Hello! So, a little bit of background: I am 33. I spent most of my 20's as a teacher in a foreign country. While there, I became involved at an orphanage and volunteered for 6 years there. During that time, I became interested in psychology and decided to pursue it. Because I was in a different country, I had to get my master's online. I got my master's in child development from Southern New Hampshire University. Now I am wanting to continue and get my PhD in child and adolescent psychology so that I can become a counselor and start a non-profit. I would also like to be involved in research at some point. My problem is that my school, being online, did not give me an opportunity to do research. I currently live in a small town, so I don't have any opportunities close to me (that I know of. I don't really know how to look.). Also, I don't really have anyone around here to ask all my questions. So here they go. 1) Should I redo my entire graduate work and start from the beginning, doing a master's and Phd? Is there any way to redeem what I did online to get into a PhD program? 2) Can a master's degree in counseling lead to a Phd? How does a professional who is already working get his PhD? I appreciate any information anyone can provide. There is just no one around me to ask. Thanks!