Over the last decade, we’ve seen an increase in the awareness and importance of overall health and well-being. Tragedies at the international level have opened our eyes to the need for healthy ways to cope with grief and loss. High profile individuals who lost their battles with depression, like Robin Williams and Amy Winehouse have woken us up to this serious problem and started powerful conversations. An estimated 43.6 million Americans struggle with mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. What used to be seen as a shameful stigma for nearly 20% of the population is starting to be seen as a health issue that can and should be treated and prevented.
At the forefront of these conversations are professionals who make a huge impact on individual’s lives. Counselors, psychologists, and other mental health professionals enter into the challenging and rewarding work of helping people overcome their problems and realize their full potential.
The field of mental health is growing. Not only are we increasing awareness on the importance of mental health, but health insurance reforms are allowing access to preventative and therapeutic care to more and more Americans. The Department of Labor Statistics predicts that opportunities in this field will grow by 19 percent in the next decade, a much higher growth rate than other professions.
Our world needs people to help others through therapy and counseling. Whether you have been impacted by the help of a counselor or see the growing need for caring professionals to come alongside others, considering a profession as a counselor is an honorable way to make an impact in your community. If this is something you’re interested in, take a look at our comprehensive overview of this rewarding career.
Golden Gate University-San Francisco offers 4 Counseling Psychology degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 14 Counseling Psychology students graduated with students earning 13 Master's degrees, and 1 Certificate.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco, CA||25 : 1||1,476|
|John F. Kennedy University Pleasant Hill, CA||42 : 1||1,125|
|Pacifica Graduate Institute Carpinteria, CA||25 : 1||829|
|National University La Jolla, CA||67 : 1||16,670|
|Mount Saint Mary's University Los Angeles, CA||22 : 1||2,855|
|California Baptist University Riverside, CA||31 : 1||11,045|
|University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA||23 : 1||10,636|
|The Wright Institute Berkeley, CA||16 : 1||487|
|Holy Names University Oakland, CA||23 : 1||966|
|Hope International University Fullerton, CA||33 : 1||1,130|
|Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA||15 : 1||8,669|
|Saint Mary's College of California Moraga, CA||17 : 1||3,692|
|Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA||18 : 1||1,878|
|Southern California Seminary El Cajon, CA||29 : 1||176|
|Touro University Worldwide Los Alamitos, CA||176 : 1||1,940|
|Simpson University Redding, CA||25 : 1||854|
|California State University-Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA||36 : 1||11,531|
|Alliant International University-San Diego San Diego, CA||32 : 1||3,536|
|Concordia University-Irvine Irvine, CA||36 : 1||3,911|
|The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA||103 : 1||2,999|