Counseling Psychology

Counseling Psychology Concentration

The Counseling Psychology concentration is designed for individuals who want an overall orientation to the field of counseling from a transpersonal and humanistic point of view.

The course work emphasizes experiential learning with a strong focus on presence in the here and now. This focal point of study is grounded in the counseling relationship, meditation practice, and Gestalt principles. Theory is integrated in classes that emphasize direct learning through personal growth and the guided development of interpersonal skills. A nonviolent approach to communication is part of our fundamental methodology.

Together these approaches challenge you to engage in deep inner investigation as well as focused relational work. This exploratory process is balanced with reflection and shared observations with others.

Developing Your Personal and Professional Identity

You will be encouraged to develop a therapeutic approach that matches your interests, abilities, and talents, since learning to "know thyself" is a key tenet of the field of transpersonal psychology. You will be encouraged to listen within to discover the unique gift you possess and can offer others. Feedback from faculty and peers in the program enhances the growth and personal discovery that you will experience throughout the program. You will be supported and challenged in this process by faculty that provides diverse points of view.

A Diverse and Intimate Learning Environment

A selective admissions process admits up to forty-eight students into the Counseling Psychology concentration each year. Students weave in and out of classes with each other, as well as with individuals from the Art Therapy and Wilderness Therapy concentrations. This mix assures contact and interaction with a diverse array of students, and provides a healthy environment for developing friendship and collegiality.

Each semester of study also involves concentrated learning experiences with small groups. These classes, of no more than ten to twelve students, provide yearlong experiences of working intimately with peers.

Elective Offerings and Specialized Studies

The Counseling Psychology concentration offers you a broad range of electives to meet a variety of interests in counseling and transpersonal studies. Emphases in several areas allow you to go in-depth within one area of study, or select from a diverse array to complement your required studies.

The faculty members who teach these courses are practitioners and specialists in their areas. Course work is designed to enhance your personal and professional awareness and knowledge. Available electives include:

  • Ecopsychology
  • Couples and family therapy
  • Child and adolescent therapy
  • Addictions and Jungian psychology
  • Meditation retreats

(Note: Offerings of electives subject to change. Please speak with an Admissions representative for availability of specific electives).

Flexible Scheduling Plan

We realize that pursuing an advanced degree while juggling work, families, and other issues can be a big concern. To give you the most options for continuing your education, the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program has expanded its Counseling Psychology course offerings. Schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor now to learn more.

Upon completion of the three-year degree program, graduates will receive an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Counseling Psychology.

Request more information about the MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology: Counseling Psychology.