Behavioral Health Therapist

Job Overview

Lyon Martin Health Services/Women's Community Clinic provides excellent health care to heterosexual women, bisexual women, lesbians and transgender people in a safe and compassionate environment, with sensitivity to sexual orientation and gender identity; The clinic strives to improve the health and well-being of women and girls. We believe preventive, educational care is essential to lifelong health and that all women deserve excellent health care, regardless of their ability to pay. We work hard to ensure that each client feels comfortable and safe using her voice to direct the care she receives. 

The Lyon Martin/Women’s Community Clinic Behavioral Health Therapist (BHT) has a special focus on the needs of the LGBTQ community and women’s health issues. The BHT is responsible for providing clinically and culturally competent outpatient mental health and substance use disorder services in a medical setting to clinic patients, including crisis intervention, brief behavioral interventions, psychosocial assessments, supportive short-term counseling/psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, substance use disorder treatment, and appropriate internal/external referrals.  The BHT is expected to maintain a high degree of professional competence and the highest possible ethical standards, and to function as part of an integrated care team.  The BHT will work collaboratively as part of an integrated health care team. The BHT may be required to work evenings and weekends.


Key Responsibilities

Clinical Care Responsibilities

  • Evaluates, diagnoses and manages mental illness/substance use disorder within individual client sessions;
  • Demonstrates strong clinical knowledge of and commitment to demonstrates commitment to queer health and women’s health issues
  • successfully de-escalates clients in psychiatric or emotional management emergencies; facilitates group therapy which fosters safety and consistency;
  • utilizes appropriate referral and collateral sources to best support each client;
  • uses tests, measurements, and measurement scales for general and specific assessments as well as objective patient criteria in the provision of services and evaluation procedures;
  • documents care promptly following charting protocols and applicable California licensing requirements;
  • works collaboratively with primary care staff to facilitate integration between primary care and mental health in order to improve patient outcomes;
  • obtains and maintains licensure;
  • seeks training opportunities to improve skills which support the mission and attends continuing professional education programs as appropriate

Performance and Quality Improvement Responsibilities:

  • Meets benchmarks for applicable visit numbers and quality indicators as assigned
  • meet benchmarks for all contract and grant deliverables;
  • strong initiative and enthusiasm and willingness to pitch in whenever needed;
  • along with colleagues, assists in continuous quality improvement through on-going problem/needs identification and problem solving and, as requested, acts as change champion or lead in improvement activities.

Organizational Responsibilities:

  • Adheres to company dress code and maintains professional appearance;
  • completes mandatory trainings within deadlines; 
  • willing and able to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends;
  • maintains availability for various administrative/clinical duties as requested by supervisor (e.g.,  case presentations; in-service training to staff; represents clinic and/or HealthRIGHT 360 at and/or attends professional conferences;
  • supervision of students and interns;

And, other duties as assigned.


Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Education and Experience


-          Graduation from an accredited school of social work with a master’s degree or a school of psychology with a Psy-D.

-          Possession of a valid California license as an LCSW or Psy-D.


-          Bilingual Spanish/English fluency

-          EMDR training/certification

-          Supervisory experience

-          Possession of CPR certification

-          Experience working in a medical setting

-          Experience working with homeless, HIV+, and substance using patients

-          Experience working with populations with varying lifestyles, ages, sexual orientations, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and economic status

-          Experience working with lesbian, bisexual and transgender patients

Background Clearance


-          Must not be on active parole or probation 



-          Culturally competent and able to work with a diverse population

-          Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word, Outlook and internet applications


-          Proficiency with E-Clinical Works (ECW)

Skills and Abilities


-          Professionalism, punctuality, flexibility and reliability are imperative

-          Willing and able to work flexible hours, including some evening work.

-          Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills

-          Integrity to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner

-          Action oriented

-          Strong problem-solving skills

-          Excellent organization skills and ability to multitask and juggle multiple priorities

-          Outstanding ability to follow-through with tasks

-          Ability to work cooperatively and effectively as part of interdisciplinary team and independently assume responsibility

-          Strong initiative and enthusiasm and willingness to pitch in whenever needed

-          Able to communicate well at all levels of the organization including working with organization leadership and high-level representatives of partner organizations

-          Able to work within a frequently changing project scope while maintaining overall direction and structured priorities

-          Able to enter data into various electronic systems while maintaining the integrity and accuracy of the data


-          Able and willing to drive, as needed

Compensation: TBD
Type: Salary/ Exempt
Benefits: HealthRight360 offers a competitive benefits package
City: San Francisco, CA
Hours/wk: 40

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