Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a concentration in

Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling

Gain clinical counseling skills through the lens of world wisdom traditions at a Buddhist-inspired university named one of the best Counseling Psychology degree colleges in the United States.

Due to increased demand, the low-residency program now offers the option to start in January, May, or August. 

Naropa's Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling offers two delivery options. Both options can be completed in three years—the low-residency program can be completed part-time with three additional summer semesters.

Whether you choose the on-campus or low-residency program, you'll experience firsthand the profound effects of interpersonal connection and mindfulness practice. Then, you'll apply those transformative techniques during comprehensive clinical training.

Whether your aim is to open your own private practice, become a mindfulness teacher, or gain the skills towards becoming a Gestalt psychologist, Naropa can help you get there. Through deep introspection and interpersonal connection with faculty and fellow students, you'll find your unique path within mindfulness counseling.

Quick Facts







900 hours


of Clinical Internship Experience

of Clinical





of Intensive Community Practice

On-Campus or
Online Hybrid


Courses You Could Take

in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling

Led by supportive faculty who are passionate about mindfulness psychology, master's students in the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling concentration will experience both intellectual rigor and contemplative practice.


The transpersonal counseling curriculum balances hands-on experience with theoretical study. Students will explore the work of Jungian and Gestalt psychologists, practice meditation and personal introspection, examine world wisdom traditions, and engage in deep relational work with others. This blend of traditional and innovative approaches provides a foundation in mindfulness psychology that prepares students for lives of joyful and committed service.


Courses within the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling concentration include:

The Naropa Difference

If you've considered a master’s degree that integrates meditation, take your dedication to contemplative practice a step further with a program that offers insight into the self while also giving you the tools to help others.


Mindfulness Focus

As a university with a mission based on contemplative education, Naropa is dedicated to the practice of meditation and self-inquiry. Through the concentration in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling, students are introduced to methods of mindful counseling and are encouraged to increase self-awareness in their work as mental health practitioners. More in-depth than a mindfulness teacher certification, this master's degree program is an opportunity for deep personal reflection and intensive clinical experience. We support your dedication to mindfulness with on-campus meditation halls, group meditation retreats, body awareness work, and more.


On-Campus & Low-Residency Options

We developed two methods of delivery for the Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling concentration because we want to engage with students who are passionate about a future in mindful counseling, regardless of their zip code. You can complete your master's degree on campus in our Boulder-based contemplative community or through our low-residency program, a combination of online coursework and residential intensives. Either way, you'll gain between 700–900 clinical internship hours and finish your graduate degree in three years.

Whether you study from home or take up residence here in Boulder, we value your contribution to our transpersonal counseling community.


Clinical Experience

The concentration in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling prepares students for rewarding careers in clinical professions. In the final year of your graduate degree program, you will serve as a supervised intern in a community agency, gaining crucial experience in a specialty area such as addiction counseling or crisis intervention. Throughout the internship, you'll be supported by on-site supervision, faculty mentorship, and career development counseling in addition to your ongoing studies and transpersonal approaches.

Wherever your future as a counselor takes you — be it private practice, youth services, or trauma work — your clinical experience in mindfulness counseling will help your clients find healing and growth.

Other Concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology

Transform yourself and others in a graduate degree program that embraces the wisdom of Buddhist contemplative practice as well as modern humanistic psychological approaches. 

Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy

Prepare for practice as a psychotherapist in both clinical mental health settings and the great outdoors through a graduate degree program that explores the transformative power of nature.

Somatic Counseling: Body Psychotherapy

Learn to heal both mind and body using powerful somatic techniques that combine clinical mental health theory and body psychotherapy in a master’s degree that’s one of the first of its kind.

Somatic Counseling: Dance/Movement Therapy

Develop clinical skills in using movement as a tool for healing in a master's degree program that allows you to design a career around your love for dance.

Transpersonal Art Therapy

Learn how to use the healing power of art to treat the whole person in this graduate degree program that integrates transpersonal theory with clinical counseling approaches.

Students Transformed


“As a student at Naropa University, I was already a handful of years into my own recovery from substance abuse. While at Naropa, I not only learned the tools of therapy, but enriched my own recovery beyond description through the practices I learned and developed."

Quddus Fujita Maus

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling, 2015
Daphne Fatter

“After my master's program in Transpersonal Counseling at Naropa, I volunteered in the Consciousness Lab with Peter Grossenbacher, PhD, to gain more research experience. The experiential learning at Naropa prepared me for my doctoral program and also in my professional life after graduate school. In the workforce, Naropa has shaped my ability to maintain calm and be the present moment when I have worked with military veterans suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and also when working with trauma in my private practice.”

Daphne Fatter

Lucy Wallace

“After finishing my TCP graduate degree in 2009, I bought Alchemy of Movement (AOM) in central Boulder; AOM is a dance studio for all levels and backgrounds. After years of formal dance training in New York, I was happy to find a space that supported the joy of movement, rather than the competition of how I look in front of a mirror or audience. Naropa’s nontraditional approach to education pushed me in this alternative direction of offering dance/movement classes to those who may have been damaged (like myself) by former dance training and to those who had never stepped foot in a dance studio before.”

Lucy Wallace

2009 Graduate

What to Expect