Kathi Butler Hepler

Tell us a little 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 am delighted to be here and to call UMaine my home.  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, I enjoy a busy life as a mother/step mother of 5 wonderful adolescents and 1 young adult (no I am not being sarcastic; I really love the whole adolescent thing).  They give me ample opportunity to do many of the other things I love, such as cooking, hiking, 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, I have 4 teenagers at the moment…I wish it worked.  I have had far too many of those moments over the past 22 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…

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 soul has to be chocolate; I keep a bowl of this instant sanity saver in my office at all times.

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 mass 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

Staff Psychologist

Areas of Interest

Life transitions – with all their inherent anxiety, frustration, joy, and sadness – seem to encompass much of what people come to talk about.  I also do a fair bit of work with Trauma, Anxiety, and OCD; and working with folks on the Autism Spectrum has long been near and dear to me.

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

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

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

MS in Counseling Psychology, Bemidji State University 2008

PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Montana, 2013