About Dorothee Ischler, DMFT, LMFT, LP

You know your past contributes to the pain and anxiety you experience in your life right now. You've been feeling this way for a long time, and the things you've tried have not taken the pain away nor make trusting your partner any easier.

Your past wounds affect what happens inside of you as well as in your relationships. My own marital failure led me to study what makes relationships succeed. I have extensive training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples therapy. I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

I believe that your thoughts and feelings are connected to your physical health, your relationships, and your spiritual life. I will guide you in taking into consideration all five areas (mental, emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual) to awaken your authentic self. I believe that when we heal ourselves, we contribute to the healing of the world.

You want someone who understands anxiety and trauma.

My journey as a therapist began by overcoming my own trauma and developing my resilience and empowerment. Those experiences led me to my interest in psychology, religion, and spirituality. I've been helping people heal from painful emotional injuries at the Center for the past 34 years.

I learned in a profound way that psychology and spirituality are not two unrelated dimensions. Rather, they are meant to be unified into a holistic approach to human flourishing. I work from a holistic and relational perspective combining evidence-based therapies with perennial wisdom like Buddhist psychology, Benedictine-, and Ignatian spirituality.

My Background:

I grew up in Communist Poland and Germany, wrestling with issues of identity, belonging, and oppression. I studied clinical psychology in Germany for six years focusing on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. I found this medical model lacking in consideration of systemic issues, namely how our relationships, families, and the broader culture impacts our mental health. So, I came to the United States to study marriage and family therapy.   My degrees from Germany ( clinical psychology) and the United States ( Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy) prepared me to understand what happens inside of people as well as between people.

I am a lifelong learner and constantly update my professional knowledge to be able to give you the best care possible. I feel passionate about being a therapist and consider it my vocation. When I 'm not learning, I like to spend time in the great outdoors, biking or traveling. I also like to spend time with my family and friends, Rotarians, and my fellow Benedictine Oblates.


  • American Psychological Association
  • Minnesota Psychological Association
  • EMDR International Association