Alex Houseknecht, MA

Our experiences, positive and negative, shape how we think, feel, and participate in the world. Sometimes we can end up in a place where we feel depressed or anxious, have difficulty in relationships, or lack a sense of identity. Alex strives to provide a space where all of the things that leave us feeling stuck are welcomed as essential to the process of healing. He will collaborate with you to help manage overwhelming feelings, integrate traumatic experiences, and discover important patterns.


Alex works from a relational perspective, which emphasizes the influence of important relationships on psychological development. He also focuses on the influence of social and environmental factors, such as systemic oppression and socioeconomic status. Alex believes that

the relationship formed between therapist and client can provide insight into ways of thinking and relating that may have contributed to current difficulties. Alex is LGBTQ+ affirming and recognizes the significance of race and gender in the formation of identity and the development of the therapeutic relationship.


Alex earned his Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in 2014. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University, where he is conducting research on the experiences of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Alex has worked with adults and adolescents in community mental health and university settings in Seattle, Chicago, and Grand Rapids. He has experience working with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, chronic childhood abuse, severe mental illness, and with individuals in the LGBTQ+ community. He also has experience completing psychological assessments for ADHD, learning disorders, and for refugees seeking citizenship.

Accepted insurance plans: BCBS, Out-of-Network, Private Pay

To schedule an appointment with Alex, please call him at 616-259-7207.

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1000 Monroe Avenue NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

River City Psychological Services

Tel: 616.259.7207

Fax: 616.259.7261

Logo Art Credit: Jonathan Helander