Somatic Psychology

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Somatic psychology and bodymind therapies are the wave of the future, approaching health and healing as a holistic venture that involves body, mind, soul, as well as the social and natural ecosystem in which the person conducts his or her life’s journey.

This approach has its ground in the experiential awareness of our embodiment, and thus remedies the shortcomings of most 20th-century psychologies that ignore the meaningfulness of our body and its interconnectedness with all that is around it. Somatic psychology teaches us to listen to the way in which our embodiment speaks our stories and our history. Bodymind therapies recruit our whole being in the service of health, healing, and the fullest realization of our life’s potential.

In addition to preparing graduates for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (Licensed Professional Counselor, or Marriage and Family Therapist), this concentration requires the student to become familiar with bodymind modalities of healing, such as Somatic Experiencing, Hakomi, Rubenfeld Synergy, Process Psychology, etc.

The concentration involves up to five courses in addition to the 60-credit Master of Arts degree, including a required course, Foundations of Somatic Psychology. Other courses are designed according to the needs and interests of the individual student.

Each student works with faculty to customize the following coursework according to the student's interests.

Core courses (15 semester credits): 

  • Foundations of Somatic Psychology and Bodymind Therapy 
  • Somatic Psychology and Contemporary Science 
  • Survey of Bodymind Therapies 
  • Practices of Bodymind Therapy 
  • Standards of Practice and Ethical Issues in Bodymind Therapy

Post MA Certificate in Counseling Psychology/ Somatic Psychology FAQ

Q: How long will it take me to complete this program?


The program is designed to take 8 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 8 months.


*Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

Q: How much will this program cost me?*


Tuition and fees: $11,325

Books and supplies: $900

On-campus room & board: not offered


For further program cost information see Limited-Residency Master of Arts Programs Tuition & Fees

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

Q: What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?


The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.


* This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

Q: What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?


Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

Federal loans: *

Private education loans: *

Institutional financing plan: *


* Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

   To see available Prescott College scholarships, see Prescott College Scholarships

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