Mental Health Therapist

Mental Health Therapist Resume Keywords and Skills (Hard Skills)

Here are the keywords and skills that appear most frequently on recent Mental Health Therapist job postings. In other words, these are the most sought after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. Go to Sample Templates ↓ below to see how to include them on your resume.

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  • Psychotherapy
  • Mental Health
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Counseling Psychology
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  • Crisis Intervention
  • Case Management
  • Psychology
  • Individual Counselling
  • Social Services
  • Program Development
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mindfulness
  • EMDR
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Solution Focused
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Behavioral Health
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Play Therapy

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Resume Skills: Techniques

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
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Resume Skills: Assessment Tools

  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV)
  • Rorschach Inkblot Method
  • Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2)
  • MMPI
  • Rorschach Inkblot Test
  • Thematic Apperception Test
  • Beck's Depression Inventory
  • Child Behavior Checklist
  • Mental State Examination
  • Anxiety and Related Disorders Interview Schedule (ADIS)
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Resume Skills: Psychological Assessments

  • Mental Status Examination
  • Clinical Interview
  • Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
  • Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale
  • Beck Depression Inventory
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Resume Skills: Software

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • SPSS
  • CMS Softwares
  • HIPAA Compliant Teletherapy Platforms
  • Digital Scheduling Tools
  • TherapyNotes
  • PrognoCIS (Electronic Health Records (EHR) software)
  • Psychotherapy Progress Note Software
  • Electronic Health Records
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Resume Skills: Digital Tools

Resume Skills: Languages

Resume Skills: Therapies

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Exposure Response Prevention (ERP)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
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Resume Skills: Psychotherapy Approaches

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Sample Mental Health Therapist Resume Examples: How To Include These Skills

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Your Name
Mental Health Therapist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded January 2022 - Present
Mental Health Therapist
Developed and implemented a group therapy program using the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) method, leading to a 30% improvement in patient retention rates.
Provided crisis intervention and individual counseling services to over 20 clients weekly, reducing hospitalizations by 45%.
Managed complex screening and intake processes, resulting in 60% quicker client placements within relevant support services.
Designed a Motivational Interviewing based program that increased client engagement in therapy sessions by 40%
Utilized CBT techniques to aid clients with anxiety disorders, decreasing the severity of panic attacks by 30% amongst participants.
ABC Mental Health Clinic July 2018 - December 2021
Clinical Social Worker
Integrated trauma therapy modalities into the treatment plan of 100+ cases, reducing symptoms of PTSD by 40%.
Developed and facilitated a solution-focused therapy program, resulting in 30% improvement in patient depression and anxiety symptoms.
Advocated for 80+ clients’ social services, securing needed resources and support in 95% of cases. March 2015 - June 2018
Counseling Psychologist
Led counseling psychology services for diversely aged clients, decreasing self-harming behavior in clients by 25% through effective case management.
Implemented mindfulness techniques that resulted in a 35% decrease in anxiety symptoms amongst clients.
Resume Worded University December 2014
Master's Degree - Clinical Psychology
Thesis: 'Exploration of Anxiety Disorders - An Insightful Study'
Resume Worded Institute June 2012
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology
Specialization in Child and Adolescent Psychology
Recipient of Outstanding Student Award
Therapies: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Assessment Tools: Mental State Examination, Beck's Depression Inventory, Anxiety and Related Disorders Interview Schedule (ADIS)
Software: TherapyNotes, PrognoCIS (Electronic Health Records (EHR) software), Microsoft Office Suite
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational)
Certifications: Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC, 2018), Certified Cognitive Therapist (CCT, 2017)
Workshops Conducted: Mental Health First Aid, Coping Strategies for Anxiety Disorders, Understanding Child Psychology and Behavioral Issues
Publications: Co-authored 'The Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on Adolescents with Anxiety Disorders' in Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volunteering: Support Group Facilitator, Anxiety and Depression Association; Provided pro-bono therapy sessions to underprivileged children at local community center
Your Name
Clinical Therapist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded February 2021 - Present
Clinical Therapist
Introduced EMDR therapy to the treatment protocol, improving patient response to trauma therapy by 40%
Incorporated Behavioral Health approaches into the therapy plan, resulting in a 50% reduction in high-risk behaviors amongst patients.
Managed a caseload of over 30 clients per week providing both individual and family therapy services, obtaining a 40% improvement in the interpersonal relationships of clients.
Designed and implemented comprehensive mental health programs increasing the service coverage by 60%
Applied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques resulting in a 30% decrease in patient depression symptoms.
XYZ Wellness Centre June 2017 - January 2021
Family Therapist
Fostered a therapeutic environment for families leading to a 35% reduction in family conflict and increased positive communications by 50%
Implemented a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group program, resulting in a 40% decrease in self-destructive behaviors amongst participants.
Administered psychotherapy to individuals and families, contributing to a 30% decrease in mental health crises. March 2014 - June 2017
Behavioral Health Counselor
Executed Motivational Interviewing sessions, resulting in improved treatment adherence by 70%
Offered crisis intervention strategies which decreased community hospitalizations by 20%.
Resume Worded University February 2014
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
Graduated with Merit, Dean's List 2014 (Top 20%)
Resume Worded Institute May 2011
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Minors in Human Development & Social Relations
Awards: Resume Worded Mental Health Champion (outstanding contribution to mental health causes)
Counseling Techniques: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (Advanced), Family Systems Therapy (Advanced), Play Therapy (Intermediate), Exposure Therapy (Intermediate), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Intermediate), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (Intermediate)
Psychological Assessment Tools: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV), Rorschach Inkblot Method, Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Neuropsychological Assessment, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2)
Digital Tools: Psychiatry EMR Software, Advanced Telehealth Solutions, Electronic Scheduling and Billing Systems, HIPAA compliant Video Software
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent), American Sign Language (Conversational)
Certifications: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Initial Date of Certification: 2014
Professional Training: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Level 1 and 2 Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Volunteering: Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (Mentor, 2012 - 2020)
Awards: 2018 Therapist of the Year, XYZ Wellness Centre
Your Name
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded April 2020 - Present
Guided 35 clients weekly through individual counseling sessions, increasing therapy consistency by 25%
Administered psychotherapy for both acute and chronic patients, resulting in a 30% reduction in depression and anxiety symptoms.
Devised and presided over mental health counseling programs for over 100 members, leading to improved program development and a 25% increase in overall patient satisfaction.
Facilitated group therapy sessions involving trauma patients, leading to a 40% decrease in PTSD symptoms amongst participants.
Employed mindfulness techniques to enhance patient concentration and overall mental well-being, resulting in a 20% increase in patient productivity.
Mental Health Services Foundation August 2015 - March 2020
Mental Health Counselor
Treated high-risk adolescents and adults using CBT techniques, reducing emergency incidents by 30%
Coordinated with social service providers ensuring 95% client achievement of personalized recovery goals.
Leveraged family therapy methods to rebuild broken family connections, increasing positive family interactions by 45%. May 2012 - July 2015
Treatment Coordinator
Coordinated behavioral health treatment plans for a caseload of over 80 individuals, ensuring 100% compliance with clinic protocols.
Resume Worded University August 2012
Master of Science - Clinical Psychology
Specialization in Behavioral Therapy
Received the James Worth Academic Excellence Award
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2011
Certification - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Part-time, alongside working as a Treatment Coordinator at
Techniques: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy
Psychological Assessments: Mental Status Examination, Clinical Interview, Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale, Beck Depression Inventory
Software: Microsoft Office Suite, SPSS, CMS Softwares, HIPAA Compliant Teletherapy Platforms, Digital Scheduling Tools
Certifications: License: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) (2015), Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) (2020)
Leadership & Volunteering: Volunteer Counselor, Mental Health America (2010 – 2012), Chairperson, Committee on Mental Health Advocacy, American Counseling Association (2018 – Present)
Continuing Education: Regular participation in professional development workshops on topics such as Ethical Practices and Trauma-Informed Care
Your Name
Outpatient Therapist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE May 2020 - Present
Lead Outpatient Therapist
Designed, implemented, and led training programs addressing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) techniques resulting in a 20% increase in effective methods used per session.
Introduced EMDR as an effective strategy for trauma cases, decreasing the average patient recovery time by three months.
Facilitated group therapy and family therapy sessions, contributing to the improved emotional resilience of 50+ clientele.
Supervised a team of 5 junior therapists and assisted in escalating complex case management issues, improving team efficiency by 25%.
Implemented Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in individual counseling sessions and observed a 15% improvement in patient overall mental wellbeing.
Acme Mental Health Services January 2018 - April 2020
Senior Outpatient Therapist
Developed and enforced behavioral health protocols resulting in a 40% reduction in crisis intervention referrals.
Managed the treatment plans of 100 unique mental health patients leading to a 80% improvement rate by the conclusion of therapy.
Increased accessibility to psychotherapy services by 30% through remote counseling sessions.
Resume Worded June 2015 - December 2017
Outpatient Therapist
Tailored PTSD therapeutic treatments for 50+ veterans and increased recovery results by 30%.
Increased patient satisfaction by 25% through the use of motivational interviewing techniques in counseling psychology.
Managed high-risk, complex social service cases with a 90% stabilization rate.
Resume Worded Institute May 2020
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)
Gained in-depth understanding of various patient care models
Resume Worded University May 2015
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Thesis on the impact of integrative approaches in outpatient therapy and treatment planning
Counseling Techniques: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Multicultural Counseling
Therapeutic Tools: Biofeedback, Therapeutic Art, Play Therapy, Hypnosis, Therapeutic Astrology, Sand Play
Assessment Tools: Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), Beck Anxiety Inventory, Beck Depression Inventory, PCL-R for PTSD, Rorschach Inkblot Method, Thematic Apperception Test
Technologies & Software: Electronic Health Records (EHR) Software, Microsoft Office Suite, Teletherapy Softwares (Zoom, Skype,, SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach and Recovery), SPSS
Volunteering: Provided free mental health counseling to homeless and low-income families at local community centers
Publications & Blogs: Published various articles related to mental health and therapy on professional platforms such as MedCircle, Psychology Today
Professional Affiliations: Member, American Counseling Association; Member, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Self-Improvement & Continuous Learning: Attended and participated in various webinars, workshops, and seminars related to outpatient therapy, patient care, mental health advocacy
Your Name
Clinical Social Worker
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE February 2020 - Present
Senior Clinical Social Worker
Promoted psychotherapy as a primary method, resulting in a 15% increase in cognitive function among patients with cognitive declining disorders.
Leveraged play therapy strategies in treating 70+ pediatric patients with emotional and psychological disorders leading to a 90% success rate.
Implemented a robust case management system, improving the efficiency of service delivery by 40%
Facilitated motivational interviewing counseling sessions yielding a 20% increase in patient commitment to treatment plans.
Directed a mental health team of 7, providing supervision and timely intervention to effectively manage stressful crisis situations.
State Healthcare Facility October 2016 - January 2020
Clinical Social Worker
Conducted trauma therapy sessions with sexually abused children which decreased symptoms of PTSD by 60%.
Led individual counselling sessions for patients with suicidal ideation, resulting in zero incidences of self-harm.
Achieved 25% improvement in patient recovery rates from alcohol addiction through effective behavorial health strategies.
Resume Worded June 2013 - September 2016
Associate Clinical Social Worker
Developed a multi-disciplinary approach to holistic mental health services, resulting in a 35% increase in patient engagement.
Reduced crisis intervention referrals by 20% through proactive case management.
Managed social service cases for elderly patients, reducing family related stress by 40%.
Resume Worded University May 2016
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Concentration in Clinical Social Work
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2013
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
Minors in Psychology and Sociology
Awards: Resume Worded Fellow in Social Work Education (only 3 awarded to class), Dean's List 2011 (Top 15%)
Therapeutic Techniques: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychoanalysis, Play Therapy
Assessment Tools: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI)
Software: Electronic Health Records (EHR) Software, MS Office Suite, SPSS, Qualitative Data Analysis Software (Atlas.ti, NVivo)
policies & Procedures: HIPAA, Patient Confidentiality, Mandatory Reporting Laws, Governmental and Private Insurance Procedures
Certifications: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) (2016), Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling (2014)
Leadership & Volunteering: National Association of Social Workers (NASW) (Board Member and Chair), Volunteer Counselor at State Mental Health Helpline (2013-2015)
Publications: Co-authored paper in Journal of Clinical Social Work entitled 'Innovations in Family Therapy for Eating Disorders'
Continued Professional Development: Completed continuing education courses in Trauma-Informed Care and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety
Your Name
Mental Health Counselor
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE April 2019 - Present
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Used Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help 75+ patients with anxiety disorders reduce symptoms by 50%.
Directed family therapy sessions for 40+ families, promoting emotional well-being and familial harmony.
Designed and led group therapy sessions for patients with a range of mental health issues, leading to a patient engagement increase of 35%.
Managed crisis intervention for 200+ emergency cases, reducing hospitalization rates by 30%.
Developed customized mental health programs utilizing trauma therapy effectively resulting in a 70% improvement in patient mental health stability.
Green Valley Psychiatric Clinic February 2015 - March 2019
Associate Mental Health Counselor
Developed psychology-based treatment plans for 50+ patients improving individual mental health by 50%.
Provided counseling psychology services to adolescents, reducing school related stress by 40%.
Helped integrate Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) into practice, improving patient feedback response by 30%.
Resume Worded September 2012 - January 2015
Junior Mental Health Counselor
Worked with diverse groups of people in providing mental health counseling, resulting in increased cultural competency and a 15% improvement in patient satisfaction.
Coordinated post traumatic stress treatments for patients from difficult backgrounds, documenting a significant reduction of symptoms in 80% of cases.
Improved patient follow-ups by introducing modernized case management strategies, thereby increasing patient engagement by 20%.
Resume Worded Institute April 2019
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)
Specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Resume Worded University August 2012
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Focus on integrative health and nutrition in mental health
Recipient of the Counseling Excellence Scholarship (Top 5%)
Therapeutic Techniques: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Problem-Solving Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy
Therapy Tools: TherapyNotes, SIMPLE PRACTICE, CentralReach, TheraNest, CounSol, ICANotes
Specialized Areas: Substance abuse, Trauma and stress-related disorders, Mood disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Personality Disorders
Certifications: Narrative Therapy Certification, Motivational Interviewing Certification
Leadership & Volunteering: President, American Counseling Association - Local Chapter (2017-2019), Volunteer Counselor, Homeless Community Outreach (2017-Present)
Projects: Initiated and led a project on exploring the impact of nutrition on mental health

How do I add skills to a Mental Health Therapist resume?

Review the job posting closely.

Go through the Mental Health Therapist posting you're applying to, and identify hard skills the company is looking for. For example, skills like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mental Health and Group Therapy are possible skills. These are skills you should try to include on your resume.

Add industry skills like Counseling Psychology and Mental Health Counseling.

Add other common skills from your industry - such as Crisis Intervention, Psychotherapy and Family Therapy - into your resume if they're relevant.

Add skills into your work experience.

Incorporate skills - like Social Services, Post Traumatic Stress and Behavioral Health - into your work experience too. This shows hiring managers that you have practical experience with these tools, techniques and skills.

Use the exact job title.

Try to add the exact job title, Mental Health Therapist, somewhere into your resume to get past resume screeners. See the infographic for how to do this.

Word Cloud for Mental Health Therapist Skills & Keywords

The following word cloud highlights the most popular keywords that appear on Mental Health Therapist job descriptions. The bigger the word, the more frequently it shows up on employer's job postings. If you have experience with these keywords, include them on your resume.

Top Mental Health Therapist Skills and Keywords to Include On Your Resume

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What skills should you add to a Mental Health Therapist resume?

On top Mental Health Therapist resumes, skills like Psychotherapy, Mental Health, Mental Health Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Counseling Psychology and Crisis Intervention appear most often.

Depending on the exact role you're applying to, skills like Social Services, Trauma Therapy, Post Traumatic Stress, Behavioral Health and Mindfulness can also be effective keywords to include on your resume.

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