Students of the mindfulness-based transpersonal counseling concentration

Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling

Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling is the study of psychology of the entire human—mind, heart, body, and spirit. 

As a student in Naropa University’s Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling concentration—part of the MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling program—you will not only explore human mental and emotional health, but you will also delve into mindfulness, meditation, Gestalt awareness as well as different states of consciousness, and the nature of creativity to help clients—and yourself—live the most joyous life possible. Through academic course work, deep introspection, including your own psychotherapy and mindfulness training, and 900 hours of clinical experience, you will come to a greater understanding of yourself, the world, and how you can ease the path for others. Graduates from Naropa’s Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling concentration program have gone on to become therapists in private practice, addiction counselors, mindfulness trainers, equine therapists, school counselors, grief counselors, and more.  

Two Ways to Attend

On-Campus or Hybrid - 2 Delivery Options

The master’s degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling is a 60-credit hour program that offers theoretical grounding in transpersonal psychology along with rigorous clinical and mindfulness training.

  • On-campus: Learn in a contemplative community
    Start in August and study on-campus in Boulder, Colorado. Complete the degree in three years.

    On-Campus Application

  • Hybrid: Transform yourself while keeping your zip code
    Start May 30, 2020 and study through a combination of online coursework, and on-campus intensives. Complete the degree in three years including three summer semesters. 

    Hybrid Program Application




Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Graduate Courses

Gestalt I and II
Psychology of Meditation I and II
Meditation Practicum I and II
Transpersonal Psychology I
Body Awareness



Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students demonstrate knowledge of core counseling curriculum.
  • Students demonstrate proficiency in clinical counseling skills.
  • Students demonstrate professional competence in counseling.
  • Students demonstrate mindfulness skills in the context of counseling including present moment awareness, non-judgment and compassionate interest in details of physical sensations, emotions and thoughts.
  • Students demonstrate familiarity with several models of Transpersonal Psychology and their applications to counseling, including multicultural considerations.
  • Students demonstrate increased knowledge, presence, warmth, and skill regarding their utilization of awareness, choice, contact, and authenticity in the Gestalt approach to mindfulness-based transpersonal counseling.


Naropa Community Counseling Center

Intern within the Community

Serve the Boulder community as a supervised intern during your third year of graduate study at the Naropa Community Counseling Center. Offering contemplative and mindfulness healing services, the center makes cutting-edge psychotherapy affordable by providing it to low- and middle-income people on a sliding fee-basis.

Students learning in the classroom

Alumni Highlight

Founder and director of the Louisville Wellness Center in Louisville, Colorado

— Michelle Frieswyk-Johnson
MA Transpersonal Counseling Psychology

Diane Israel

Faculty Spotlight

At Naropa, there is opportunity to create new models for what is possible
on the planet.
Here, we co-create these possibilities through relationships with a
community of learners.

— Diane Israel
Faculty, Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling