About Us

    Counseling Degree Guide is a free resource for anyone interested in beginning or continuing a career in professional counseling, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, substance abuse counseling, school counseling, and related areas. Our experienced staff has written an informative and comprehensive guide that will help you no matter where you are on your counseling journey. We have included career information, school and degree pathways, licensure information, expert advice, and more.

    Counseling Degree Guide is based in the Seattle metro area and is managed by Project 8 Labs LLC, a Better Business Bureau-accredited business since 2012.

    Our Editorial Process

    At Counseling Degree Guide, we use experienced writers, editors, expert reviewers, and contributors to create and review our content. We evaluate each team member’s background and experience to ensure that our content is accurate, up-to-date, and relevant to our readers.

    Editorial Team: Our internal editors fact-check, standardize, and approve all content before it goes live to ensure the best possible experience for our readers.

    Writers: Professional writers research and write all of our content. Our writers adhere to a style guide in order to maintain consistency throughout the website. All of our content is original and backed by reputable sources.

    Expert Reviewers: Since counselor licensure and degree requirements frequently change, we partner with experts in the field to regularly review our content so that we can continue to provide our readers with the most accurate, up-to-date information available.

    Contributors: We periodically work with education majors and professionals in the field who share their personal experiences and give advice to our readers through interviews and other content contributions.

    Editorial Team

    Audrey Stoffle

    Audrey Stoffle is the Chief Editor of Counseling Degree Guide. A graduate of Berea College, Audrey has a BA in English with a writing emphasis and a minor in Spanish. She has worked as Editor for a literary magazine, Appalachian Review (formerly Appalachian Heritage), and spent years teaching English in Spain. Her writing and editing work has appeared on a variety of career and travel websites. When she’s not writing, Audrey enjoys running, playing tennis, traveling, and photography. Follow Audrey on LinkedIn.

    Laura McPherson

    Laura McPherson is the Associate Editor of Counseling Degree Guide. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History and Career and Technical Education from Eastern New Mexico University and holds a five-year Substitute License in Illinois. She has also worked as an ESL tutor. Her experience includes creating and deploying career training modules for professionals in various industries. Her creative work has appeared in literary journals such as Paperbark and Corvus Review and she has been an awards reader for The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). Follow Laura on LinkedIn.


    Janan Dean

    Janan Dean is a writer for Counseling Degree Guide. She has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Edinburgh. In the past, she has worked as a caseworker and research consultant in the public and nonprofit sectors. Janan has published articles in academic journals, created postsecondary curriculum resources, and now contributes her expertise on the higher education system with Counseling Degree Guide. In her spare time, Janan shares behind-the-scenes content from her family’s farm on social media. Follow Janan on LinkedIn.

    Leah Whiteway

    Leah Whiteway is a writer for Counseling Degree Guide. She graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a BA in Criminal Justice. In addition, Leah has experience with speech writing and has written extensively for social media groups of personal interest. She is a military spouse, a mom of four, and a fitness enthusiast and foodie. You can follow Leah on LinkedIn.


    Kate Bailin, School Counselor and Children’s Therapist
    John F. Berg, Vocational Rehabilitation and Litigation Consultant
    Mike Elliot, MSPC, NCC, LPC, CCTP
    Ruth Fearnow, Licensed Mental Health Counselor
    Vanessa Green Allen, School Counselor and Author
    Barbara Gruner, School Counselor and Author of What’s Under Your Cape?
    Stacy Ingraham, Licensed Professional Counselor and Instructor
    Paige Rechtman, Licensed Psychotherapist

    See all of our professional contributors: Counseling Interviews and Advice

    Data Sources

    Indeed powers our flexible, national job board with daily updates.
    National Center for Education Statistics
    Projections Central Long Term Occupational Projections
    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics
    US News & World Report
    O*NET OnLine

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