Naropa University’s concentration in Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology—part of our Clinical Mental Health Counseling master's degree—is a counseling program that grounds itself in the Buddhist contemplative wisdom tradition and includes current humanistic psychological approaches to give you the insight and skills to show up fully for yourself and others.
Develop insight, connections and skill in your large and small group process classes. Cultivate self awareness through meditation classes and retreats. Discover your inherent compassion to guide others with humility and grace.
Equipped with outstanding mindfulness skills and awareness, Naropa’s Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology alumni go on to become counselors in agency and private practice settings, case managers, and mental health center directors. Alumni earn doctorate degrees, establish new treatment programs, or go on to teach nationally and internationally.
As part of Naropa's graduate Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology program, your third year experience also includes weekly meditation with classmates and small group tutorials.
Many students intern in the community while others complete their internship at the Naropa Community Counseling Center.
Develop compassion for yourself and others. Deepen your meditation practice through the 9 weeks you’ll spend throughout your program in intensive retreat practice: a blend of mindfulness awareness meditation, individual meditation instruction, lectures, walking meditation, and community work practice.
Through meditation classes, retreats, and individual instruction, the three-year Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology concentration in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree program will help you recognize the inherent wisdom or "brilliant sanity" we are born with. This provides the foundation for your study of Buddhist and humanistic approaches to counseling and to begin your clinical work.
“Brilliant sanity is understood to be our very nature. It is understood to be who we already are in that, when we relax, that’s what we experience. When we stop trying to be somebody else, it’s already there, we don’t have to go and find it. In fact from a Buddhist point of view it’s constantly coming through, it’s constantly showing up anyway. It’s more a question of uncovering than developing.”
— Karen Kissel Wegela, PhD
Professor of Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology
Long-time faculty member and former department director of Naropa University’s Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology program