At Motivo, we believe new therapists coming out of graduate school are the best possible answer to the mental health worker shortage currently affecting behavioral health organizations.
Our mission is to give them the best possible foundation so they can begin a life-long career helping people.
Of U.S. population live in a Mental Health Shortage Area (MHSA)
new therapists graduate and enter the workforce every year
of those new graduates leave before reaching licensure
Data is from Motivo’s white paper:The Mental Health Therapist Shortage Starts at Graduation
We focus on clinical supervision because the guidance, feedback, and support this relationship provides establishes the foundational skills they’ll need to help their clients, manage their caseloads, and find joy in their work for a long time to come.
When Rachel McCrickard was in clinical supervision, she drove two hours to get to her clinical supervision appointment. She paid for her sessions out-of-pocket. Every week, she sacrificed a whole day of billable hours for that one hour with her clinical supervisor.
She knew there had to be a better way — for her and every therapist.
Counseling jobs are plentiful but it’s hard to find employers willing to hire associate-level therapists.
Positions that are open to them involve some of the most overwhelming and difficult caseloads in the profession.
Associate-level pay for Master’s level therapists is often lower than hourly rates for area fast food restaurants.
State regulations are mind-boggling and clinical supervision is difficult to find and expensive.
Job offers are accepted faster and start dates come sooner when you provide clinical supervision as a benefit.
Associate therapists are motivated to stay beyond licensure when they feel supported by their company. It's a win/win!
Partners report happier clinicians when supervision is focused on patient care and skill building, rather than workplace dilemmas.
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We intentionally foster an environment of self-work and cultural humility. We are curious and introspective. We engage in lifelong learning.
We are committed to our cause of solving the shortage of mental health providers and we focus on the areas that yield the most impactful results.
When we see a problem or concern, we feel empowered to fix it. We trust each other to make the right decisions.
We are empathic, open-minded, and honest. We use direct, clear and kind communication and we always assume good intent.
Rachel McCrickard, LMFT
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
Chief Technical Officer, Co-Founder
Carla Smith, Ph.D, LCSW, LMFT
Chief Clinical Officer
Senior Vice President of Business Operations
Chief Business Officer