MARSHALL - Even as a little girl, Angel Bauman knew she wanted to be a counselor.
She said it may have been a weird choice when she was young, but she noticed something while she was growing up.
"In my family, we had quite a few suicides," Bauman said. So she studied psychology to figure out the "whys."
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Angel Bauman recently opened her counseling practice in downtown Marshall. She offers individual counseling and therapy services for adolescents to adults.
And last month, she opened Angel Bauman, LLC on 212 West Main Street in downtown Marshall, which offers individual counseling and therapy services to adolescents and adults, as well as marriage and family therapy.
Bauman said she got her undergraduate degree at Southwest Minnesota State University, mainly studying from Dr. Christine Olson of the psychology department.
"I worked with her a lot," Bauman said.
After graduating from SMSU, Bauman went for a semester at South Dakota State University, doing a graduate assistantship.
"At the end of the semester, I looked at what I had learned and realized I hadn't really learned a thing," Bauman said.
Then she remembered how Olson talked about Adler Graduate School, a school in the Twin Cities, and its graduate courses. Bauman decided to get her master's degree there.
"It took me three years to finish," Bauman said.
Bauman would commute to the Twin Cities for school, driving up one night a week and every other weekend.
"It was all in-class, I didn't take anything online," Bauman said.
Bauman balanced getting her master's degree along with working as the volunteer services coordinator at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center and raising her two children.
She also worked in the behavioral health unit at Avera with Dr. Timothy Beyer.
"I also used that as my internship," Bauman said.
Bauman just finished her master's program in October and officially opened her office Nov. 1.
"I didn't want to wait," Bauman said.
Bauman said it didn't take a lot to start her own practice, she just had to set up an LLC and make sure she had malpractice insurance.
"Most of the instructors at Adler have their own private practice," Bauman said. "I had a lot of guidance with that."
Bauman said word-of-mouth has been how she's gotten her business in the last month.
"It's a little slow, but I expected that, especially with the profession I'm in," Bauman said.
She said she's gotten to know the other therapists in Marshall, and they've told her that 90 percent of their referrals come from the phone book.
Bauman still works part-time at Avera, and she's in her practice during the afternoons Monday-Thursday and all day Friday.
"My (eventual) specialty is working with suicidal adolescents," Bauman said, referring to the reason she went into the field in the first place.