Dr. Kristi Hottenstein

LPC, LPCC

About Me

Whether you’re experiencing difficult times or new adventures, I’m here to help. I have been a licensed professional counselor in the state of Michigan since 2009. I am the practitioner/owner of Compass Counseling & Coaching, PLLC, a member of the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association and was appointed to their board in 2021. I have a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Toledo, a masters in Counseling from the University of La Verne and a bachelors in Sociology from Alma College. I provide counseling for individuals, couples, and teens, as well as provide college selection coaching. I have a very holistic approach to counseling because no two people are the same. I see each client as an individual requiring their own unique approach. I use a variety of counseling techniques, encouraging self-awareness and the acceptance of one’s own responsibilities in their personal journey. I believe the more we know ourselves, the better we can respond to situations.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
  • Coaching
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Postpartum Depression

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Gottman Method

Years of Experience: 13

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

MI LPC 6401010570

CA LPCC 11514

TX LPC 87144

NJ LPC 37PC00845200


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Dr. Kristi Hottenstein. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by C.H. on Sep 27, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Dr hottenstein is a understanding and very positive influencing therapist. She helps the mind create ways of thinking to help you lessen anxiety and be able to be positive about many situations that you fear in the near future

Written by V.I. on Sep 08, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 3 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts

I love that she gives me work sheets and guides me in a healthy effective manner. She does not just listen but also has a voice when needed.

Written by J.O. on Sep 06, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and addictions

Great meeting. Dr Hottenstein was very easy to talk to. Very attentive to listening to my concerns and offering positive feedback. Very professional and helpful

Written by A.N. on Jun 20, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Kristi Hottenstein is a wonderful, attentive, and empathetic person. She really helped me to organise my thoughts and see things from a different perspective. She is a kind and open listener. I enjoyed working with her and would recommend her to anyone who needs a hand in a difficult moment.

Written by R.I. on May 25, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Hottenstein was very empathetic and helpful getting me through a stressful situation. I saw continuous progress. She was friendly and easy to talk to. Highly recommend!

Written by K.A. on May 13, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Dr. Hottenstein is amazing! She is calming and easy to talk to. She also helped me see things in a different light so I start feeling better. I would recommend her and this app to everyone.

Written by S.Y. on May 06, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Dr. Hottenstein is attentive to your concerns and naturally provides professional compassion. She has helped me greatly in multiple areas.

Written by E.R. on May 04, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

Dr H is wonderful. I feel so comfortable with her. I appreciate her support and her expertise. I highly recommend her if a person wants a practitioner who is friendly, knowledgeable, and easygoing. She gently challenges me and asks me questions that encourage me to further reflect. She’s amazing.

Written by M.O. on Apr 08, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Was never able to stick to one therapist until now! Grateful to finally have someone I can trust and count on

Written by C.A. on Mar 30, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

She is kind and empathetic. I'm very grateful to be able to share my experience with her and appreciate her professional support.

Written by B.R. on Mar 22, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Never had therapy before cause I never needed it until I got shot then I felt the need to talk to someone and I’m glad I came here to better help.com

Written by J.O. on Mar 07, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Thank you for listening

Written by H.A. on Feb 09, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and self esteem

I look forward to my sessions because I always feel heard and understood. Kristi has helped me so much in ways that I didn’t initially come to therapy for. I 100% would recommend her to anyone needing help or support.

Written by K.I. on Feb 08, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 2 weeks

Dr. Hottenstein is professional, knowledgeable, and is extremely relatable. Her approach should be taught in every mental health program. Dr. Hottenstein is the Gold Standard in her profession!

Written by L.A. on Feb 03, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, and career difficulties

Dr. Hottenstein has done wonders for my life, she knew exactly what I needed, and how to better my life. I appreciate everything she's done for me.

Written by Z.S. on Jan 13, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, and coaching

Dr Hottenstein has been incredibly supportive from the very first moment. I really appreciate and look forward to all our sessions. She allows for me to go on tangents enough to find the nuggets of gold but always pulls me back to focus on our therapy goals.
I feel supported and like I know there is someone who has an outside perspective on my life who has got my back. It’s really quite special, because even though I have a loving family and group of friends, there are things I cannot quite vocalise to them and Dr Hottenstein is so good at piecing things together and helping me see myself. I often feel like “ooh you hit the heart of the matter there!”. She also encourages me to write journal entries, which I always worry are too long, but are very helpful for me.
Thank you!!!

Written by N.I. on Jan 03, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 3 months on issues concerning self esteem, and coaching

I had a great, personable experience in our sessions.

Written by G.I. on Nov 14, 2021 after therapy with Kristi for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Dr. Hottenstein is a wonderful therapist, and I feel very fortunate to have found her. She's warm and caring, and just knowing she is only a message way is so comforting. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone I know and care about.

Written by S.T. on Oct 22, 2021 after therapy with Kristi for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

I really look forward to my sessions with Dr Hottenstein. I have been in therapy before where it feels like I just keep going and going, but never really make any progress. After my very first session with Dr. Hottenstein she gave me some very practical solutions to try. I love that she helps me take action to resolve the issues instead of just talking about them. Feels like talking to a friend who lets me do all the talking ha! Highly recommend.

Written by S.O. on Oct 13, 2021 after therapy with Kristi for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and self esteem

Kristi is one of the most compassionate, calming and knowledgeable people I've ever met. She understood my difficulties and needs more than even I did and with her help I feel like I'm getting my mental health back on track. She's a truly fantastic therapist.

Written by D.A. on Oct 06, 2021 after therapy with Kristi for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and anger management

I used to laugh at the idea of therapy but I hit a very low period in my life and decided to try. I am glad that I did. I still have a lot of work to do but so far I no longer feel alone

Written by G.E. on Sep 16, 2021 after therapy with Kristi for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Been having several sessions with Dr. Hottenstein and all I can say is that she’s great! She’s really super supportive and empathetic. She knows where you’re coming from and has been really helpful with ways on how you can improve the situation. Aside from that, she’s really approachable and easy to talk to. Would 100% recommend her to others.

Written by M.O. on Sep 16, 2021 after therapy with Kristi for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and addictions

Dr. Hottenstein truly listens to you and is engaged. She is very open minded and easy to talk to.
Wonderful sessions, you always feel good after each session and she really helped understand things about myself that without her, I would not have been able to.

Written by V.I. on Sep 14, 2021 after therapy with Kristi for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Dr. Kristi is full of great ideas and advice. Her friendly nature makes it easy for me to open up and I would highly recommend her. She's a great listener, empathetic and encouraging. I feel better every time we talk. Thanks Kristi.

Written by B.R. on Sep 07, 2021 after therapy with Kristi for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and addictions

It has been wonderful having her for treatment. She is easy to talk to and clear about goals.

Written by A.N. on Sep 06, 2021 after therapy with Kristi for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, eating disorders, and self esteem

Dr. Hottenstein is incredible!! She is a wonderful listener and really helps you garner new perspectives. She is so supportive, and I feel so lucky to call her my therapist!!

Written by R.O. on Sep 06, 2021 after therapy with Kristi for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and adhd

Dr.Hottenstein has been amazing in my short time having her as my councilor. She has helped me understand my emotions better, begin to process my emotions, and helped me get more introspective about how I feel. In just about a month, I feel better about some of my core issues and always look forward to our next session.

Written by J.O. on Aug 21, 2021 after therapy with Kristi for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

I would highly recommend Dr. Kristi to anyone! She is very supportive and encouraging. She was able to quickly understand what was going on with my concerns and was able to quickly address them.

Written by B.E. on Aug 20, 2021 after therapy with Kristi for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Dr. Hottenstein continues to be very helpful in her counsel, supportive in both emotional ways as well as practical ways. Really appreciate that balance and also, the continued ease with which we're able to communicate, from day one.

Written by E.L. on Aug 06, 2021 after therapy with Kristi for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and coaching

I think she’s great and would definitely recommend her to a friend.

Written by M.A. on Aug 05, 2021 after therapy with Kristi for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and anger management

Shes fabulous and relatable, I am very very thankful to have found her!

Written by S.A. on Aug 04, 2021 after therapy with Kristi for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

I have not had many sessions with Dr. Hottensrein but from how I can tell she has been supportive and encouraging!

Written by K.A. on Jul 11, 2021 after therapy with Kristi for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Dr. Kristi Hottenstein is very caring and compassionate. It shows in her ability to listen and understand someone’s situation or hardships. She provides empathetic support and meaningful guidance. I truly appreciate her help and wonderful insight!

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