Hello blogger friends!
I need your advice. As most of you know my life somewhat imploded a bit ago. As a part of the collateral damage, I’m now somewhat stuck on whether or not to continue with my current trajectory. You all have always been incredibly insightful and have helped me see from different perspectives, so I’m hoping to get a bit of that with this.
My initial plan was stay one more year at my current school, get my counseling supervision at this school, finish my M.A. in school counseling by the end of Fall 2018. The hiccup with that is… I no longer wish to stay here after having been made to feel so powerless. Plus, I only intended to stay in school counseling for a while until I completed my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. So it was never the long term plan.
My plan B was to just change my degree plan to the Clinical mental health counseling program. Then I could take my money from TRS and start my own practice as an LPC. I could make my own hours while I finished my Ph.D. This, however, would make my new M.A. graduation date the end of Spring 2020. I don’t really want to prolong that degree when, if allowed, I could finish it Summer 2019. They won’t approve that though, I tried. Also, this program is in person, so I would need to move about an hour East. I’m in Texas, so an hour really isn’t that bad (I drive that every week to therapy).
My plan C is to switch to the Clinical mental health counseling program. Take what classes I can in the Summer (stay at my Aunt’s house bc she lives closer). I would continue in this program until I got accepted to a doctoral program for Fall 2019 admission. I would be able to transfer up to 32 (or so) hours. So, I wouldn’t be wasting time or money with this option. It just means moving, leaving the comfort of a salaried job for some uncertainty. It’s the most logical long term plan but the most risky short term plan.
I am in a pickle. What do you all think? What would you do?