1. Clinical
  2. Full-time
  3. Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program
  4. Columbia

Senior Therapist - Mental Health

  1. Clinical
  2. Full-time
  3. Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program
  4. Columbia

Job description

Company Description

Discovery Behavioral Health (DBH) is a national leader in behavioral healthcare and one of the fastest growing companies in the field. DBH offers world-class treatment for those struggling with eating disorders, mental health, and substance use and places a high priority on seeking employees who share our passion for improving the lives we serve.

Since 1997, Discovery Mood and Anxiety Programs, DBH’s Mental Health Disorder Division, has helped thousands of patients discover their path to the full and rewarding lives they deserve with evidence-based and inclusive treatment options.

Compensation Range: $60,000 per year - $95,000 per year

Compensation will be dependent upon geographic region, education, and experience 

Our Offer to You!

We are dedicated to empowering our clinicians with their professional and personal development by providing:

Healthcare benefits
Vacation and sick days
Employee referral program
Employee discounts to various stores, amusement parks, events, etc.
Resources to obtain certification in EMDR, CBT Trauma Focused therapies
Support for pursuing multi-state licensure
Continuing Education (CE) programs and training
Supervision hours
Networking opportunities and development of professional relations
Weekly training opportunities
Advancement opportunities within the organization

Job Description

The Senior Therapist works in a dynamic multidisciplinary team providing treatment services according to the Discovery Behavioral model. Therapist responsibilities include ensuring patient safety, providing milieu interventions, leading psychoeducational and process-oriented therapy groups, facilitate clinical assessments, conduct therapy sessions, and other case management tasks, as assigned. 

  • Ensures clinical documentation is completed timely throughout the course of treatment and meets clinical quality standards outlined in policies.  
  • Completes and responds to documentation requirements and timelines to ensure compliance with the monthly medical record review, per the Medical Record Review Policy. 
  • Establish therapeutic rapport with patients and families/loved ones. 
  • Facilitates admission assessments and the admission process for new patients with professionalism, courtesy, and a welcoming attitude. 
  • Understands role in providing expeditious access to care for individuals seeking services. 
  • Participates in weekly treatment team and communicates weekly treatment goals with all team members.  
  • Completes appropriate number of therapy sessions weekly for patients, including family/support system sessions aligned with the patients’ level of care. 
  • RTC: two individual sessions and one family/support system session 
  • PHP: one individual session and one family/support system session 
  • IOP: one therapeutic session – individual or family/support system, as clinically indicated 
  • Facilitates process orientated and psychoeducation groups one to two times, daily. 
  • Facilitates multi-family groups, family program, and/or family weekend. 
  • Provides utilization reviews to insurance companies, providing appropriate clinical information to obtain initial authorization and continuing stay authorization, as necessary. 
  • Is appropriately accessible to family members or loved ones. 
  • Assesses patients for suicidality and possibility of danger to self or others. 
  • May provide additional clinical support for other members of the clinical team in their absence.   
  • Communicates with the Utilization Review Department and Business Department regarding authorization and payment. Completes Utilization Reviews as required. 
  • Begins discharge planning on day of admission for all patients. 
  • Completes discharge session with patient to ensure coping skills, transition plan, and resources are understood and intact. 
  • Ensures discharge appointments are confirmed with patient and loved ones prior to discharge. 
  • Communicates with referral sources and outpatient providers for continuity of care upon admission, midpoint, and discharge. 
  • Facilitates patient transfers to higher level of care, as needed. 
  • Actively participates in clinical outreach and program tours, as needed.  
  • Effectively manages crises in sessions and the milieu. 
  • Provides support to milieu staff in their interactions with patients and their loved ones. 
  • Works collaboratively with the entire treatment team and milieu staff to ensure the highest level of clinical quality at all times. 
  • Provides clinical supervision to other clinicians in the organization, as assigned. 
  • Adheres to the DBH Clinical Supervision Model in supervision activities.  
  • Ensures supervisees remain current on documentation, case management, and documentation, as well as, supporting with clinical activities and interventions. 
  • RTC Only: Provides on-call support to facility at least 1x per month and returns all program phone calls within 20 minutes, while on call. Communicates appropriately with On Call Administrator or Regional Director regarding pertinent facility issues, while on call. 

For a virtual tour of the facility, please visit our website at discoverymood.com


  • Master’s or Doctorate degree in relevant field, required 
  • Holds active state license 
  • Five or more years of experience working in the mental health field, required 
  • Obtain CPI certification within 90 days of hire 
  • Obtain CPR, AED, and First Aid certification within 90 days of hire 
  • Must possess a current driver’s license and be in good standing 

Additional Information

Discovery Behavioral Health seeks to build a diverse staff that is reflective of the patients we serve and the communities where we work. DBH encourages multiple perspectives, experiences, and strives to hire and retain a diverse workforce.

We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

For more information about our company benefits, please visit us at discoverybehavioralhealth.com/careers/

Discovery Behavioral Health seeks to build a diverse staff that is reflective of the patients we serve and the communities where we work. DBH encourages multiple perspectives, experiences, and strives to hire and retain a diverse workforce.

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