Counselor Education


Interim Department Chair of Counselor Education; Lecturer, Field Placement Coordinator
Alexnader Katopis

Office Location

Office 400D, Bailey Hall, Gorham Campus


(207) 400-0270

Academic Degrees

  • MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Southern Maine
  • BS, Social & Behavioral Sciences, University of Southern Maine


Alexander earned his Bachelor's in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Southern Maine (USM). He is an LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) and has studied, trained and specialized in working with individuals, couples, and families. He also earned his CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor – CAC 5053) certification and MHRT-C (Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Community) certification. 

His professional counseling experience includes work in graduate practicum and internship settings, as well as his professional career in working with adults with co-occurring disorders; facilitating psycho-educational/counseling groups; and consulting with families and couples that have children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties within the home, professional, and academic settings. 

Alexander believes that a foundational aspect of clinical mental health practice is receiving adequate clinical supervision. He encourages and supports all the mental health providers, practitioners, and counselor education graduate students who work directly with clients to receive clinical supervision on a regular basis, not only to discover more about themselves but also to continue to enhance the treatment they render to clients they support.

Alexander has also been a member of AMHCA (American Mental Health Counselors Association) for approximately 8 years, and a board member of MEMHCA (Maine Mental Health Counselors Association). He has worked in multiple venues and settings in the social services field and has broad exposure to various roles within the field. Throughout his career in the mental health arena he has held multiple roles as a direct support professional, case manager, group home assistant director, case manager and HCT (Home Community Treatment) team leader, agency program manager and regional director and clinical director. Most recently, Alexander was a Regional Clinical Director at SequelCare of Maine, overseeing clinical, administrative and operational functions for the southern region of the agency. He has worked with a wide range of clients ranging from 3-years-old to the psychogeriatrics population.

He strongly believes in working collaboratively with clients, families, providers, academic institutions, community resources, staff, and government officials to create and expand an environment that is conducive for clients to experience personal growth and wellness.

Areas of Expertise

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Research Interests

  • Group counseling
  • Counselor education student success
  • Telemental health
  • Treatment interventions & modalities
  • Clinical Supervision

Recent Publications

"Peer-led Groups within a Counselor Education Program and Across the University" - The Journal for Specialists in Group Work - 2022

“The Impact of Supervisory Working Alliance and Perceived Supervision Quality on Counselor Self-Reported Burnout” - The Professional Counselor - 2021


2022 Wisdom Journeys Conference titled “Myth of the Labyrinth and its Clinical Applications: A Wisdom Journey to Ancient Crete, Greece – May 22nd, 2022 - May 26th, 2022 – co-facilitated with my colleagues and business partners Lois LeBlanc, LCPC, and Bodhi Simpson, LCPC

2022 USM (University of Southern Maine) Workshop titled “Introduction to telemental health ethical practices, considerations, and clinical approaches” – February 20th, 2022 – co-facilitated with my colleague Charlie Bernacchio, Ed.D.

2020 MEMHCA (Maine Mental Health Counselors Association) Annual Membership Meeting. Workshop titled “Ethics: Professional Considerations and Case Discussion” – October 16th, 2020

Creative Activity

Co-own training business that provides continuing eduction to counseling professionals.

Awards and Recognition

2021 Recipient of the Maine Counselors Association John Parkman Award – Service to the Profession of Counseling

Professional Activity

Member of AMHCA (American Mental Health Counselors Association), ACA (American Counseling Association), ASGW (Association for Specialists in Group Work), MeMHCA (Maine Mental Health Counselors Association), MeCA (Maine Counseling Association), ACES (Association for Counselor Education and Supervision), and NARACES (North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision)