California Institute of Integral Studies

School of Professional Psychology and Health

Somatic Psychology


1453 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Somatic Psychology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Somatic Psychology MA program at CIIS is one of only three accredited academic programs in the country that prepares students to use both conventional and body-oriented approaches to psychotherapy.

About the Program

Students learn a counseling approach that combines traditional practice and understanding with attention to the crucial role of the body in the structure and process of the psyche. The curriculum includes body-oriented approaches to psychotherapy, the cultivation of body/psyche in a variety of non-Western modalities is also explored. Students participate in a vibrant academic community where learning includes both didactic and experiential practices leading to the ability to work with clients holistically and effectively.

The Somatic Psychology curriculum includes a carefully supervised practicum counseling experience. Students may apply for training at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy, a counseling center devoted to the practice of body-oriented psychotherapy. Students at other practicum sites are supervised by program-approved supervisors.

The 2.5 to 3-year MA program includes weekday classes during Fall and Spring Semesters.

The coursework meets the requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) or as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).


Accredited by: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100 Alameda, CA 94501 (510) 748-9001 Fax: (510) 748-9797 Email:

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 60 semester units

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 1165 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999