Mental Health Counsellor

at The Yonge Street Mission (view profile)
Location Toronto, Canada
Date Posted June 20, 2022
Category Other
Job Type Full-time


The Yonge Street Mission (YSM) is the vibrant, local Christian development agency that is leading a collective movement - going beyond meeting immediate needs by offering holistic programs and a pathway that can transform the lives of people living with poverty in Toronto.

Since 1896, YSM has provided wraparound support and services, making it possible for individuals, families, and communities to move forward. We believe if we combine our collective resources and wisdom, together we can reach our goal of ending chronic poverty in a generation. If you are inspired by our vision and feel a true calling to contribute to our work in transforming the lives of people living with poverty in Toronto from merely surviving to thriving, then this is where you belong.

We are seeking a full-time Mental Health Counsellor to support our Mental Health and Counselling Services Department, as we work to achieve our ambitious goal to end chronic poverty in Toronto in one generation. The Mental Health Counsellor will provide evidence based psychotherapy to address mental health barriers of individuals, couples and families impacted by poverty, supporting their goals and growth. We work holistically and collaboratively to ensure they reach positive outcomes towards mental health stability and their full potential.


Reporting directly to the Manager, Mental Health & Counselling Services; the successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • Conduct bio-psycho-social intake and  formulate treatment plan with a trauma informed knowledge, client centred and strength based approach
  • Provide clinical counselling and work in collaboration with internal and external resources to support client growth towards their identified goals and employment focus
  • Ensure high quality clinical interventions by reviewing and researching update evidence based best practices
  • Deliver remotely and in-person as needed, goal-focused treatment and intervention plans in partnership with individuals, couples and families, working towards improving functioning at home, school/work, and in the community based upon comprehensive, strength-based assessment
  • Creatively develop and facilitate psychoeducational workshops and group work to address mental health barriers remotely and in-person as required.
  • Maintain client records according to professional standards of their affiliated regulated body and maintain accurate YSM monthly statistical information.
  • Respond and deescalate community members mental health crises during working hours as needed
  • Maintain an ongoing network among other YSM staff to ensure integration of support and care management to enhance client success and positive outcomes


The successful candidate will have the following skills and training:

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Clinical Psychology or Counselling.
  • Registration and good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and/or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and possess professional liability insurance .
  • Minimum 3 years (preferably post-graduate) working with youth, adults and families living with low income and or experiencing poverty.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience conducting bio-psycho-social assessments, providing evidence informed interventions with youth, adults and families experiencing mental health conditions as challenges to obtain and or maintain a meaningful income.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with multi-need clients utilizing a therapeutic goal-focused approach
  • Demonstrates knowledge and experience to practice remotely and in person counselling and group sessions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work from and implement a strengths-based and trauma informed philosophy of services.
  • Knowledge of and experience in the delivery of evidence based clinical interventions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing , Brief Solution Focused therapy, Emotionally focused Therapy and Trauma informed therapy.
  • Experience in providing family therapy.
  • Sensitivity to and ability to work with a diverse client and staff group.
  • Strong care management, administrative and organizational skills
  • Ability to work in collaboration with other staff for a common goal
  • Knowledge of relevant community resources and strong networking skills.
  • Excellent personal management skills , effectively manage time and multiple responsibilities


  • A police check will be required / First Aid & CPI training is an asset
  • Demonstrated commitment to YSM’s principles of faith, mission and values
  • Able to provide flexibility in schedule where required
  • Ability to work some evenings may be required

Deadline for Application: July 15, 2022

Resume and cover letter should articulate your alignment with the above qualifications, and why YSM’s values, principles of faith and mission uniquely resonate with you.

While we appreciate all responses, only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Learn more about YSM at

Date posted: June 20, 2022