I guess you could call me a Ph.D prospect. I've always dreamt of obtaining of obtaining my Ph.D, but I was never sure if it was worth it.... until. Here's my situation: For years I've searched within myself for the answer to the ultimate question "What do I want do to with my life?". I think I've finally come to a conclusion... counseling. The problem lies in the fact that virtually every "professional" couneling position requires at least a master's degree. I've browsed the curriculums of several MS and Ph.D DL counseling programs and, quite honestly, I'm not sure how I'm going to be able to do it. Now, most states require practicum hours for licensing which is understable. Colleges and universities require that you perform these practicum hours as part of the curriculum. The least amount of minimum hours that I've seen is 100 hours (The required amount for my state of Ohio). So, it understand the logic behind this, but it makes me wonder how I can complete all of this. I know that it essentially boils down to "wanting it bad enough", but I just question how much of a toll it's going to take on me mentally, physically, & emotional. Also, how much of a damper will this put on my personal life. I'd really appreciate some tips/advice from those that have "been there".