Our mental health counseling degree is about compassion. And helping others achieve a fulfilling life.

Our M.A. in Mental Health Counseling is about having the skills to help those who struggle with severe mental illness. It’s about taking courses that help you understand your own experiences so you can be of greatest help to others. It’s about studying alongside peers from other theological disciplines in an inspirational educational community. It’s about finding ways to integrate Christian faith and clinical practice from faculty with experience in the clinic and the classroom. And it’s about preparing for a satisfying career helping others lead satisfying lives.

High Standards

Through our program, you'll be thoroughly trained to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California while actively integrating theology and biblical studies along with clinical theory and practice. We've developed a program of high standards to prepare you to counsel people with a wide variety of needs including life adjustments, career counseling, and severe chronic mental illness from a framework of theology and spiritual formation.

Prepare To Serve a Diverse Population

Here, we'll prepare you to work with people from all backgrounds--including race, culture, religion, age, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status, especially those dealing with chronic poverty and/or ongoing mental health issues. You'll be prepared to work competently with people in diverse settings including:

  • Mental health hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Private practice offices
  • Schools
  • Churches

Why Bethel?

Learn more about why our program would be a great fit to prepare you for a rewarding career in mental health counseling.