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Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Arts

Preparing students to be compassionate, skilled, and knowledgeable professional counselors by drawing on the insights of the world wisdom traditions, experiential self-reflection, and contemporary empirical findings in order to work inclusively with diverse populations.


When you enroll in any one of Naropa University’s six concentrations of the MA Clinical Mental Health Counselingyou will receive an education infused with the knowledge, skills, professional competence, and compassionate presence we believe is essential to counseling education.

Naropa blends the best practices in the field with contemplative and mind/body integration to develop you as an instrument of healing, helping you cultivate the self-awareness and sensitivity to work inclusively with diverse populations. As part of a lively, socially engaged student body, you will help build a caring community, developing leadership skills and learning to balance personal and professional development. 

Classes at Naropa are small and engaged. Our faculty brings a depth of knowledge, experience, and expertise to the classroom as practitioners and professionals in the field of counseling. They are committed to assisting you in meeting the intellectual and emotional challenges of working intimately with individuals, families, groups, and communities in need.

We offer rigorous, state-of-the-art, and experiential learning opportunities to help you build confidence and prepare for your field placement. In both your practicum and internship, you will be able to choose from more than 80 agency settings including child services, hospice, schools, emergency services, and addiction recovery organizations.

In recognition of not only the diverse nature of individuals, but also the diverse approaches and routes to health and healing, the Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology offers six Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentrations, providing students the opportunity to deepen their practice as a helping professional.



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Student Highlight

“I felt a call rising in me to bring my livelihood into greater alignment with my calling to be an agent of awakening and healing on the planet. I wanted to return to school to study psychology, but knew I could not deny my emotional or spiritual being in my school work. I went online, looked at Naropa's counseling courses and read the mission statement and cried. Finally, here was a school expressing the wisdom I had gleaned from my own personal work.”

Amy Phillips
Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA 2018

Professional Counseling Licensure

Study in any one of the above concentrations leads to a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and prepares you to apply for licensure in all 50 states and many countries around the world. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Learn more about Licensure