekends and evenings are not required.

Are there opportunities for growth at Catalyst?

Yes, absolutely!  For clinicians who are two years post-licensure, there are opportunities to provide clinical supervision.  Also, we are absolutely thrilled to support clinicians who would like to either become the clinical supervisor of their own location or own their own group practice.  For more information, see our Group Practice Incubator Program.

Why is Catalyst Counseling set up as an employer and not a contractor?  

When we decided to launch Catalyst, we spoke extensively with attorneys to make sure we were creating an ethical and mutually beneficial arrangement.  There are some models for group practices that are more explicitly legal than others. Of the other group practice models, going through the legwork to become an employer allowed us to practice within our ethics and provide many of the other benefits that we feel are vital in creating a good work culture.

You offer visa sponsorship?

Yes, we will sponsor our employees for H1B and/or a Green Card.  We ask that a clinician have the ability to work legally in the US for the first year of their work with us.  Most of the time that's via a F1 visa, the visa issued to new graduates of US-based schools.

It's important to us to put a percentage of our profits towards making people's lives better.  We could donate to service organizations in the traditional way, but committing to sponsorship seems like a more direct way of changing people's lives (both the clinician and the many people they help).  Plus, it's also selfish -- we get to have some truly amazing people on our team who wouldn't be able to join us if we couldn't sponsor.

What is the fee splitting percentage?

For fully licensed clinicians, we offer a 50/50 split which is standard for an employee-based group practice.  This is less than the 60/40 split of an independent contractor relationship, because we provide substantial benefits and pay employment taxes.

For associates, we offer a graded split and we provide free supervision toward licensure (actually we pay you to attend supervision sessions).  For associate clinicians averaging under 12 clients a week, it is a 40/60 split.  For associate clinicians averaging over 12 clients a week, it is a 45/55 split.  Associates are eligible to transition to a new contract once fully licensed.

Our reimbursements range from $112 to $180/hour, depending on the insurance plan and type of therapy (couples and family therapy bills out at a higher rate).

How will my income working at a group practice compare with having my own private practice?

Some people expect that they can make more money as a solo practitioner rather than an employee.  However, there's a lot that goes into running a business, and most people don't factor in the hours devoted to business management when they try to factor in which way is more profitable.  There's an excellent article that discusses this:


"What is rarely taken into account is overhead hours worked. Anyone in private practice will work some overhead hours (that is, hours beyond seeing clients). But because they are unpaid hours, many clinicians don’t take the time to factor in those hours worked and calculate that into their pay.

One major benefit of employment in a group practice, is that most employees have a minimal amount of overhead work. On average, for every 20 hours of client sessions, a clinician in a group practice will work an additional two hours of overhead work (ie. notes, collaboration, and in some cases, marketing).

A solo practitioner is a business owner. That means they are managing all aspects of their business on top of seeing clients. A typical solo practice owner will spend around 12 hours a week marketing, networking, doing notes, collaborating, maintaining a website, social media, answer phones, manage billing, communicate with accountants, search for office space, just to name a few." 

--Maureen Werrbach

In general, a group practice is a better fit if you would like to spend the majority of your time and effort working with clients.  A solo practice is a better fit if you would like to spend part of your time and effort seeing clients, and part of your time and effort on running the business.  There's no one right path - it depends on the kinds of work you enjoy.

What benefits do you offer?

We offer paid sick time, health insurance (for full time clinicians), paying for advertising and marketing, and a CEU fund.  We also pay clinicians for networking such as blog writing and public speaking.

Wait, you help pay for health insurance?

Yes - we offer medical (and now dental!) insurance for clinicians with a full caseload.

Am I expected to pay rent or other expenses?

No.  Catalyst provides rent, marketing, attorney-vetted disclosures, and completely vetted HIPAA compatible tech (electronic health record, email, encryption, fax, etc). We also provide Chromebooks and other office supplies for each clinician.

Who deals with the insurance companies?  Who helps with paneling?

Catalyst provides insurance billing and all related phone work.  You just email our biller if you encounter a problem or question.  We help with paneling, although to get started, there is a huge amount of paperwork that really only you can fill out.  

We currently contract with Premera, Lifewise, First Choice, Kaiser, and Medicare (LICSW's only).  We also work with several Employee Assistance Programs.  We can provide courtesy billing for out of network clients.

Ok, what do I have to pay for?

You are responsible for paying for your professional license, malpractice insurance, any professional memberships, and your outside CEU’s.  (Catalyst offers CEU credits for most of our trainings, up to 24 credits a year, and those are free to staff).  We offer a CEU fund based on how many clients you see on average.  You do not need a business license because you would be an employee.

Am I going to receive a W2?

Yes.  We provide all payroll services.

Can I keep my private practice and still work for you?

It depends.  Some of our clinicians have other projects they work on (for example: teaching, equine therapy, in-home visits, or leading a non-profit).  However, providing in-office therapy in another setting is not part of our model, with limited exceptions.

What is the building like?

We are in a small wheelchair-accessible professional building in downtown Woodinville.  We are within walking distance of Molbak's and all the downtown shops.  Ample free parking is provided.