- Ed.D., University of Maine
Bette Katsekas is an Associate professor in the Counselor Education Program with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling. She has over 30 years’ experience in the counseling field and worked as an Employee Assistance Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor, University Counseling Center Clinician, inpatient and outpatient hospital-based clinician and supervisor, consultant and a clinician in Private Practice. She was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Teaching and Research, and Faculty Senate awards in Teaching and Research and recently re-appointed by the Chancellor of the UMaine system as the system representative on the Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure. In addition to teaching she consults and supervises in the field and does training in ethical decision-making and self-care.
A long-standing member of the American Counseling Association, she is also a member of the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES), and the Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender issues in Counseling (AGLBTIC). She is a member of the Northern New England Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (NNEACES) and has served recently as its Treasurer. She also serves as the University of Southern Maine liaison to the National Board of Certified Counselors. She has published a book on Counselor Self-care, articles on holistic interpersonal mindfulness, interpersonal wellness, psychological violence against gay and lesbian people, being with clients in difficult times and emotional literacy in the workplace. Currently she is focusing on developing a theoretical paradigm that integrates process-centered, science-based (including neuroscience, behavioral science and quantum science) frameworks.
She and her longtime partner live in Portland with their 2 children, dog, and 2 cats. She enjoys soccer games, spending time with her family, friends, Greek cooking, walking, cycling, and being outdoors near the ocean- especially along Portland’s Back Cove and East End peninsula.