December 19, 2017

Denver is full of happy people. Even during the holidays. And we needn’t back it up with percentages or a source, it’s easily seen in the waves “hello” and active lifestyles of locals. You won’t find many of us pushing through malls on Black Friday or throughout December – we’re probably skiing.

This leads us to the conclusion that when pondering reasons for our sunny disposition (300 days of sunny, to be exact), we can’t help but think it has something to do with our location.

Many researchers have found that your proximity to nature has quite a lot to do with your mental health. One study conducted at Stanford, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, found that people who chose to walk for 90 minutes in a natural area showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with depression. Their studies also concluded that general time in nature had a positive effect on mood and aspects of cognitive function, including dampening anxiety and improving memory function.

Hike anyone?

So for those contemplating a career in the mental health field, what better place to learn than a University nestled in a habitat rife with nature’s medicine? In Colorado, winter isn’t synonymous with indoors. We embrace it, snowshoe through it, and often shred it. Talk about setting you up for success.

At Regis University, our accredited M.A. in Counseling or M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy programs can help position you to forever change a patient’s life. Our vision involves a commitment to the deepest roots of the Regis Mission -- to educate counselors and therapists who are grounded in the awareness and cultivation of their intrinsic values and the understanding of how to advocate for patients and facilitate positive change, all in service to our community.

If this sounds like your cup of hot tea, then don’t hesitate to learn more about our division of counseling and family therapy by clicking here. The application deadline is Feb 5 for our May 2018 classes.