How to Apply         

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Somatic Counseling Body Psychotherapy

The MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Somatic Counseling Body Psychotherapy program is currently accepting applications for fall 2019. To apply to this program, please follow the steps below.

Preferred submission date: January 15, 2019

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Admissions at 303-546-3572 (1-800-772-6951) or at

Submit an Application

Apply to one of Naropa University's graduate programs in one of the following ways:

  1. Apply online and pay the $60 nonrefundable application fee. This is the preferred method for applying.
  2. Print a paper application. Complete and send along with a $60 check made payable to Naropa University.

Application documents should be sent to:

Naropa University
Office of Admissions
2130 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302

If your current financial situation warrants waiving of your application fee, submit a fee waiver request.

Apply Online


Naropa University requires transcripts from any and all institutions where undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed, and it is very important that you successfully complete the coursework entered on your application. An official transcript of a conferred bachelor's degree must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to beginning graduate coursework.

Transcripts that are uploaded as part of your application are not considered official; however, we encourage electronic submission at time of application to expedite an admissions decision.

If mailing, official transcripts should be sent to:

Naropa University
Office of Admissions
2130 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302

Electronic official transcripts are acceptable if submitted through a secure document sending service. Transcripts sent through email, as an attachment, will not be accepted as official. Electronic transcripts may be sent to

If you completed any coursework at a foreign college or university (other than a study abroad program), an international education evaluation is required.

Statement of Interest and Supplemental Essays

Statement of interest

Please refer to the following when writing your essay: 

  • Body Psychotherapy: Caldwell, C. (1997) Getting In Touch: The guide to the new body-centered psychotherapies. Wheaton, IL: Quest books.
  • Contemplative Reading: Siegel, D. (2007). The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
  • Multiculturalism, Diversity: Sue, D. W., & Sue, D. (2013). Counseling the culturally diverse: Theory and practice, 6th edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

All of Naropa University's counseling programs offer skills training and counseling career preparation, diversity work, contemplative practice, community engagement, and deep personal reflection. Given this and your understanding of the assigned readings for this application, please respond to the following prompt:

  • Naropa invites students to transform themselves and transform the world. What is one thing you would like to transform about yourself while training to be a counselor/ body psychotherapist? What is one thing you would like to transform in the world and how would a degree in Somatic Counseling from Naropa enable you to do this?

Supplemental essays

Through supplemental essays we hope to uncover your level of exposure to and experience with different forms of movement, sensory awareness, and body-based expression from your essays. Please limit your answers to a total of 500 words for each section.

Supplemental Essay I

List and describe your training and describe how this training supports your interest in working psychotherapeutically with the human body. The following is required:

  • Minimum of 2 semesters or 250 hours of training in a body-mind discipline (This may include energetic healing practices, body/mind psychotherapy trainings, outdoor trainings, physical and occupational therapies, bodywork, martial arts, and yoga/movement practices, to name a few)

How are your current somatic practices informed or supported by your awareness of internal sensation and body-based processes?

 Supplemental Essay II

A minimum of 100 hours of either paid or volunteer fieldwork experience is required. Fieldwork can be in a supervised setting in the mental health field or through work in a community facility or service organization.

  • Please describe what you have done to complete the required fieldwork experience in direct service to others. What have you learned about yourself from this experience as it pertains to becoming a counselor? Please discuss the Multiculturalism, Diversity reading as you answer this question

Please include both supplemental essays in one document with headings indicating the start of each essay.


Your resume/CV should detail all pertinent academic, employment, and volunteer history with exact dates of participation.

Submit your Documents

Submit copies of your official transcript(s), statement of interest, supplemental essays, and resume/CV.

Upload your documents 

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required.

Recommendations must be from pertinent academic or professional sources, and may not be from family members, spouses, friends, or current or former therapists or spiritual advisors.



Due to the number of applications received each year, it may not be possible to schedule an interview for every candidate. The Office of Admissions will assess a candidate’s completed application to determine if the candidate will move forward in the process and be invited to an interview. On-campus interviews are a required part of the admissions process.

The 2019 interview dates are:

  • Saturday, February 23
  • Saturday, March 16
  • Saturday, April 27
Prerequisite Coursework & Experience

Body-Mind Experience 

  • Minimum of 2 semesters or 250 hours of training in a body-mind discipline

 Prerequisite Coursework 

The following courses from an accredited academic institution:

  • 3 semester credit course in Introduction to Psychology
  • 3 semester credit course in Abnormal Psychology OR Theories of Personality
  • 3 semester credit course in Human Anatomy OR Anatomy with Kinesiology

All courses are subject to approval and may require additional documentation such as a syllabus or course description. 

A grade of "C" or above is required for all prerequisite coursework. All prerequisites are to be completed at accredited academic institutions for credit (not pass/fail or audited). Applicants must submit an official transcript showing proof of completion of the prerequisite coursework and bachelor's degree by June 30, 2019. To ensure that transcripts of coursework arrive to the Office of Admissions by June 30, 2019, we strongly recommend that all coursework is completed no later than June 1, 2019.

Application Status

We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at MyNaropa. Once your application form has been processed by the Office of Admissions you will receive login information via email.

Financial Aid

Domestic applicants: learn more about how to apply for financial aid.

International applicants: learn more about how to apply for financial aid.

International Applicants

In addition to the graduate admissions requirements, international applicants must also complete the following international applicant admissions requirements:

English Proficiency Testing

International applicants must document their English language proficiency by submitting scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests. Applicants must earn the following required scores:

    • Internet test (iBT): 80 or higher
    • Computer test (cBT): 213 or higher
    • Paper test (pBT): 550 or higher
    • 6.5 or higher

Exceptions are granted for applicants from countries where English is one of the official national languages.

Non-U.S. Education Records

Applicants (including U.S. citizens and permanent residents educated outside of the U.S.) must have all non-U.S. records of secondary and/or post-secondary education evaluated by a professional international education evaluation service. In this case, all non-U.S transcripts should be sent to one of the below evaluation service providers, not to Naropa University. Once the evaluation is completed, the applicant should request that the report be sent directly to: Naropa University, Office of Admissions (2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302).

Naropa works with the three following credential evaluation services.  Evaluations will not be accepted by other services.

  1. Global Academic Evaluators (, 720-298-9564)
  2. Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. (, 305-273-1616)
  3. World Education Services (, 212-966-6311)

All undergraduate and graduate applicants must submit a complete course-by-course evaluation.

Please note: international applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree at an accredited U.S. institution do not need to provide an evaluated transcript.

If accepted to Naropa University, international students are required to submit the following: