What does a Therapist Intern 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
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Therapist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$53,681 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $54K
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Innovations In LearningInnovations In Learning
Supervising Therapist
Jan 19, 2022

“Weekly training presentations are creative and one on one modeling and feedback are really helpful.”

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

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

Family InnovationsFamily Innovations
Community Based Therapist
Dec 2, 2019

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

Family PriorityFamily Priority
Jan 8, 2020

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

Massage Green SpaMassage Green Spa
Lead Therapist
Dec 11, 2021

“Our front desk team is great about booking our appointments in a way that respects our boundaries and our time.”

Firefly InstituteFirefly Institute
Oct 31, 2019

“I enjoyed working in community and the training opportunities added great depth to my practice.”

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

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

LifeStance HealthLifeStance Health
Therapist- LMFT
Nov 30, 2021

“It is great helping people achieve their personal goals and change their lives in a positive direction.”

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