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Axel F. Hettinger, MSW


Axel Hettinger (he/him) specializes in client focused therapeutic techniques. His work incorporates the arts and any special interests clients may have. Axel is a queer therapist who strives to create a welcoming, affirming and warm environment for all clients, and specifically works with LGBTQIA+ clients seeking gender affirming care. Axel is a former Interlochen Arts Academy graduate and utilizes art, music, personal style, and popular culture in his therapeutic practice. He enjoys working with children, teenagers and young adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, ADHD, and gender identity exploration. He specifically enjoys working with young adult and adolescent populations, journeying with them through major life transitions using trauma informed care where needed. 

Axel earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Japanese from Eckerd College in 2018 and his Masters of Social Work from Grand Valley State University in 2022. For several years he’s worked with adolescents as a counselor, mentor and community organizer. Axel is a regular collaborator and facilitator with the Grand Rapids Pride Center and speaks at Universities and schools to promote cultural understanding of underserved communities.

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

To schedule an appointment with Axel, please call 616-259-7207.

Supervisor Contact Information: Laura Hazekamp, MSW

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