Received Doctorate in clinical psychology in 2007 from Argosy University Seattle. Dr. Heusler’s past research interests included gender differences in response to traumatic events in first responders and trauma proximity predicting trauma symptoms in law enforcement personnel. Dr. Heusler’s current interests include identifying what works in psychotherapy from the client’s perspective and what contributes to facilitating useful change in clients as well as refining culturally competent aspects of psychotherapy.
Dr. Heusler began working in the mental health field in 1974 as a psychiatric technician, activity therapist, and recreational therapist. Dr. Heusler began a career with the juvenile justice system in 1978 and then in direct law enforcement in 1981. Dr. Heusler served as a police academy instructor specializing in facilitating instruction in human behavior, juvenile procedures, press relations and media management for the field officer, as well as teaching procedures in handling crisis situations and domestic violence.
Dr. Heusler left law enforcement in 1983 and embarked on a career in marketing, public relations, and advertising ultimately starting an advertising agency for the next fifteen years. Dr. Heusler decided to return to school in 1998 and become a mental health counselor and eventually a licensed psychologist in 2007.