Hey, there! Welcome to Edgewood College’s Personal Counseling Services. My name is Rachel Dyer (she/her) and I am so excited to be a member of the PCS team for the 2020-2021 academic year.
I am currently a Ph.D. student in counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; I earned my B.S. (psychology and neurobiology) and M.S. (counseling) at UW, too! While at UW, I have worked as an RA, as a trainee therapist at their Mental Health Services, and in suicide prevention training and education on the UW campus. I absolutely love working on college campuses and with students!
As a therapist, I think about how the stories of our lives, family, culture(s), and of society come together to create the narrative that we have about ourselves. Sometimes, these stories conflict or prevent us from having a rich, complex self-narrative. In counseling, I collaborate with you to create a richer narrative and work toward living in a way that aligns with it. My approach to counseling, called narrative therapy, means that I am very attentive to power, privilege, and oppression and exploring these in therapy.
While I am excited to work with any student who is ready to engage in counseling, my particular areas of interest are relationships, sex, and reproduction (pregnancy, etc.). I also have experience around LGBTQ+ identity development, issues related to transitioning into or out of college, anxiety, depression, stress, and interpersonal challenges.
Outside of my work and education, I am a serious coffee-drinker, a dedicated podcast listener, and a novice Dungeons and Dragons player. Most recently, I have decided to watch, for the first time, all of Star Trek in release order!