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Forest Road

Marissa Ebert 


Co-Founder/Owner of Alt Wellness &

Director of Officer Wellness with Winnebago County Sheriff's Department

Get to know Marissa

Marissa is known for being a symbol of strength and empathy in the realm of mental health and wellness. Marissa wears multiple hats as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor, Director of Officer Wellness at Winnebago County Sheriff's Department,  Registered Yoga Teacher, and Adjunct Professor at Rockford University educating on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology.​ Marissa's role at Alternative Wellness Therapies has shifted, and she is no longer seeing clients due to her position with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department. 

Marissa's passion for supporting first responders and military runs deep. Marissa comes from a family with law enforcement background, is married to a firefighter/paramedic, and personally experienced the hardships of war through personal loss of a friend killed in Iraq and Marine Veteran friend from the Afghan War, Marissa brings profound empathy and understanding to her work with this community.

Marissa's comprehensive training encompasses the application of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, an evidence-based trauma therapy, specifically designed for treating trauma, attachment disorders, and other diagnoses. She customizes her therapeutic methods to effectively navigate a spectrum of challenges, ranging from anxiety, depression, childhood trauma, PTSD, and Complex PTSD to attachment issues, ADHD, grief and loss, adjustment disorders, chronic illnesses, and beyond.​ Her deep understanding of medical diagnoses, especially the complications of chronic illnesses like autoimmune disorders, stems from her own experiences living with Celiac’s Disease and Hashimoto’s Disease.


Beyond her professional endeavors, Marissa is a passionate community advocate, engaging in educational initiatives, training programs, and hosting events. Her workshops cater to diverse audiences, including community members, first responders, students, non-profit employees, teachers, and aspiring yoga instructors. Marissa's community involvement has earned her recognition, featuring on local news for her impactful contributions and unique yoga events.


In her personal time, Marissa finds joy in the company of her husband, two children, family, friends, and three dogs. Her love for cultural events, attending comic cons, enjoying concerts, and live comedy underscores her zest for life. 


Marissa's journey is an inspiring showcase of resilience, compassion, dedication, and a deep commitment to professional endeavors. Her genuine enthusiasm for making a positive impact shines through, making her a guiding light for those seeking healing and personal growth.

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