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Meet the Staff - Kathi Butler

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I grew up in a military family, so we moved all over … I think I went to 10 different schools before graduating from high school.  In the process I developed a genuine appreciation for the variety of human experience and world views, and a knack for diving right in when the scenery changed.  I look forward to the variety of experiences, both personal and professional, that will inevitably present themselves in the coming year.  As a therapist I predominately utilize a blending of attachment, CBT, and mindfulness.  Much of my work has centered around treating anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief.  When I am not busy therapist-ing here or teaching at Husson, I enjoy a busy life with my family.  I have ample opportunity to do many of the other things I love, such as gardening, cooking, hiking, camping, exploring a variety of music, shopping, and just plain horsing around.

What has been your most embarrassing moment?

You know those commercials where kids say something completely inappropriate in front of people whose opinion matters (or in the grocery store where peoples’ opinions don’t really matter but it’s still totally embarrassing)…and they try to sell some candy bar as the way to get a child to be quiet… Yes, those commercials that you laughed at.  Well there are 6 kids in my home… I wish it worked.  I have had far too many of those moments over the past 17 years…if you wish to encourage the use of birth control in the youthful population I would be happy to make an appearance as a guest speaker and share some of the stories…be very afraid.

What is your favorite comfort food?

I am the carb queen.  I love carbs of any kind… fresh baked bread, mashed potatoes, even a bowl of rice!  But the ultimate balm for my exhausted and harried multi-tasking soul has to be chocolate; I keep a bowl of this instant sanity saver in my office at all times (and I share, so if you drop by feel free to grab a piece or two).

If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Kosrae Island in Micronesia…scuba diving around some of the world’s most pristine coral reefs, boonie stomping, ruins, cultural roots that are not extremely distorted by frequent tourism, coconut, mangos, breadfruit…this place has it all

Your favorite quote…

We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are. – Anais Nin

Role in center 

Post Doctoral Fellow

Areas of interest  

Prevention/outreach, specifically around sexual assault and relationship violence, Trauma therapy, Development of any kind, Program evaluation, Theoretical integration

Degrees awarded, in what field, from what school, and when. 

PhD in Clinical Psychology, The University of Montana, Missoula MT 2013

MS in Counseling Psychology, Bemidji State University 2008

BS in Child Psychology, University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development 2007

BS in Applied Psychology- Human Services Management, Bemidji State University 2005

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Contact Information

The Counseling Center
5721 Cutler Health Center
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1392 | Fax: (207) 581-4975
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System