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Ref: CW:PT

Primary Therapist – Lakewood & Colorado Springs

Mackenzie Stuart is working with one of the Colorado’s leading substance use disorder treatment organizations. They are looking for a Primary Therapist to support the delivery of high-quality treatment within their PHP, IOP and Op program. You would serve as an exemplar, by reflecting the organizations mission and treatment philosophies to all employees and clients.


Our client is a leading substance use disorder treatment organization, with over multiple locations across Colorado, with plans to continue growth over the next few years. Their goal is to enable those suffering with addiction, to be able to access affordable and respectful treatment, and to deliver the highest quality care using a client-centered model.

My client strongly believes that long-term recovery from addiction is linked to component of life that are outside the reach of medical care, therefore my client’s model is intended to fit into the schedules of patient’s normal life, and this is reflected in their abstinence rates.



The Primary Therapist will be responsible for conducting biopsychosocial assessments for new clients in lines with the DSM 5 criteria and attaining the quality goals of the organization and region, in addition to helping to implement new clinical policies, protocols and initiatives. They will manage a schedule and caseload that supports the needs of the program and region and further develop their clinical skill set and knowledge of company roles and responsibilities as it relates to the clinical service model.

Conducts individual and group counseling using proven approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral treatment, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and 12-step facilitation principles. EMDR is a plus. Facilitate patient awareness, understanding, and motivation to change related to addiction, mental illness, and recovery issues.

Key responsibilities would include but are not limited to, ‘unlocking’ great clinical outcomes for clients through providing consistent, high-quality counselling activities, conducting intake assessments, the use of clinical tools in order to monitor clinical progress and promote recovery, and foster community by utilizing the outlined curriculum, engage in the community by creating referrals and provide individual support, as needed, such as crisis intervention.

As the Primary Therapist, you will have to work with multidisciplinary teams including but not limited to admissions to coordinate new intakes and billing in order to ensure 100% completion and accuracy of notes weekly. Maintaining very high client and family satisfaction scores, as evidenced by a net promoter score (NPS) above 70 and strong client satisfaction surveys is very important. Additionally, they must maintain a high clinical team satisfaction (above 80%) and retention (successful 90-day reviews for 80% of hires) for any future reports; accomplished via coaching, training, supervision, and reviews.

Candidate Requirements

The suitable candidate must have minimum 2 years’ experience providing chemical dependency and/or mental health counseling. All applicants must have a master’s degree and require licensure or certification: LAC, LCSW, LPC, LMFT. Applicants can also be 6 months away for achieving licensure to apply. All applicants must have a two-year freedom from substance use problems.

Candidates are expected to be team players and inspiring, caring with a deep investment in their client’s success. However, although required to build strong and positive relationships with clients, appropriate boundaries and accountability should be maintained.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential in order to work collaboratively with providers, care navigators, peer recovery coaches, and other professional colleagues.

Key skills desired include the ability to make high quality clinical decisions that align with Groups’ policies, procedures, counseling manual, and Core Milestones of Recovery framework.


Mackenzie Stuart is a leading executive search and selection business. From our offices in Leeds, London & Toronto we provide retained and contingency recruitment solutions across industry and have specialist recruitment consultants that work within the Oil & Gas, Mining, Infrastructure & Built Environment, Medical & Scientific, Healthcare, Education, Finance & Accountancy, Insurance, Water, Chemicals, Ingredients & Flavours, Automation, FMCG and Logistics sectors.

If you feel you are suitable for this role please apply below.

Job Reference: CW:PT

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Salary Range

$50,000 - 70,000


Colorado, US