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Mental Health Therapist, Contractor - NY / Remote



Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2024

Join Cartwheel to help tackle the student mental health crisis.

Kids spend most of their days in the classroom. And teachers and staff, who play a vital role in their development, are often the first to notice when something is off. But with 1 in 5 young people struggling with mental health, schools are getting crushed by a downward spiral in student crises and staff burnout.

With large increases in federal funding for schools and the rise of telehealth, schools are reimagining what mental health support can look like.

Cartwheel is an early-stage company building a new kind of mental health program that puts schools at the center. We see our role as supporting on-campus counselors, psychologists, and school social workers who see kids every single day. Instead of going around them, we collaborate with them. This means:

  • Earlier intervention
  • Higher student and family engagement in care
  • Better coordination among the trusted adults in a student’s life

Kids shouldn't just aspire to get out of bed and drag themselves to class. They should be able to experience joy. They deserve to envision and build a life they’re excited to live. If you join Cartwheel, you’ll help make this vision a reality for millions of students across the country. We’re backed by top investors including General Catalyst, BoxGroup, and Able Partners, and we're looking for scrappy, mission-driven teammates to join our team.


We’re looking for team-oriented and mission-driven therapists to join our amazing and interdisciplinary care team of psychiatrists, therapists, and school health professionals. As a Mental Health Therapist, you'll work directly with school staff, students, and families in our partner school districts to build stronger systems of mental health support.

Role type: 1099 independent contractor (10-20 hours per week)

Location: 100% remote

Specific Needs: Spanish speaking therapists, and therapists comfortable working with elementary age students and providing parent guidance

Start date: Rolling start dates with increased demand during the school year


  • Provide excellent care, including mental health assessments and teletherapy, to middle and high school students in Cartwheel’s partner school districts (typically 2-4 months per student with possible extension up to 6 months)
  • Participate in case discussions with other Cartwheel team members
  • Support students and families with transition to community mental health and primary care providers
  • Build collaborative, trusted, and lasting relationships with school leadership, staff, students, and families. Meet regularly with school staff to discuss student mental health needs and develop strategies to improve school services.
  • Help lead mental health workshops and other programming for staff and families
  • Partner with school leadership on achieving their overall mental health vision
  • If interested, provide clinical supervision to other care team members


Must have…

  • Passion for working with schools on mental health
  • Active license in New York to deliver mental health care (LICSW/LCSW, LMHC, LMFT, or PhD/PsyD)
  • Experience with CBT, DBT, ACT, solution-focused therapy, and/or motivational interviewing
  • Experience delivering care via telehealth
  • Excellent organization, communication, and teamwork skills
  • Willingness to offer hours after a typical school day (e.g., 3-8pm Eastern Time) or weekends
  • NOTE: As long as you have an active New York license, you can live and deliver care from anywhere in the United States

Extra credit…

  • Fluency in other languages (e.g., Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Experience with parent guidance
  • Active NPI number (Need to apply for your NPI? Visit this link. It takes about 2 to 4-weeks)
  • CAQH credentialing set up (Need to apply for CAQH? Visit this link. It takes about 3 to 4-days)
  • Experience developing and/or delivering skill-building workshops for parents and families on mental health topics
  • Willingness to visit schools and meet with staff occasionally during the year

The above is a summary of the role, not an exhaustive list. If you think that you have most of the above but not everything, please apply. We'd love to hear from you.


At Cartwheel, you’ll have an unmatched provider experience.

  • Flexible and 100% remote role (10-20 hrs/week)
  • Competitive compensation ($50-80/hour compensation for Master’s-level clinicians, dependent on licensure, experience, language, etc.)
  • Team-based care model with mission-driven colleagues
  • Administrative support from our experienced, full-time Care Coordinators so you can focus on delivering care
  • Opportunities beyond clinical care, including working closely with schools on staff support, workshops, and other programming

Cartwheel is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diverse backgrounds and perspectives and an inclusive work environment. We're committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, or veteran status.