M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Earn your M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and prepare for a rewarding career helping clients overcome obstacles and transform their lives.

Why Study Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Rivier?

Mental health counselors are committed to helping people address their issues with a range of mental health-related concerns—from depression and anxiety to substance abuse and addiction. For treatment, they combine psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach to create actionable plans for change and problem resolution.

Rivier’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program offers the framework and professional training needed to start a rewarding career as a licensed mental health counselor.

Graduates of our Clinical Mental Health Counseling program practice in a variety of clinical settings, including independent practice, community agencies, managed behavioral health care organizations, hospitals, employee assistance programs, and substance abuse treatment centers.

In this program you will:

  • Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to help clients improve their mental health
  • Develop strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Become an effective communicator and collaborator

Program Overview

This is a 61-credit program, which includes 12 internship credits. Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling program follows New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice standards in order to fulfill eligibility requirements for state licensure as a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC).

  • Next Start Date: January 13, 2020
  • Est. Program Length: 2.5 years
  • Credit Hours: 61
  • Course Length: 7 and 14 weeks


LMHC licensure by the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice entails completion of the degree program and post-master’s supervised work experience. Post-master’s internship supervisors must be licensed mental health counselors. Becoming a credentialed counselor demonstrates expertise and leadership in this field.

Two years into his sobriety, Barry Pietrantonio ’17G came to Rivier to earn his M.A. in Mental Health Counseling. Shortly after graduating, Barry opened Crossroads Recovery Center in Salem, New Hampshire, to help others struggling with addiction and mental illness in the community where he grew up. In addition to services offered at the Center, Barry speaks in public forums about addiction and the road to recovery.

Where Will Your Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree Take You?

Graduates are prepared for a variety of leadership roles in clinical and educational settings.


  • Independent practitioners
  • Human services health counselors
  • Behavioral health specialists
  • Substance abuse counselors
  • Youth and family counselors

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Prepare for a rewarding career as a licensed mental health practitioner with an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.