Title: Counselling Therapist

Employer:  Ledgehill for men / Ledgehill for women

Status: Full Time, In-person

Location:  Middleton/Lawrencetown.  Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia


Ledgehill is currently looking for a full-time Counselling Therapist to join our interprofessional team including psychiatry, family medicine, psychotherapy and occupational therapy.  We employ compassionate and motivated counselling professionals for our two addiction and mental health residential treatment facilities.  This is an exciting opportunity to join our team that is focused on quality care, by using best practice treatment, teamwork and respect.

These spacious centres are located in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley, where the extensive properties, abundant nature, and lovely views create opportunities for a peaceful recovery away from normal stressors.

Reporting to the Clinical Director, our Counselling Therapists provide counselling and psycho-educational programming to clients dealing with addiction and mental health concerns.  We endorse a broad and flexible approach to client care and recovery, while relying on our allies in the recovery and treatment community for client support.  Our interdisciplinary team is collaborative and supportive, and staff have the opportunity to develop their skills with a rich variety of clinical interactions.

Our motivated clients enjoy exceptional outcomes in an exceptional setting, with long-term follow-up to maintain their connection to their goals.


  • Provision of individual treatment, education and ongoing assessment of progress to Ledgehill patients using evidence-based modalities including: cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), interpersonal therapy, and trauma-informed care.
  • Facilitation of abstinence-based, relapse prevention individual and group-based education and content.
  • Identification of treatment goals with patients, coordinating across broader clinical teams when appropriate.
  • Delivery of high quality psychoeducational and process groups using evidence-based modalities.
  • Case coordination and communication across an inter-professional team both within Ledgehill and with external providers.
  • Collaboration with other stakeholders in the development, implementation and follow-up of the patient’s aftercare plan including referrals to abstinence-based recovery programs (e.g. AA, CA, NA, SMART, etc). Prepare comprehensive discharge summaries in timely manner.
  • Completion of detailed documentation and charting appropriately and in a timely manner in accordance with relevant College standards.
  • Liaise with patient’s family, referral sources, community providers, EAP representatives, case managers and other members of the circle of care on a regular and timely basis.
  • Engage in personal and professional development, maintain appropriate professional associations, and provide current documentation to the Human Resources Department.
  • Provide supervision to students on placement at Ledgehill. The Counselling Therapist is expected to supervise a student from an appropriate professional program on a yearly basis.
  • Undertake Quality Assurance (QA) activities as assigned including completion of outcome measures.
  • Other duties as assigned, including providing coverage in other programs as required.


  • Completion of a Master’s degree program in Counselling, Social Work, Psychotherapy
  • Registration in good standing as required by the provincial regulatory body, e.g. NSCCT.
  • 3 years practical and related experience preferred. Experience facilitating group programs/therapy is required.
  • Experience working in a residential mental health and addiction treatment setting is considered a strong asset.
  • Knowledge of abstinence-based community resources and supports is considered a strong asset.
  • Knowledge of multiple treatment modalities including: cognitive behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy, and interpersonal therapy.
  • Ability to perform duties in a professional and courteous manner and produce high quality work while meeting deadlines in accordance to Ledgehill standards.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with all members of the health care team both within Ledgehill and with external agencies.
  • Exercise initiative and good judgment with ability to multi-task in a fast paced, challenging environment, often with competing priorities.
  • Experience working with military and/or first responder cultures considered a strong asset.
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development in mental health and addiction assessment and treatment is highly desirable.


 The compensation for this position will be commensurate with the experience, qualifications and education of the candidate.

Successful candidates will be required to provide a vulnerable sector check and proof of double COVID-19 vaccination and assume any associated costs as a condition of employment.


Only qualified candidates will be considered for this position. Please submit resumes to Eileen Kempton, Operations Manager, Ledgehill for men and Ledgehill for women.

Ledgehill is committed to diversity and values inclusion. We welcome applications from visible minority groups, women, aboriginal persons, person with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and others who may contribute to diversity within the organization. In particular, we encourage applications from individuals with lived experience in the areas of addictions and mental health.

please send resumes to: [email protected]

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