Somatic Counseling (Body Psychotherapy)

Naropa University

36 months
24200 USD/year
24200 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Somatic Counseling (Body Psychotherapy) concentration at Naropa University delves deeply into the history of the use of the body in counseling and psychotherapy as well as the current explorations in the field of mental health that are recognizing the critical importance of the body/mind connection in healing, learning, and growth. 


As a Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree student with a concentration in Somatic Counseling (Body Psychotherapy) at Naropa University, you will combine the study of clinical mental health theory and practice with work in body psychotherapy. 

The program places great value and importance on exploring both the current understanding of multicultural competence and the historical impact on the bodies that are present in counseling. Cultural identities, power, and privilege are critical lenses for us to explore the ethical work with differences that are embodied in ourselves and the clients we work with as Somatic Counselors.

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 the ability to research and write about Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) and Body Psychotherapy (BP) in a way that shows critical thinking, scholarship, and the integration of theoretical material with clinical practice.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Somatic Counseling Orientation Seminar 
  • Body/Movement Observation and Assessment
  • Group Community Skills 
  • Foundations of Body Psychotherapy
  • Counseling & Helping Relationships I: Verbal & Nonverbal Skills 
  • The Body in Meditation and Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Neuroscience

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Apply online and pay the $60 nonrefundable application fee. This is the preferred method for applying.
  • An official transcript of a conferred bachelor's degree must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to beginning graduate coursework. 
  • In a three-to-five page, double-spaced essay, please respond to the following: How are you prepared to participate in this distinctive community, and how would your educational goals and professional goals be reached by attending the Somatic Counseling program?
  • Your resume/CV should detail all pertinent academic, employment, and volunteer history with exact dates of participation.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24200 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    24200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24200 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.


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