Hey everyone, I'd like a bit of wisdom please. I'm currently attending classes at a local community college, working towards an associates degree to transfer to a university and eventually a masters program. My end goal is to become a licensed counselor focusing on giving psychotherapy for treatment of depression, anxiety as well as children who receive abuse at home. I plan on eventually opening my own private practice eventually as well. I am planning on only going to the Masters level, and completing certification to become a licensed counselor through 3,000 hours of supervised practice. My original plan has been to get a general transfer degree in Arts and Sciences with a focus on psychology to get a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at the University of Washington, then doing on to a Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington. Recently a family friend who works in this field introduced to me the idea of doing a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work, then a Masters of Social Work (and becoming a LCSW) to reach the same end goal. I was told that the Social Work route would offer me more opportunities and could get me employed with a higher wage before I finish my Graduate program and get licensed as a Counselor. I was also told that for a Masters Level counselor, a Masters in Social Work is more desired and can get me a job working in a Hospital, while a Masters in Clinical Psychology could not. On top of that... I was informed that doing the entire program through the University of Washington meant a 1 year Masters Program instead of 2. All of this sounds rather appealing and almost makes sense to be a better option. Given my end goal, what would be the better route to take in this situation? I'm nearing completion of my Associates Degree, and the prerequisites for both Social Work and Psychology are rather similar, so I could go either direction without needing to take more than maybe... 1 extra class. I'm also having a little bit of difficulty understanding the differences of these two routes for becoming a Licensed Counselor. Is my understanding correct that both these degrees are rather broad and requires a specific focus, but a Social Work degree gives me more options for my end goal? Thank you in advance.