Profile of Dr. Bonnie Buchele

Bonnie J. BucheleDr. Bonnie Buchele

Bonnie J. Buchele, Ph.D., ABBP, DFAGPA, began working with traumatized individuals as a volunteer rape counselor in 1976, shortly before she became a group psychotherapist.  The interests of trauma and group were first combined in her leading homogeneous long-term psychotherapy groups for incest survivors and then expanded to the treatment of traumatized individuals for whom the trauma consisted of a wide variety of trauma; the range of treatment settings widely varied but has included hospitals, general groups and psychoanalysis.  She was Program Director of the Trauma Unit at the Menninger Clinic during the 1990’s.  The co-author with Ramon Ganzarain, of Fugitives of Incest:  A Perspective from Psychoanalysis and Groups (1987), she has since written and edited many books, articles and book chapters about persons who have experienced various types of trauma.  She served as a consultant to certified group psychotherapists in New York City and Washington, D.C., who led groups for traumatized individuals following the events of September 11, 2001.  She is a past president and Distinguished Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association as well as recipient of its 2007 Alonso Award for Excellence in Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy.  She is the immediate-past Director of the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute  which is affiliated with the American Psychoanalytic Association, is in private practice, is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes and teaches nationally and internationally about group, trauma and psychoanalysis.