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Healthcare Heroes | Janell Loescher, Psychotherapist
March 2, 2021
What is your official Title?
Psychotherapist at Directions Counseling Center.
How long have you been at Watertown Regional Medical Center? Have you always been in the same position?
I've been working as a Psychotherapist at WRMC for over 8 years now, I started here in December of 2012.
What do you enjoy most about working at Watertown Regional Medical Center?
I love the flexibility of working with many different people, I provide therapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I also enjoy the opportunity to help those who are in need. My areas of focus include mood issues, grief/loss, trauma issues, chronic mental illness, and developmental disabilities.
What was your inspiration for getting into healthcare?
I have always wanted to be helpful in whatever way I could. Helping people focus on their mental health gives me the opportunity to do this.
What would you say to somebody wanting to get into your profession?
Psychotherapy is challenging, yet rewarding. Your first step towards working in this profession is to receive your Masters degree. Then, if you're in Wisconsin, the state requires over 3,000 clinical supervised hours and passing a test to receive liscensure.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work?
I enjoy spending time with my family and being outside. Some of my favorite activities are gardening, kayaking, cooking, reading, and traveling.
What is your favorite place in the Watertown area?
Biking on the Interurban Bike Trail, Kayaking the Rock River or Hiking at Brandt Quirk Park.
What does working for a ‘Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital’ mean to you?
It's great to know I'm part of a great team of providers and support staff who provide friendly and quality care close-to-home.
Why do you believe patients can Count on Watertown Regional Medical Center for quality care?
Our staff is caring and competent and this is proven by the awards we've earned and the quality scores we've received across different departments. You don't have to travel far to receive the care you need.
What is one thing you’re doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?
You can feel safe coming to Directions Counseling Center for your mental health needs. I make sure to follow all of the CDC guidelines, including wearing the appropriate PPE and cleaning/disinfecting before and after every patient visits.