Guide others toward physical, emotional, and spiritual interconnectedness.
Starting from the vantage point of the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—discover a multidimensional approach to counseling that addresses people’s mental, physical, and emotional needs.
Examine individuals’ relationships with their social and cultural surroundings. Immerse in the study of psychological theory as well as the roles of religious practices and spiritual beliefs. Through Lesley's Holistic Studies master's degree program, you can choose to pursue one or two internships where you'll integrate what you learn in a clinical setting while gaining 700 or 1,300 field training hours, qualifying you to become a licensed counselor.
In the fields of mental and physical health, it has become evident that interactions between mind, body, spirit, and socio-cultural identity have a profound effect on well-being. Counselors trained in mind-body behavioral health who are culturally aware and informed by trauma theory are at the cutting edge of the profession. Our holistic studies program has become a nationally recognized leader in this integrative approach.
While at Lesley, you’ll delve into the ways that psychospiritual growth—encompassing mind, body, emotions, and spirit—can promote health, social justice, peace, and community. Alongside peers from diverse belief systems and cultural backgrounds, you’ll examine major spiritual traditions and their impact on human development and healing. Rooted in the philosophy of self-as-instrument in the process of therapeutic change, your studies will encourage personal mindfulness as a necessary aspect of your clinical training. Through intensive field experiences, you’ll apply evidence-based learning and mind/body integration to your practice.
After one or two years of direct, supervised internship experiences with clients throughout Greater Boston, you’ll graduate fully prepared for the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) credential in Massachusetts.