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What is a Clinical Therapist?

Posting date: 03/12/24

A Clinical Therapist is a highly trained mental health professional dedicated to helping people navigate and overcome various psychological and emotional challenges. 

These professionals employ a range of therapeutic techniques to assist clients in understanding and managing their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. 

Whether addressing issues related to anxiety, depression, trauma, or other mental health concerns, clinical therapists work collaboratively with their clients to promote well-being and foster positive change. 

At DBH, we offer rewarding opportunities for professionals to apply their therapeutic expertise in a dynamic environment focused on promoting mental health and well-being for our patients. 

Clinical Therapist job duties and responsibilities

Clinical therapist job duties encompass providing direct client care with the goal of fostering positive mental health outcomes for patients. 

Clinical Operations

  • Ensure completion of clinical documentation following PPS division policy guidelines.
  • Establish therapeutic rapport with patients and their families/loved ones.
  • Facilitate admission assessments and the admission process for new patients with professionalism, courtesy, and a welcoming attitude.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and communicate patient treatment goals with all team members as needed.

Administrative and Communication

  • Provide utilization reviews to insurance companies, obtaining initial authorization and continuing stay authorization, as necessary.
  • Communicate with the billing department to provide information about services rendered as therapy.
  • Consult on potential referrals filtering into practice from other Discovery Behavioral Health brands as clinically indicated.

Specialized Services

  • Provide integrative therapy for patients undergoing services within the practice.
  • Participate in research planning, analysis, development, and presentation.
  • Provide training and support to clinical care coordinator as needed.

How to become a Clinical Therapist - requirements 

Requirements for a Clinical Therapist job in the United States typically include:

  • Master’s or Doctorate degree in a relevant field, required
  • Completion of state requirements to obtain provisional licensure and later state clinical license to conduct therapeutic interventions required
  • Obtain BLS, CPR, AED, and First Aid certification within 90 days of hire
  • Must possess a current driver’s license and be in good standing

Even if you're uncertain about meeting all the qualifications, we encourage you to apply! 

At Discovery Behavioral Health, we value the strength of diversity within our team. Committed to creating an inclusive environment, we welcome applications from individuals who meet some, but not all, of the above qualifications. Your unique skills and perspective are valuable. 

Clinical Therapist skills 

Clinical Therapists possess a diverse set of skills essential for effectively addressing the complex mental health needs of their clients. 

  • Strong communication skills are paramount, enabling therapists to establish rapport, convey empathy, and facilitate open dialogue. 
  • Empathy and active listening allow them to connect with clients on a deeper level, fostering a trusting therapeutic relationship. 
  • A profound understanding of various therapeutic modalities and interventions, tailoring their approaches to suit individual client needs. 
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are crucial in assessing and diagnosing mental health conditions, guiding treatment plans, and adapting interventions as necessary. 
  • Cultural competency and a commitment to maintaining ethical standards ensure that therapists can provide inclusive and respectful care to a diverse range of clients. 

These multifaceted skills collectively empower clinical therapists to navigate the complexities of mental health and contribute positively to their client's well-being.

Difference between Clinical Therapist and Clinical Psychologist

While both Clinical Therapists and Clinical Psychologists work within the realm of mental health, there are distinct differences in their roles and training. 

Clinical Therapists typically hold a master's degree in psychology, counseling, or a related field, whereas Clinical Psychologists generally have a doctoral degree, either a Ph.D. or Psy.D. 

Clinical Psychologists often undergo more extensive training in research methodologies and psychological assessment. Clinical Therapists primarily focus on providing therapeutic interventions and counseling to individuals, couples, or groups, emphasizing practical strategies for managing mental health concerns. 

While both professionals share the goal of promoting mental well-being, Clinical Psychologists typically have a broader scope of training, encompassing both clinical practice and scholarly research, while Clinical Therapists specialize in direct therapeutic interventions.

Discover Clinical Therapist jobs at DBH 

Joining DBH means becoming a part of a dynamic and collaborative team that is passionate about providing high-quality mental health care. 

Your contributions can play a crucial role in shaping the well-being of our patients. 

Take the first step toward an enriching career by applying to Clinical Therapist positions at DBH and be a part of a team dedicated to making a positive difference in the field of behavioral health.

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