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Valerie Beltran

Earn Your MA in Holistic Counseling Psychology

Beltran talks about how the Holistic Counseling Psychology fully prepares you to be a therapist.

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Program - Holistic

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Holistic degree program builds on the foundation of counseling theory and practice to add a holistic perspective that integrates body, mind, spirit, and culture into the curriculum. The curriculum for this degree meets the educational requirements for the California Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) License. 

Central to the program is the perspective that holistic learning occurs both cognitively and experientially i.e., only through knowing oneself can the therapist obtain the clarity, compassion, and wisdom necessary to help others. The curriculum therefore places significant emphasis upon the student's self-exploration and personal growth along with critical thinking and the acquisition of clinical skills.

Students in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - Holistic program must select from one of five specializations:

Offered at Pleasant Hill Campus

  • Somatic Psychology
  • Transpersonal Psychology

Offered at San Jose Campus

  • Holistic Studies (an integration of somatic and transpersonal psychologies) (admits fall quarter only)

Offered at Berkeley Campus

  • Depth Psychotherapy
  • Expressive Arts

Each program is designed for completion in three years and is divided into three areas of emphasis:

  • Year One: Basic counseling psychology theory and the acquisition of personal therapy skills such as receptivity, presence, tracking, and therapeutic communication.
  • Year Two: Development of core clinical skills in the area of assessment and treatment, marriage, and family interventions, and training in the specializations.
  • Year Three: Supervised field placement and courses focused on work with clients.

The curriculum encompasses core courses in holistic studies, basic counseling skills, diagnosis and assessment; marriage and family counseling courses; and courses in the student's chosen specialization. Students complete a yearlong supervised trainee-ship at the University's Center for Holistic Counseling in Oakland, Sunnyvale Community Counseling Center, or an approved community-based site.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students earning their Master's in Counseling Psychology - Holistic will be able to do the following:

  • Display the capacity to build a therapeutic relationship with client.
  • Competently apply clinical skills.
  • Articulate theoretical comprehension and apply critical thinking.
  • Utilize principles of their specific program specialization (transpersonal, somatic, holistic, depth, expressive arts) in their work with clients.
  • Exhibit holistic self-awareness and embodied professionalism.




Students must complete a minimum of 91-92 units to receive the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree. Details for each specialization is provided under "Related Downloads" on the right sidebar.