What is an MA in Counseling Psychology?

Counseling psychology assists people in improving their well-being, resolving conflicts, and aiding to increase their overall quality of life. Counseling psychology is performed by using culturally-informed and sensitive practices and focuses on normative life-span development, with emphasis on prevention and education. It addresses individuals as well as the environments in which they function.


Earning an MA in Counseling Psychology will help prepare you to become a qualified, licensed mental health practitioner. And at Bastyr, our counseling program fosters a deep understanding of an integrative approach to individual and societal mental health, which will prepare you to effectively carry out mind, body, and spiritual wellness therapy with your clients.

Not only will you graduate understanding the mental well-being of others, you will also be able to determine how others function, understand the responsibilities of assisting those in need, and address various mental and physical challenges for people. Some of these challenges include: PTSD, anxiety, alcoholism, trauma, addiction, depression, career challenges, and more.

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