Dennis A. Butler, Ph.D. is a Licensed
Psychologist and Certified Mental Health Care Provider. For over twenty-five years, he has
helped individuals in corporations, city governments, small businesses,
religious and educational organizations as well as individuals in therapy, gain
a better understanding of human behavior and interpersonal interaction. Dr. Butler helps people discover
their personal strengths and vulnerabilities/weaknesses, communication styles,
problem-solving styles and motivational preferences.
He teaches executives and managers
how to become better leaders, how to increase employee effectiveness and how to
select effectively functioning teams based on an analysis of individual
behavioral traits and tendencies.
For the first 15 years of his career, Dr.
Butler was a therapist. In 1995, he
made the decision to take a totally different approach to help people understand
themselves, others and their world.
He decided that he would teach people a theory of personality (the Enneagram)
that they could use to understand themselves and others.
He developed a model that would help
people see that their difficulties in communicating and understanding one
another stems from different, often unconscious, perceptions and interpretation
of events.Dr. Butler also
discovered that most people were afraid of change primarily because they just
did not know how to go about it. He
once again decided on a proactive model to teach people a set of skills that
they can use to enhance the probability of change taking place and enduring.
Dr. Butler is a member of the American
Psychological Association, the APA Division of Consulting Psychology, the
Greater Kansas City Psychological Association and the International Enneagram
Association. He received his B.S.
degree from the University of Kansas, his M.S. and Ed.S. degrees from Emporia
State University, and his Ph.D. degree from Kansas State University.
In addition to being the author of
The Road to Wisdom, he is the creator of Butler’s Enneagram Type
Assessment (BETA). His wife Reve’ (deceased) was a Human Resources consultant
and facilitator of The Road to Wisdom program. Dr. Butler has one daughter, Diana,
and two cats, Lucy and Desi. He is a strong supporter of the humane treatment of
animals and supports animal shelters worldwide. He dedicates his life work to his best
friend and love of his life, Reve’.