M.A. Counseling Psychology

M.A. Program in Counseling Psychology


M.A. Counseling Psychology

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Celebrating 32 years!

Congratulations to our Counseling program! Pacifica students in the M.A. Counseling program received a 93% pass rate on the recently graded LMFT Licensing Exams.

Pacifica is now accepting applications for fall 2014 in the M.A. Counseling Psychology program.

Join us on Wednesday, August 27 at 11 a.m. PDT for an informative and important teleconference call with Director of Clinical Training Lou Ann Wallner. As an essential component for anyone entering a graduate program towards becoming a licensed therapist or clinical counselor, it is important to understand the practicum requirements for the degree. Learn how Lou Ann's office supports the students throughout the program, offering insight to training sites and guiding the students along their academic and traineeship journey. To register for this toll-free event please fill out the online registration form.

The M.A. Counseling Psychology Program with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology is dedicated to offering students unique and comprehensive education and training in the art, science, and practice of professional clinical counseling and marriage, family, couples, and individual psychotherapy. 

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As preparation for licensure in both Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling, this rigorous academic program emphasizes both theoretical understanding and experiential training in clinical skills. Research studies prepare students to explore and contribute to the practice of scholarship within the depth psychological tradition in order to further Pacifica's dedication to tending the soul of the world.

Depth psychology invites a curiosity about the psyche and encourages respect for the diversity of life and human experience. Interdisciplinary courses in literature, mythology, religion, and culture deepen students' ability to link archetypal themes to sociopolitical and personal issues in the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Students in the Counseling program have the ability to focus on areas of interest including somatic studies, mythology, music therapy, expressive art therapy, and other sub-fields of psychology and the humanities in papers, research, and projects. By utilizing faculty members' expertise in their respected fields of emphasis, students a re mentored through this process of integration.


M.A. in Counseling Psychology


Students in the M.A. Counseling Psychology Program are required to pursue two and ½ years of coursework in each of the following areas:
• Professional Clinical Counseling
• Marriage and Family Counseling
• Theory and Praxis
• And the Depth Traditions


Student Testimonials
A short video featuring several students expressing why they choose Pacifica, how the program prepared them for their traineeships, and their experiences with faculty and fellow co-hort members.

Willow Young, M.A., L.M.F.T.
Willow answers the question: "How do students in the program begin to train as a L.M.F.T.  or L.P.C.C. with a depth background and what does that look like?"


New Pacifica Student
A new student in the M.A. Counseling Psychology program reflects on his first residential session.