Greetings and Salutations!
My name is Kristi Ebsen (she/her) and I am the owner of Bobbi Ebsen Psychotherapy. I provide mental health counseling services, both in-person and telehealth to ages 12 years old and up
A little about me: I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, graduating from the University of Michigan (2003). I completed my EMDR training from the gold standard of training at the EMDR Institute in Watsonville, California the original institute started by the founder of EMDR, Francine Shapiro, PhD. I am a Wilderness First Responder, and lead forest therapy hikes on the weekend. I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Dominican Republic 95-98), a Returned Crisis Corps Volunteer (Sri Lanka summer of 2006), a Teacher Certified Yoga Instructor (Sivananda Yoga Ashram 2005), completed in-depth meditation training – 1 ½ years of training toward a Buddhist priest program while living in a Buddhist temple for 3+ years (Zen Buddhist Temple in Ann Arbor, Michigan). Currently, learning about Native American tools and beliefs, I try and learn from the elders and incorporate what I learn into my practice, when I can. I am attending my first Vision Quest in November 2023 through the Rites of Passages established in 1977 Michael Bodkin.
Personally, my childhood was spent growing up on a farm in a poor, alcoholic, violent, uneducated family system on the plains of Nebraska. I attended one of the last remaining “one room schools” in our country. The education system was terrible, and I didn’t know who Martin Luther King or Row vs Wade was when I entered college in 1989. I had a lot of catching up to do and tapped into all the resources available, tutoring on writing, reading, I handed my papers in 2 weeks early, and my professor would correct them and give me an opportunity to fix them and learn from the experience. I worked hard and graduated with Honors with a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1994.
At 18yo, I discovered the effectiveness of psychotherapy, and it saved my life. I thought, if I could help one person the way my therapist had helped me as a teenager, my life would be worth living. Now I have 20+ years as a clinician. I have worked in various counseling settings, with people from diverse backgrounds with all kinds of struggles. My struggles and experiences have really made me the powerful therapist I am today.
I am available for providing workshops on: stress management, PTSD, warning signs for parents when their kids may need counseling, trauma, EMDR and other mental health topics.
Thank you for your time in reading my story and feel free to contact me at: 734-223-6014.