SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Hello, I am new to this forum and have searched through and read a lot of relevant posts, but I am still confused about a couple of things, and hoping to hear your opinions. I am in my mid 30's and interested in becoming a psychotherapist. I am specifically interested in applying Humanistic Psychology and Mindfulness in treatment of depression. PhD sounds fascinating, but, unfortunately, I have neither time nor money to do it. So I began looking at Master level options, and found quite a variety of choices. Namely there seemed to be at least three programs at the University I am at right now - MHC, housed in College of Education; MHC and MFT, housed in Arts and Sciences (Rehabilitation Department); and of course MSW at the School of Social Work. I am having hard time finding any good information on the differences between the three programs, and their academic advisers are of no help. The only information I have been able to find was through some community boards and on this forum. And from what I can see majority of people (or maybe MSWs are just more outspoken) tend to favor the MSW. However, a lot of things get hinted at, but no one really comes out and says EXACTLY why it is better. Here is some information I was able to guess, perhaps, incorrectly, and would really appreciate it if someone could correct me: 1. MSWs have more employment options than just straight forward counseling. (This would not really be that important to me, since counseling is all I want to do) 2. Insurances are more willing to reimburse MSW vs. MFT or MHC? 3. Some gov't agencies and insurances only accept MSW (and not MFT and MHC)? 4. Gov't insurance only pays for MSW counseling (not that of MFT or MHC)? 5. There are less hours of supervised work for MSW than for MFT and MHC before they can get licensed? 6. The salaries are higher for MSWs vs MFT or MHC? 7. In some states MFT and MHC are not recognized and it is easier to move around the country with MSW? Anything else that might be pertinent? In advance - I am very grateful for your responses.