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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Concentration in Low-Residency Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling

Clinical experience, academic rigor and deep self-reflection are hallmarks of the Low-Residency Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling program at Naropa University.

Now more than ever, the world needs mental health professionals who treat the whole person — body, mind and spirit. In Naropa’s transpersonal degree program in clinical mental health counseling, you’ll engage in personal healing work, practicing mindfulness and self-compassion. As a result, you’ll be well-equipped to help others improve their emotional, mental and community well-being.

This fall, students will be engaging two new courses, Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Legal and Ethical Aspects of Counseling. The content and learning experiences presented in these courses was formerly distributed across several courses, and with this change Naropa provides more dedicated space for student learning on these two critical areas of professional counseling.

This low-residency transpersonal counseling program meets you where you are, educating you with online coursework from your own home, as well as in-person intensives and hands-on practicums. Study part-time from home, anywhere in the United States, and earn your degree in three years. At Naropa, transpersonal counseling isn’t just a career path, it’s a journey toward personal healing and meaningful service. And like all true change, it starts right where you are — at home.

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Quick Facts


Hours of Clinical Experience


Intensives Each Year (4 Online, 2 In-Person)

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Program Highlights

Intensives in the Rocky Mountains

Though the majority of your coursework and clinical experience will take place in your own zip code, you will complete a total of six in-person intensives as part of your transpersonal counseling degree.

Held in the beautiful Rocky Mountains in and around Naropa’s hometown of Boulder, Colo., the in-person intensives are opportunities for deepening your learning, practicing mindfulness, and connecting with your Naropa community.

Dedicated Program Faculty

Work with accomplished faculty who embody mindfulness in practice and are committed to helping you grow into an effective mindfulness-based transpersonal counselor.

Chair of the Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling program, Dr. Jhan Doughty-Berry has twenty years of experience as a counselor, faculty member, researcher, university administrator, and a nationally recognized leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is trained in mindfulness-based counseling, breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation, to help those with eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. Doughty-Berry is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with post-doctoral training in Psychiatry and Public Health from Yale University School of Medicine. She has researched and worked with individuals who were coping with long-term physical illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS and clients with great physical pain and is an advocate for those with disabilities.

Low-Residency Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Courses

The classes you’ll take in this 60-credit-hour program offer theoretical grounding in transpersonal psychology and counseling, in addition to extensive clinical experience and mindfulness training. Coursework outside of the intensives is asynchronous and completed on your own time; Zoom meetings with your professors and cohort will extend and seal in the knowledge you gain in class.

The Naropa Difference

Students at Naropa University are accustomed to practicing mindfulness and engaging in self-transformation. As a result, our graduates go on to become powerful changemakers. A commitment to service is central to our mission, and those who are called to Naropa are also called to serve others with compassion.

You and your future clients will benefit from Naropa’s culture of radical acceptance and authenticity. Grounded in rigorous academics, experiential learning and a commitment to spiritual growth, you’ll graduate with more than just a transpersonal counseling degree. You’ll leave here with a more fully realized version of yourself and a deepened capacity for service.

Mindfulness in Practice

Mindfulness is at the center of every course, intensive and clinical experience offered at Naropa. The Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling degree program emphasizes this focus on the here and now, transforming the role of the counselor to compassionate listener and guide. Naropa teaches that healing — for you and your future clients — takes place on mental, emotional and spiritual levels.

Compassionate Listening

At Naropa, instructors listen at least as much as they speak. This ability to listen with compassion and nonjudgement is at the core of Naropa’s philosophy; it is also an essential quality of skillful counselors. Your transpersonal counseling skills will be honed by the very culture of our university.

Experiential Learning

Naropa students gain expertise and embody their studies through hands-on, real-world experiences. The Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling degree program offers both a practicum and an internship, each an opportunity for clinical practice, self-examination and practicing mindfulness.

Students Transformed

Student Transformed

Learning Outcomes

Gain the clinical skills necessary to serve clients in private practice.
Open a Private Practice
Apply the principles of Gestalt Awareness within your counseling practice.
Work as a Gestalt Therapist
Put mindfulness in practice and use it to inspire healing in others.
Become a Mindfulness Teacher

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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.