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By Ashley VanBemmelen on January 13, 2016

The seminary is such a quiet space with students on break. I can walk out of my office and down the hall without being greeted by a friend or running into anyone really. Somedays the quiet is nice. I am able to zone in on work and get a lot done. I appreciate the extra opportunity to focus.

Most days, though, it just feels empty. GRTS is a seminary. It's a place where students come to learn more about…

Questions Every Future Counselor Faces

By Ashley VanBemmelen on December 9, 2015

Everyone who considers counseling has to wrestle with at least one basic question, Could I really do this kind of work? Here are some questions you can ask yourself to get insight as to whether you would make a good counselor:

  • Are you passionate about helping hurting people find hope in a broken world?
  • Do you want to help individuals and families through difficult times?
  • Does your heart break…

Getting Your Counseling Practice Off the Ground

By Ashley VanBemmelen on October 19, 2015

Where do I begin working when I graduate with the M.A. in Counseling?

This is the question I couldn’t get out of my head during my last year in the program. I knew I wanted to work with trauma, but I was nervous to start my own practice. What options were left?

I needed a site that would provide clients for me to see without much effort on my behalf. For this reason, I looked at agency work and small…

Step by Step: Applying for LLPC Licensure

By Ashley VanBemmelen on September 17, 2015

A question students often ask in their last year of the Counseling program is "How do I get licensed?" This post will walk you through the process of obtaining your Limited License Professional Counselor (LLPC) license in the state of Michigan step by step with a time frame (other states may have variations):

Two Months Before Graduation

Begin obtaining information on local counseling supervisors…