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Dr. Kristi Hottenstein, LPC, LPCC

Stress, Anxiety Grief Depression Coping with life changes Coaching
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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.

Professional experience

13yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: 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

License information

MI LPC 6401010570

NJ LPC 37PC00845200

CA LPCC 11514

TX LPC 87144

AZ LPC LPC-20541


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.

I feel Dr. Hottenstein is very knowledgeable and I am very comfortable talking with her about my issues

Written on Feb 13, 2023 after therapy with Kristi for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Very good

Written on Feb 09, 2023 after therapy with Kristi for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, and coping with life changes

My therapist Is on point and listens. I find the sessions helpfulsessions and convenient.

Written on Dec 09, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 3 months on issues concerning family conflicts

She is wonderful!!

Written on Dec 02, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, anger management, and coaching

I had the pleasure of working with Kristi again today and I cannot say enough positive things about her. She is an incredibly knowledgeable and understanding professional who takes the time to really understand her clients and their individual needs. She is always willing to listen to my concerns and provided me with helpful advice and strategies to help me work through my issues. She is also very patient and encouraging, which makes me feel comfortable and able to open up. I would highly recommend Kristi to anyone looking for an experienced and compassionate therapist.

Written on Nov 29, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

The best! Dr. Hottenstein helped me bypass a seemingly impossible section of the road that was the last few months of my life. Without her support, I feel like I would have been lost and would have continued down that bumpy road that leads to nowhere and despair. She held me accountable when no one else would. She helped me stay focused and driven by helping me look forward to my future, while acknowledging and simultaneously, helping me deal with my past. You would be lucky to have the algorithm match you with her. I was!!

Written on Nov 29, 2022 after therapy with Kristi for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and anger management