Carla Clements | 303-478-9692

Associate Professor | Program Chair, Transpersonal Counseling Psychology


PhD, University of Colorado
MEd, Colorado State University
BA, Colorado State University

Dr. Clements has been in private psychotherapy practice for three decades and has been teaching at Naropa for the last 12 years. She has been the chair of the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Department for a total of 8 of those years. She is currently the Independent Rater for the MAPS supported study for psychotherapy assisted by MDMA to treat chronic, treatment-resistant cases of PTSD. This exciting research follows a long career focusing on trauma related difficulties and treatment. She is a long time yoga student and mindfulness practitioner, and is currently writing and editing a book on applications of transpersonal psychology for counselors.

Areas of Specialization

  • Transpersonal Counseling
  • Transpersonal Psychology
  • Consciousness Studies
  • Therapeutic Assessment
  • Trauma, PTSD
  • Group and Family systems therapies
  • Reichian and Gestalt therapies
  • Yoga
  • Musician: song writer, singer, guitarist published Creationship (1999)

Carla is a board certified, licensed professional counselor who has been practicing psychotherapy for 35 years in Denver and Boulder counties. She completed training in both Gestalt and Reichian therapy, and is also a certified yoga instructor. She teaches Transpersonal Psychology, Group Dynamics, Counseling Assessment, and Helping Relationships for the Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling, Art therapy and Wilderness therapy concentrations and Transpersonal Psychology for the low-residency Ecopsychology concentration. She has served as the Chair of the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Department for eight of the thirteen years she has been at Naropa. She has also taught courses in the Naropa Undergraduate College. Previously, she taught at Regis University and worked for the Denver Department of Human Services as an administrator in child placement.

Currently Carla is the Independent Rater for the MAPS sponsored Boulder study of MDMA assisted psychotherapy for chronic, treatment-resistant Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. This research is the third replication of Brazilian and Switzerland studies showing up to 80% symptom remission in subjects after single treatment protocol. Carla's expertise in trauma assessment and treatment was instrumental in her being chosen for this position. The second phase of the MAPS study will complete gathering data by late 2016; a third phase is planned. Please go to the MAPS website for detailed protocol and additional information. This research has received national and international attention for its potential in revolutionizing trauma treatment and ensuring the future of entheogenic research for human problems.

She is currently editing a book with Naropa colleague, Francis Kaklauskas (as well as Dan Hocoy and Louis Hoffman) entitled Shadows and Light: Philosophy, Practice and Pedagogy of Contemporary Transpersonal Counseling which is scheduled to be released Fall of 2016, which will coincide with our department's 25th Anniversary celebration. We'll be having a conference so watch for details!