I think it's funny, though, because one time I mentioned I thought in-school learning had its definite advantages over distance learning and I nearly got my head bitten off.
what does this mean? You do not have to have a PhD to be a psychotherapist. There are a lot of other options like masters level: LPC, MSW, etc...you should probably talk to some people that are already in the field to get an idea of what they are doing. I am an LPC and have been in private practice for awhile. I am now looking at also getting my nursing degree.
Open your mind to the possibilities and remember that people have their own perspectives on Deaconess. Just because it does not work for you--does not mean that it won't work for others.