What does a Counsellor/CBT Therapist do?

A mental health therapist is responsible for providing diagnostic assessments, therapy, counseling, and support services for a diverse caseload including adults, adolescents, and families experiencing mental health issues, communication challenges, or family conflict. They are a deeply familiar with other services and resources within the community and work closely with them to provide information and support when required. Mental health therapists can work in hospitals, schools, or within a private practice.

A Master degree in Social Work or Psychology along with independent licenses such as an LMFT, LICSW or LPCC are required for mental health therapists. Successful mental health therapists are deeply compassionate and possess excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills.

  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment
  • Gather information about community mental health needs and resources that could be used in conjunction with therapy
  • Plan outreach and referral activities in surrounding communities
  • Plan and conduct programs to prevent substance abuse or improve community health and counseling services
  • Assess clients' mental condition based on review of client information, interviews, observation, tests, and collaboration with other staff members
  • Serve as a client advocate to coordinate required services or to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations
  • Develop and implement treatment plans based on DA, clinical experience and knowledge
  • Conduct initial family assessments and refer patients, clients, or family members to community resources or to specialists as necessary
  • 5+ years experience with providing diagnostic assessment and therapy services to a full range of individuals from youth through adulthood
  • Valid license as an LMFT, LICSW or LPCC
  • Maintain professional licensure and/or certification throughout employment with this agency
  • Ability to work as a team member and cooperatively
  • Must be able to work flexible work schedule including evenings and weekends on occasion
  • Superb organizational skills
  • Ability to guide, direct, or influence people
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with mentally or emotionally disabled persons and their families
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Counsellor/CBT Therapist Salaries

Average Base Pay

£31,662 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£18K
Median: £32K
£55K
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Counsellor/CBT Therapist Career Path

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Counsellor/CBT Therapist Insights

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Discovery Mood & Anxiety ProgramDiscovery Mood & Anxiety Program
Primary Therapist
11 Oct 2021

“Documentation was long and tedious and required me using my evenings and weekends to complete.”

Family InnovationsFamily Innovations
Community Based Therapist
2 Dec 2019

“You get some good material and 1:1 guidance from staff that are assigned to train you which is nice.”

Family PriorityFamily Priority
Therapist
8 Jan 2020

“I had to resign because I am relocating but I will miss Family Priority and enjoyed everyone I worked with”

Nystrom and AssociatesNystrom and Associates
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
5 Jun 2020

“You can have a flexible schedule and get to chose which clients you want to see.”

Highland Ridge HospitalHighland Ridge Hospital
Therapist
14 Aug 2021

“Your coworkers are great to work with and really care about the work and patients.”

SPARC Services and ProgramsSPARC Services and Programs
FCT Therapist
15 Jun 2021

“My safety was always number one in my mind and unfortunately not number one in my leaderships minds.”

Caravel Autism HealthCaravel Autism Health
Senior Therapist
22 Apr 2021

“By the nature of the job the pay isn't great to start at the lower ranks”

MaryhurstMaryhurst
Therapist
1 Apr 2021

“It is a nonprofit so the work is meaningful but the pay is not the best”

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