Do you ever have one of those days when you just need someone you can trust so that you can sit down and talk ? Someone who will listen wisely and help you sort things out ~ someone who can guide, counsel and empower you ~maybe even be available whenever you have the need~ providing crisis counseling as well as consistent encouragement and direction on your life journey?
In describing "what I do" those are the phrases that come to mind asI think of my clients. Some I have known for many years as we weave in and out of one another's lives. They drop in every now and then for a particular need. The advantage is they "don't have to tell their story all over again." The comment I usually hear as we reconnect is "Wow it's like you never left!" There is a real advantage to knowing someone's style, history and preferences right from the start.
I also occasionally agree to work with a new client if I think the match is right. We start with a complimentary consult and usually know within fifteen minutes if we will work well together. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes is exactly what is needed.
I have earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree (Summa Cum Laude, 1984), Masters in Ed Psych with a Clinical Counseling specialty (Magna Cum Laude, 1990) and earned my PhD in Clinical Hypnotherapy/Psychology (Summa Cum Laude, 2002). For my doctoral dissertion I researched and authored an original theory for overcoming depression using a deeper understanding of our needs and working with the subconscious mind.
I specialized in Domestic Violence after receiving my BSW and served on the original task force that brought manditory arrest & counseling to Brown County and then NE Wisconsin. I am proud to say I was one of the few counselors who worked with both the victims as well as the perpetrators to promote wellness and change.
While I was working on my graduate degree I served as Head Start's Coordinator of Social Services for seven counties in NE Wisconsin. It was during this time that I saw what a difference it makes to give people hands on information they can use to better their lives- teach people to fish rather than giving them a fish. Designing workshops for clients and peers, this is how I began my career in public speaking.
One of the most challenging and mind-expanding experiences in my career came from working as a counselor at an adolescent residential treatment center. Most of the kids were court ordered so they weren't exactly thrilled to be there or to have some therapist "helping" their family. This center was unique in that the work hinged on understanding the "family system" and its many complications. My experiences advanced my ability to assist future clients ten fold. Like it or not our family of origin has imprinted our beliefs and greatly impacts our day-to-day life whether or not we have contact with them. A wise therapists understands this and knows how to work it to the advantage of the client.
Shortly after earning my licenses (Licensed Professional Counselor and Independent Clinical Social Worker) I was fortunate to be asked to join a private practice in 1992. I am glad I overcame the fears and took that risk - there are no guarantees - you have only your skill and reputation to go on. But I feel it also gives me more freedom to work with my clients in ways that give the most advantages to them.
At times I have also enjoyed dual career roles while working as an adjunct professor in higher education. I have taught psychology at NWTC, Ethics in the Masters in Counseling program at UW Milwaukee while guiding students during their internships, and most recently taught Human Development at St Norbert College. The common denominator in counseling and teaching is "we are all learning".
WHAT MAKES MY WORK UNIQUE
I think there are two major aspects which make my work unique. One is the education and two years of specialized training in understanding "family systems" or in other words the far reaching impact of our family of origin. Good, bad or otherwise we are molded by our family within the first seven years of life. Everything from our self-esteem to our value system and adult relationships have been impacted. Knowing how to work with this information is vital.
The second area is my continued work in understanding the power and mysteries of the human mind. Based on cutting edge research, I believe we are on the frontier of new possibilities for overcoming difficulties that we never dreamed possible. It is one of my greatest pleasures to share this information in sessions and workshops and to see the wonderful results!
Thru a strange set of circumstances (I do not believe in coincidences) a life motto was given to me. I would love to share that story with you some day ~ but the exact words and now my motto is LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT. Both ancient writings as well as today's scientists come together to deliver this exact message in a variety of ways. It is all about the mind....
When someone comes to one of my retreats or workshops I consider it an honor and joy to share information with them. With my counseling and coaching clients our work together is based on trust, respect and encouragement, often with a dash of humor. Much of my work is quite creative but it always fits the needs of the client in his or her journey to become the person they were always meant to be!
Dr DyAnn Buechler PhD