Degree Fit

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Counseling Psychology at Alaska Pacific University is designed to meet the needs of master’s level working professionals seeking the degree requirements to work as a licensed psychologist in the state of Alaska. The Psy.D. at APU is a strengths-based program that emphasizes training in, and application of, practical skills and working within a developmental perspective across the full range of psychological functioning. Face-to-face weekend intensives are blended seamlessly with technology-assisted learning that follows APU’s emphasis on active, self-directed learning and pursuit of individual interests and goals that is supported by faculty and a peer cohort.

Career Outcomes

  • Independent practice
  • Behavioral/mental health clinics
  • Government agencies
  • Teaching

Student Profiles

I really like that we were able to focus on our own interest areas. One of the things that really interested me and kept me engaged throughout the program were the diverse interests of the other professionals in the program. -Anna Sappah, PsyD, 2016

It’s amazing to have this program here in Alaska. It was perfect for me. It worked with my schedule. I didn’t have to do it online and it allowed me to make my own program in the areas I was interested in. -Laurel Searcy, PsyD, 2015


Explore the art and science of being a human being with the Department of Counseling Psychology, where we emphasize positive psychology, applied learning and take a wellness and strengths-based approach to counseling and the helping fields. With small class sizes, challenging courses and individualized attention from a dedicated faculty, our life-friendly degree programs prepare students from the bachelor’s to the doctoral level to work immediately in the third-fastest growing profession in the U.S. and to lead the changes they desire to see in their communities and in the world.

Renee Georg:

People are fascinating! In Counseling Psychology we study people, what they do, how they think, and how experiences impact their lives and attitudes; we study ourselves. Upon graduation, students are prepared to enter the helping professions, to gain admission to graduate school, and to apply what they have learned about people to a wide variety of career and life goals.

Counseling Psychology Department