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Alex Houseknecht, PhD

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Our experiences shape how we think, feel, and participate in the world. From individual personality, to family of origin, to cultural context, the interaction of internal and external can result in feelings of depression or anxiety, difficulty in relationships, or confusion about identity. Sometimes all that’s needed is short-term help that focuses on developing better coping skills, and other times deep, long-term, insight-oriented work is necessary to disentangle complex lifelong difficulties.


Alex (he/him) focuses on developing a trusting therapeutic relationship, which sets the foundation to process painful experiences and celebrate meaningful change. By exploring the richness of your internal world and your interpersonal experiences, you will gain insight into the underlying forces that influence the way you think, feel, and behave. Alex will collaborate with you to manage overwhelming feelings, integrate traumatic experiences, and help identify and remove the obstacles


that block your natural ability to grow. With new clarity, you'll be able to break unhelpful patterns, heal from psychological wounds, and move forward in your life with mindful intentionality.


Alex earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. His dissertation was a narrative inquiry study on adult women survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their journey into individual counseling. Alex has worked with adults and adolescents in various settings across Seattle, Chicago, and Grand Rapids, including community mental health organizations, homeless shelters, university counseling centers, and in private practice. 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 616-259-7207.

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