Originally Posted by Mufa
I'm wondering if having a history of psychological trauma gives you an advantage in getting accepted into a psychology program.
It's like wondering if having a broken bone helps you get into med school.
It might earn you some credit with clients if you work within the same population later on. If anything, you would have to carefully present the issue when you apply. A therapist shouldn't steam roll a client with his/her own issues. In fact, in all of my training/supervision self disclosure about the therapists own problems is actively discouraged as it usually isn't helpful and takes the focus off the client's change and onto the therapist.
Straight to a PhD or PsyD will be very difficult. Just check out the 2011-2012:The Numbers thread for how stiff the competition is. A master's might be good for you because you can bump your GPA, get some research, and find out if doing therapy is actually for you.