hi all, Hoping for any advice/knowledge since, since I don't really know much about the psychology world. I'm a pulmonary critical care fellow in southern california. My SO has been doing the whole hollywood acting thing for many years (mainly family pressures for it), but really hates it and plans to do what she really has been wanting for awhile which is psychology. It's very exciting! But also scary since no idea of the process. Particularly, at this point she wants to end up doing counseling with a strong focus on substance abuse or deprssion (so i guess clinical psychology?). She went to a good univ program for undergrad, majoring journalism and is going to take GREs. 1) What are the general thoughts of MA in psychology? I know most places seem to be just PhD, however she still needs more practical experience before going that route I think. 2) If counseling (substance abuse) is the ultimate goal, are there other routes? 3) How competitive are PhD places. Seems pretty competitive, need good GPA, GRE score, and loads of practical experience / research pubs? 4) Any recs for places in Southern Californnia? I was reading about Pepperdine MA in pschology, some mixed reviews. this is definitely alot, so i really appreciate any advice. this is so foreign to me but very exciting! thanks again.