The South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency (SAHARA) is a non-profit organization providing services to survivors of all forms of abuse in the South Asian community by providing them with culturally-sensitive and linguistically-specific services.
SAHARA’s staff culture is collaborative, respectful, and supportive. We are a team of professionals who share a mission to serve the victims of our community and empower them to live full and successful lives, free of fear and violence.
Mental Health Therapist
20-30 Hours per week
The South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency (SAHARA) is a non-profit organization providing services to survivors of all forms of abuse in the South Asian community by providing them with culturally-sensitive and linguistically-specific services. SAHARA’s staff culture is collaborative, respectful, and supportive. We are a team of professionals who share a mission to serve the victims of our community and empower them to live full and successful lives, free of fear and violence.
JOB SUMMARY: i
The Associate Marriage and Family Therapist provides mental health program activities including psychotherapy, counseling, and advocacy – both long and short-term. SAHARA’s clients are often survivors of gender-based violence, including domestic abuse and sexual assault. Clients range in age from youth through older adults. Most clients are from South Asian communities. Supervision by Licensed Doctor of Psychology is provided.
Responsibilities may include some or all of:
- Conduct individual and group counseling/therapy sessions in accordance with the appropriate mental health board laws and code of ethics.
- Conduct mental health intake and assessments.
- Provide crisis intervention.
- Provide medical and legal referrals to participants, as needed.
- Write clinical case notes for counseling/psychotherapy sessions per professional requirements.
- Write reports for court cases for participants when applicable per agency policy.
- Facilitate support groups.
- Ensure confidentiality and HIPAA compliance.
- Represent SAHARA at community events and meetings related to mental health.
- Conduct workshops / presentations on mental health and emotional well-being.
- Ensure documentation of all mental health requirements of program funders including grant reporting and tracking data.
- Ability to communicate in English and fluency in understanding and speaking one or more South Asian languages – Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bangla, Telagu, and/or Nepali
- Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, with intern number. Well versed in the laws and ethics that govern the mental health field.
- Accept SAHARA-provided supervision for pre-licensure hours or provide documentation of BBS-approved supervision of SAHARA client hours.
- Unbiased sensitivity and deep awareness of South Asian cultural nuances.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- High degree of professionalism and accountability.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion.
- Excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task.
- Exceptional customer service skills.
- Excellent client-centered attendance and punctuality.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Power Point)
- Valid California Driver’s License and transportation.
Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment including a computer, stamina to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions, strength to lift and carry files weighing up to 10 pounds; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.
Local travel required.
Please send cover letter and resume: firstname.lastname@example.org
Only applicants meeting the criteria stated above will be contacted
Principals only; no recruiters please; do not contact with unsolicited services or offers
EOE – Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities encouraged to apply
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GITA RAI, M.A., AMFT #110251
Gita is originally from the Bay Area but is now loving her new home in Southern California! She began working in the South Asian Community in 2015 as an MFT Trainee for a San Francisco based domestic violence clinic where Gita provided linguistically specific counseling services to South Asian survivors of intimate partner violence. She wanted to find a way to help support survivors in which they learn how to empower themselves while still maintaining healthy relationships.
After many years of working in collaborative settings with psychiatrists and case managers supporting survivors through a variety of work experiences from trauma, mood and psychotic disorders, familial conflict, abuse, and identity integration, in 2019, Gita returned to her passion –working with survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault at SAHARA (South Asian Helpline and Referrals) in Artesia, CA.
In her free time, she enjoys yoga and spending time with her dog, Lily.