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  1. Hello! I take the GRE in 6 days. I'd like some advice on how my remaining time would best be spent studying (specifically math). I'm using Magoosh, and while I do great on the easy/medium questions, I really struggle with the hard or very hard ones. Should I continue practicing and mastering these medium level questions or should I focus on learning the hard ones? Also, I plan on applying to Ph.D. counseling psychology programs. Does anyone know how much GRE scores matter or how much weight is given to them for these kinds of programs?
  2. Hi all! I'm a newbie here at gradcafe, and I have to say it's been super helpful (and encouraging!). I would like some perspective from current and prior MA/PhD Counseling Psychology applicants on the strength of my qualifications for competitive MA programs in Counseling Psychology (with the hope of going on to a Counseling Psychology PhD.) If anyone has any input on how to strengthen my application, it would be extremely appreciated! Strengths/qualifications: Summa graduate of top 30 liberal arts college with 3.84 GPA (3.9 Psychology) Dual major in Psychology and Health Policy
  3. I am a new graduate student in a Counseling Research Master's program, as preparation for a Ph.D program in Counseling Psychology. I originally applied to the Coun Psyc program at the school, and was accepted into the Master's program. I am planning ahead for doctoral applications, and wanted to know how likely it is to be accepted into a doctoral program at the same school? Is it viewed favorably as a current student, or not necessarily?
  4. Hi all, I'm looking for some advice on gaining research experience. I am hoping to apply to MA/MS Programs in Counseling Psychology (I've got my eye on UK and Southern Illinois for my top choices) for Fall 2019, with the end goal of eventually getting my PhD. My undergraduate GPA was pretty terrible, but my GRE scores are solid, I am re-taking the two psych courses I did poorly in, and by the time I apply I will have four years experience working as a Mental Health Case Manager. I'm hoping I can get accepted going the masters route and show I am capable of good grades and go from there. S
  5. Hi everyone! I have applied to a few programs in Canada for next year. I was just wondering if anyone has heard from Mount St Vincent (I was waitlisted there after an interview, but they only accept 8 people so I don't know what my chances are...), or University of Ottawa for Counseling? Thanks in advance!
  6. Hi everyone, I applied to MA programs in psychology and I wanted to know the acceptance rates of them . I have applied to these schools: CSUN Clinical Psych CSULA CSUDH CSUF USC MFT CSUN is my #1 choice school to go to, I went through the interview, but the waiting game is killing me (when I will hear back from other schools). If anyone has direct experience going through the application process for these programs or is a student under one of the programs listed above, please feel free to share your experience with me
  7. Hey everyone, I have a couple of questions to ask you all. I was wondering, how important are GRE scores in an application for counseling psychology? I have had mixed reviews, but it would be really really helpful if someone can give me their own experience on GRE and applying for PhD programs in counseling psychology (clinical psychology too, since I am planning to apply to some in the future). My next question is: How important is it to attend an MA program right before applying for the PhD? I don't have enough independent research experiences and close working relationships with
  8. Someone created this last year and I thought it was a great idea to get different perspectives and see how others were coping with their rejections! I think it will be good for us to start one this year, and begin to decompress/start thinking of plan B (or C, or D, E.. etc) after rejections come trickling in. Use the following template if it helps! School: Area/Degree: Rationalization: Comment: Coping tactics:
  9. My plan A is to get accepted into a doctoral program in Counseling Psychology, and become a licensed psychologist. If I only get accepted into Master's programs, I am wondering whether a Master's in Counseling Psychology versus a Master's in Clinical Psychology would be better? For reference, my undergraduate degree is in Special Education w/core hours in Psychology. I meet prerequisites, but I don't have research experience. I want to do as much research as possible, which is why a Clinical program may be ideal for me. My research interests are mainly in Health Psychology, chronic diseas
  10. I have my first interview in a few weeks for a doctoral program in Counseling Psychology. There are 5 faculty POI's, and I'm uncertain if each POI takes on one or two students. This school and POI are an almost perfect fit for me in every way. During the interview process, should my focus be on proving myself as a competitive candidate, or showing how I am a good fit? I think it will be quite easy to show that I fit in very well, but since I lack certain aspects of competitiveness I am a little insecure. My plan is to be prepared, be myself, and be as social as possible with everyon
  11. So I am seeing on a couple applications that I can describe "are there any other unique factors that we should consider when evaluating your application" What do you guys think they are meaning by this? Is this an opportunity for people who may have low GPA/GRE/No research experience to explain why they are still a competitive applicant? My GRE scores (quant mostly) aren't stellar but I would hate to mention how I'm just not a good standardized test taker if that is not what the question is implying. Any advice is welcome! Oh and good luck to all my fellow applicants who have appli
  12. I have completed 5 applications so far for Doctoral programs in Counseling Psychology, with December deadlines. Right now I have 3 more due in January for a total of 8. When it comes to Coun Psychology how many programs should I be applying to? I meet requirements at most, with some safety schools. But I still want enough options considering the area is competitive.
  13. Hi everyone! I'm from the Philippines and am planning to apply for State Universities in LA for next year. My goal is to become a counselor/mental health therapist for people with mental health issues. After talking to a friend who is doing her MA in Social Work in NYU, she suggested I look into programs like social work/counseling/psychology but with a more clinical emphasis. I'm applying in LA because my family lives there. Does anyone have any suggestions which state schools have good programs? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
  14. I am struggling to decide what school/program I should look for that will give me a degree to do therapy and counseling. For the longest time I planned on getting a degree in clinical psychology, but realized how competitive this degree is, especially in North Carolina. I am asking you all for recommendation on degree and schools where I could get a masters degree in some sort of counseling or therapy. Thank you, advice is greatly appreciated.
  15. Hi all, I made a thread a few weeks back about the Counseling program at BU and got some good feedback. I am currently deciding between there and Columbia, and was wondering if anyone had any insight into comparing these two schools. In dire need since I gave in two deposits! Thanks
  16. Hey All!I saw this thread created in previous years and thought it would be great to have a support network! Applied to 12 clinical and counseling programs this cycle. Have completed 3/4 interviews so far. I was wait-listed for a two programs post interview, and alternate for one program pre-interview. Not sure how to feel at this point. This is my second application cycle. Any who.. Looking for a judgement-free zone to discuss the process and offer support to my fellow wait-listers...
  17. Hi all! I am currently in the process of applying/interviewing for counseling psychology programs with concentrations in school counseling. I have one coming up for Teachers College and was wondering if anyone could share knowledge on these types of interviews! My last was more school/social justice based. I'm not currently studying psychology, and wanted to know if I need to worry about specific psychology questions or any common questions for these interviews!
  18. I have been tossing and turning the past few days over my decision and I am gonna throw it out to you all and see if I can generate some advice that will help me decide. I am going for my master's degree in mental health counseling with the intention of going on for my PhD. Should I go with the expensive, well-known private university simply for the experience of going to "that school" and the connections I could make at that school and in that large city? This school would cost about twice as much (including living expenses, etc) although I was offered a scholarship that would cover about
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