Dr. Melanie Ross Mills is a licensed pastoral counselor and temperament therapist. In her role, Mills understands the way people express or not express temperament as given to them by God. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin in applied learning and development and master's and doctorate degrees in clinical Christian counseling from Cornerstone University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Fascinated with people, Mills loved learning and wanted to become a teacher. Teaching little children wasn't a good fit for Mills at that time, so she went into the corporate world as a marketing director for a publishing company.
Mills got married and started a family but she longed to help people and wanted to go back to school to get the education to help them. She started and stopped school twice. When her son turned 12, Mills returned to school and finished her degree. "I pursued the degree because I felt I needed the credentials to go where I wanted to go," Mills said.
She has written two books: "The Friendship Bond" and "The Couples Bond." Her third book "The Identity Bond" is due out spring 2016.
"I have never heard anyone say they regretted obtaining their master's degree. It's one more element that sets you apart from the sea of people vying for that same position and the path gets narrower as you obtain more degrees," Mills said.
Mills biggest challenge: "Managing my time. I was getting back into the mode of being a student and doing all the things you need to do to be successful. Scheduling my study time, juggling the responsibilities of being a wife and mother. Redefining my priorities sometimes meant not having time with my friends."
Mills biggest reward for earning the master's and doctorate degrees, she says, was "the confidence I have as a result of what I have learned in school. As a doctor, my words have weight, which I wasn't expecting. It has caused me to have a great deal of responsibility. It is an honor and a privilege for which I am humbly grateful."
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