In order to achieve a tenure track position, you need to spend most of your time publishing, doing a post doc that's research oriented, etc... You wont get a tenure track position because you have an LPC. You wont get it because you have years of clinical experience as a therapist at a correctional facility. You'll get it because you've been teaching classes and publishing papers. So honestly, like MamaPHD said, you should think about what you actually want to spend your hours doing. If you have a passion for clinical practice, just stick with the LPC and teach some adjunct classes. If you have a passion for research and teaching, then go ahead and get a PhD. That'll allow you to be most competitive for the field. It sounds right now like you are VERY ambivalent about a doctorate so I'd recommend just waiting. Interviewers will be able to smell that ambivalence, especially if you are lacking in research experience already. They'd want to know what you want to research, how your interests are aligned with theirs, and how serious you are about research. If you cant answer those questions, you wont get accepted. And the interview process is VERY expensive. It might be better to just work on your LPC, teach adjunct, and take up with a research lab on the side. If you find you enjoy the teaching and the research, lean into it more heavily to get the experience, boast your resume, and apply later with a better GRE score once you're more sure.So, yes you are right I basically want to do therapy. Basically, work at a correctional facility and use it as a good basics to gain experience, along with the required hours to get my LPC. I will be done with the Mental Health Counseling degree this year and wanted to see if I should waste any time trying to apply for this cycle of Ph.D. programs. The main reason I would want to get a doctorate is to try and get a tenure-track position somewhere. I assume that I could do this with a Masters degree, but thinking that a "professional" Psy.D school is the realistic goal if I want to do this. Honestly, I think I am just weighing my options to see if I should retake the GRE and if it would even be worth it.