Mental Health Counselor

Job Type

Full Time




307 West 38th Street
New York
New York
United States


The Mental Health Counselor provides mental health services to individuals and groups in our OMH-licensed Article 31 outpatient clinic and our grant-funded mental health program and provides crisis intervention to agency clients. Specifically, the Mental Health Counselor assesses the needs of clients, many of whom are living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, and assists with linkages to necessary services/resources related to their medical status and/or psychosocial needs. The Mental Health Counselor provides necessary monitoring, follow-up, and coordination of services, and actively participates in a multi-disciplinary treatment team designed to improve the overall functioning of clients by providing an individualized care plan addressing the continuum of mental health and medical care.

Essential Job Functions

The following duties are mandatory requirements of the job:

  • Conduct biopsychosocial assessments of new clients to determine their appropriateness for admission to the program.
  • Assess clients’ mental health needs and refer to appropriate agencies/support services, as needed.
  • Complete comprehensive treatment plans with clients with regularly scheduled updates.
  • Provide ongoing individual, couples, and family counseling sessions using evidence-based practice interventions.
  • Provide substance use counseling, utilizing a harm-reduction approach employing motivational interviewing, pre-contemplative, and treatment-readiness interventions, as indicated.
  • Develop and facilitate psychotherapy and/or support groups.
  • Identify appropriate resources to address client needs and assist clients with identifying, building, and maintaining in-house and external support systems.
  • Coordinate, in conjunction with in-house and outside mental health providers, the provision of clients’ mental health services.
  • Work collaboratively with staff to ensure that an integrated service plan is in place and addresses the continuum of mental health and medical care.
  • Participate in monthly and/or other internal chart reviews and provide feedback in a timely manner.
  • Provide all required documentation/statistics accurately and in a timely manner.
  • Provide crisis-intervention services to agency clients, including client assessment, brief counseling, referral and/or other follow-up, notifications to staff and supervisors, and documentation, as needed and as assigned.
  • Attend monthly GMHC all-staff meetings, weekly Mental Health Services team meetings, and/or other meetings and trainings, as assigned.
  • Create a welcoming and professional environment for all volunteers and embrace the value of volunteerism at GMHC.
  • Perform related tasks as required.

Other Responsibilities

The following duties are to be performed as assigned by the supervisor:

  • Provide clinical and administrative supervision of master’s-level social work and/or mental health counseling interns, as assigned, including review and supervision of clinical and administrative documentation.
  • Assist with special projects and perform other related duties, as assigned.


Education and Certification

  • Master’s degree in social work or mental health counseling or doctoral degree in psychology required, with New York State licensure or permit enabling the practitioner to provide psychotherapy in the State of New York.
  • LCSW preferred.
  • SIFI-eligible preferred for social work candidates.

Special Skills and Knowledge

In addition to the above-listed job responsibilities and educational requirements, the ideal candidate for this position possesses most or all of the following:

  • Established clinical expertise working with persons living with or affected by HIV/AIDS and/or with persons with mental health issues and substance use/abuse issues
  • Experience engaging and working with LGBT adults and young adults 
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS, substance use populations, and mental health and substance use counseling interventions.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and organizational skills required, including proficiency in computer systems. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary treatment team. Must be a professional and responsible person who is able to develop and maintain interagency liaisons as a means of meeting clients’ needs.
  • Solid understanding or ability to support the overall well-being of clients, including need for psychiatric care, vocational training, and more intensive treatment.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.
  • Some weeknight hours are necessary for service provision, and some weekend and weeknight hours are required to attend special events.
  • Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree