Michael A. Lythgoe

mlythgoe@Naropa.edu | 303-245-4866

Core Candidate Assistant Professor
Core Faculty


MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Somatic Counseling Body Psychotherapy - Core Faculty
MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Somatic Counseling Dance/Movement Therapy - Core Faculty


MA, PhD Candidate, Virginia Tech
Naropa University
Virginia Military Institute

Michael A. Lythgoe is an expert group leader, somatic oriented counselor, and adult educator with unique experience creating dynamic change and sustainable growth for more than 20 years in government, business, not-for-profit, educational, and healing communities. Mike’s strengths include emotional and social intelligence, practical and transpersonal psychology, contemporary adult education, and the use of creativity and play in learning and growth. Mike holds a BA in Economics from the Virginia Military Institute, has earned a MA in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University, and is currently a PhD candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision from Virginia Tech. In addition to his formal university studies, Mike has trained in massage therapy, Healing Touch, gestalt and psychodrama, and other various healing and psychotherapeutic modalities.

Mike is currently an assistant professor, body psychotherapy concentration coordinator and core candidate at Naropa University, teaching in the Somatic Counseling program within the Graduate School of Counseling & Psychology. He also maintains a small private practice in psychotherapy and change management. As an educator and scholar, Mike’s research interests include counselor education and supervision; the use of touch, movement and the body in psychotherapy; counselor development through multi-cultural perspectives; men’s mental health; and healthy human sexuality.

From the Heart

Naropa University is a great place for me to teach. It embodies an education for counselors to explore the body mind and spirit connection that is so vital to training contemporary, multi-culturally competent counselors. Naropa students enter with deep interest in these connections and develop in this challenging field. I am honored to be a part of this training program.


Contemporary counselor education, development and supervision Counselor multicultural competence. The person of the therapist Body/Mind integration in counseling Healthy human sexuality

Courses Taught

Advanced Counseling Skills
Research and Program Evaluation
Master's Paper Seminar
Body Movement Observation and Assessment Foundations of Body Psychotherapy
Social and Multicultural Foundations

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