Member of the Month: Stefanie Sichler
Stefanie Sichler, MC, MBA, E-RYT 200, brings a vast array of talents and past experiences to her second career in psychology. Originally from Germany, she has attended school in the U.S. since she was 16 years old. Sichler states that it is important for her to maintain her German culture and frequently returns home to be with her family.
Sichler just finished her master's degree in counseling from Arizona State University. She also holds an MBA, and for her “first career” was as a director of marketing. Sichler reports that marketing allowed her to employ her creative side, but she wanted to feel more personally related to others. Her experience as yoga, meditation and mindfulness instructor made transitioning into counseling a natural progression.
Sichler explained that she fell in love with group because of the getting and giving of feedback that occurs between all group members. While co-leading a Survivors for Childhood Sexual Trauma group, she noted she was greatly impacted by the strength of the group members and their ability to care for one another through the group. A big learning moment for Sichler occurred when there was an argument between a husband and wife in a couples group. Sichler took the lead in intervening and learned the invaluable lesson of setting clear boundaries to protect the group as a whole and other members for the process to remain therapeutic.
Sichler's future is bright and likely as diverse as her past. She is drawn to community mental health and family systems based models but can also see herself doing some consulting later in her career but never losing sight of the community. She hopes to eventually practice psychology in both the U.S. and Germany. Sichler states that in some ways she has her trajectory figured out, but, as an early career psychologist, she is always open to where life will take her.