Yes! Zack is! You go, girl!
I obtained a Master's in Counseling, beginning the program not long after I graduated from college. I kind of did it on a lark, and though I did well in my studies, I realized that, at that point of my life, I wasn't ready to counsel anybody. BUT, as someone now older and wiser and with an MA in Counseling, I have two words of advice for Derek: Derek, RUN!
I'm wondering if Katie is one of those people that thrives on drama. A red flag was when she said, essentially, we get along better after we fight. Yeah, that intensity works when you're 16 and in love with love. But when you're 26 and married, fighting so that your love will be intense and passionate all the time is exhausting and doesn't bode well for a long term relationship.
Again, I say, "Derek, RUN!" There are plenty of women out there that would be ecstatic to have a fun, kind and easygoing guy like you. Love shouldn't be this hard.