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Discover your personal expression of service in Naropa’s Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology. We’ll help you uncover the insight and compassion you need to heal yourself and others.

If you feel called to become a mental health counselor, a master’s program in psychology is an essential part of that journey.

Naropa’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs are uniquely designed to balance personal and professional development. You’ll graduate with a stronger sense of self and the confidence to use a social justice framework in supporting individuals, families, and communities in need. 

As an instrument of healing, compassion for yourself and others is a powerful tool. That’s why we use a holistic approach to behavioral health, one that encourages introspection and mind/body awareness. 

As you explore your own biases, life experiences, and personal philosophies, you will develop the skills to become a compassionate therapist who is fully present for your clients.



Professional Licensure 


Expert Faculty

The master’s in counseling psychology programs at Naropa are rich with highly accomplished faculty. Among your instructors, you will find authors, filmmakers, spiritual leaders, and dedicated practitioners of meditation and mindfulness. As experienced counselors and dedicated scholars, your instructors can share wisdom based on strong theoretical backgrounds and lived experience. 

Compassionate Pedagogy

Grounded in their commitment to contemplative education and the belief in each person’s innate goodness, our faculty lead with compassion. They listen deeply and engage thoughtfully with each student. With their guidance, your graduate degree becomes more than a credential. Rather, it is an opportunity to heal yourself — and learn to heal others — through empathy, self-awareness, and community engagement. 

Scholarship Opportunities 

Naropa strives to help all aspiring students find the means to accomplish their goals. As such, we offer a host of funding opportunities, from graduate assistantships to scholarships specific to our graduate counseling psychology programs, including the Bernie Mareck Scholarship for Art Therapy students and the Oso Tinker Wilderness Therapy Scholarship.

Mindful U Podcast

Describing a defining moment from their time at Naropa, one student recalls having a panic attack in the middle of a Human Development class. "Upon leaving," the student says, "[faculty member] Diane Israel walked outside with me, told me to shake my body, fling my limbs, and breathe. I have never been the same since."

Quick Facts

  • 7 Distinct Concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • 3 Years to Your Graduate Degree
  • 700-900 Hours of Clinical Internship Experience



Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology

This counseling psychology program offers deep personal transformation through meditation and a deep dive into Buddhist psychology. Earn your master’s degree while becoming a compassionate, skilled counselor.

Residential Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling

Earn your graduate counseling degree either on-campus or through this program’s low-residency option. Either way, you’ll gain clinical counseling skills and become well-versed in a contemplative, transpersonal approach to therapy.

Transpersonal Art Therapy

Heal yourself through art as you learn to use art as a therapeutic tool for others. This transformative graduate program in counseling psychology integrates your passion for art with your call to serve.

Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy

Discover the healing power of nature in a unique counseling psychology program that integrates immersive wilderness study, transpersonal psychology, and hands-on therapeutic training.

Somatic Therapy: Dance/Movement Therapy

Express yourself through dance and other forms of creative movement in a master’s program that approaches psychotherapy through the lenses of mindfulness, inclusivity, and the physical body.

Somatic Therapy: Body Psychotherapy

Uncover the body’s capacity for healing the mind in this deeply immersive somatic counseling graduate program. Learn to harness the power of the mind/body connection to facilitate healing and transformation.


I am being trained to speak about my experience in an honest way. I am being transformed into a better listener. I am taking academic risks that are pushing me to be a better student. After Naropa, I see myself being a leader in my field. I think this is because I am tapping more deeply into a more authentic self.
Sarah Strain, Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology, 2016


Naropa is unique in allowing me to explore fully my own curiosities as well as my strengths, weaknesses, fears, doubts, hopes, and wishes. By providing me with plentiful opportunities to engage my holistic self in challenging and rewarding inquiries, Naropa is paving the way for me to become an effective and compassionate therapist.
Jun Akiyama, Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology, 2018