Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

5-6 years
Credit Hours:

42 (with master's) or 72 (with bachelor's)
Help people cope with crises, problems of daily living and mental challenges.
The main goal of our Counseling Psychology Program is to train health service professional psychologists within a scientist-practitioner model that attends to individual and cultural diversity and the importance of micro and macro social contexts.

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Why Earn a Counseling Psychology Ph.D.?

The Counseling Psychology Program at UNT endorses the scientist-practitioner model of training and affirms the value of integrating practice and science throughout a psychologist's training and career-long participation in the profession. The program is committed to the idea that human problems are the result of complex interactions of biological influences, environmental factors, and developmental changes in the person.

We are also committed to the affirmation of diversity and social justice in the broadest sense, and specifically in psychology as it relates to the alleviation of stress and promotion of mental wellness. We highly value the dignity and worth of individuals inclusive of their gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental abilities, political or spiritual beliefs, socioeconomic class, and other identities. As such, we recognize and incorporate these values and principles in the training and practice of counseling psychology.

We provide you with opportunities to:

  • Build competencies in numerous areas, including self-awareness, psychological assessment and multicultural counseling
  • Cultivate a deep understanding of scientific methodology
  • Gain experience in the profession
Marketable Skills
  • Psychological research
  • Comprehensive psychological assessment
  • Mental disorder diagnosis
  • Mental health treatment plans
  • Psychological interventions

Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Highlights

Our faculty members are active researchers who offer you a variety of experiences and different perspectives with specialties ranging from psychotherapy to eating disorders and body image.
The program also supports the UNT Psychology Clinic and UNT Counseling and Testing Services, which serve as training resources.
The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association’s Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation.
If you start the program with a bachelor's degree, you have the opportunity to earn a master's degree en route to the Ph.D.
You may apply for teaching assistantships, fellowships and part-time clinical externships funded by the department during your doctoral studies.
Although all of our graduates are generalists, each also has specialized training in Child & Family Therapy, Sport Psychology or Minority Wellness. Each cluster includes coursework and opportunities for research and applied work in the area of specialty.

What Can You Do With a Counseling Psychology Ph.D.?

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counseling Psychology prepares you for work as an independent professional in a research, academic or applied setting.

Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Courses You Could Take

Foundations of Counseling Psychology (3 hrs)
Introduction to counseling psychology theories, models of counseling and psychotherapy, and counseling methods.
Legal and Ethical Issues in Professional Practice (3 hrs)
Intensive overview of legal procedures, state regulations and ethical guides relevant to professional practice.
Application of Counseling Methods (3 hrs)
Preparation for applied work in counseling psychology, emphasizing specific theoretical orientations to interviewing in counseling and psychotherapy.
Couple and Family Therapy I (3 hrs)
Examines health and dysfunction in the couple and family systems. Major theories of marital and family therapy are reviewed and several are examined and applied in depth. Emphasis is placed on psychological assessment of the family as a behavioral system, including administration, scoring and interpretation and report writing.
Theory and Application of Multicultural Counseling (3 hrs)
Focuses on increasing understanding and appreciation of human diversity. Survey of different world views, cultural values and treatment strategies for addressing needs of individuals from unique racial/ethnic backgrounds, religious affiliations and sexual orientations.
Counseling for Sexual Dysfunction and Other Psychosexual Disorders (3 hrs)
Study of the origins and treatment of sexual dysfunctions and other psychosexual disorders. The study includes physical and psychological considerations in etiology, diagnosis and treatment.

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