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Graduate School of Counseling

Discover your personal expression of service in Naropa’s Graduate School of Counseling. 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.

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Professional Licensure

Alumnx of the Graduate School of Counseling (GSC) have successfully obtained licensure throughout the United States and internationally.

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.

Personal Transformation

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.”

Find Your Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

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.

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

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 call to serve.

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

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.

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.

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This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and uncover your potential. Where you discover the work you’re moved to do—then use it to transform our world.

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.