MA Psychology, Counseling Specialization

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Enhanced Format and Curriculum

Our LIOS MA Psychology degree program with a specialization in Counseling prepares students for state licensure as master's level counselors. The counseling program is delivered through a series of face-to-face residential conferences where students are immersed in dynamic, experiential learning that blends systems counseling theory with hands-on practice. As a student in this counseling program, you will build confidence and competencies in "the self of the therapist," the most important counseling tool, as well as skills in the practical implementation of core counseling theories and depth psychology.

Self-Awareness and Therapeutic Relationship Studies

Our Counseling curriculum prepares you for an outstanding career as a licensed mental health professional by focusing on:

  • Developing the self of the therapist,
  • Creatively engaging in relationships with clients, and
  • Blending systems counseling theories with solid skills.

Models of Counseling Theory

Students learn multiple models of counseling theory with an emphasis on developing the specific competencies of the therapist:

  • The art of joining and active listening,
  • Creating resiliency within a family system, and
  • Crafting conversations of possibility and change.

Throughout the two-year program, Counseling students are also introduced to subjects critical to understanding human behavior. Human Development, Sexuality, and Assessment and Diagnosis are just some of the courses that help you become an effective psychological counselor. Our students also learn about the professional life of the therapist by studying ethics, laws, and current issues within the mental health field.

Internships: High Ratings for LIOS MA Students

In addition to the academic program, students will participate in internships during their second year. The 9-18 month supervised clinical internships, established in a variety of community settings, require a total of 700 hours of internship time. Students also participate in ongoing consultation groups with faculty consultants and peers concurrent with the internship. 

Our students consistently receive high ratings in their internship settings, especially for their self-awareness and the capacity to artfully engage in the therapeutic relationship with clients.


Our Counseling faculty have years of clinical experience and training and have active clinical practices within the Seattle area. Faculty have authored books, chapters, and journal articles on counseling theory, marriage and family therapy, the training of therapists, family of origin therapy, and systems consultation.

Multiple Licensure Options Available

The Counseling curriculum currently meets education requirements within the state of Washington for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor and meets curriculum requirements for licensure as a Marriage & Family Therapist. Students from adjacent states such as Oregon, California, Idaho, and Montana can qualify for licensure in their specific states with the addition of elective courses available through this program.

For information relating to post-Master's degree licensing requirements contact:  

Students planning to practice in other states or provinces should contact the appropriate organizations of those regions. Some states and provinces may require additional course work to meet certification standards. As always, because requirements may change, it is the responsibility of the student to research the specific requirements of the organization from which the student is seeking credentials. We will work with you to help you meet these requirements through independent studies.