Char M. Houben, Ph.D


Sometimes, deep emotional pain seems inescapable. Wounds seldom heal for those that mourn alone, but rather through genuine connection in the context of relationship. Char (she/her) believes that the relationship between the therapist and client is the foundation of the therapeutic enterprise, a sacred space where we are allowed to be deeply seen and known. She genuinely values individual differences and approaches each client with warmth, empathy, dignity, and respect.

Char strives to foster a safe environment by cultivating a spirit of collaboration in the therapeutic relationship.  Char’s is open and affirming to the LGBTQ community, drawing from personal strengths and considering individual resilience factors, sociocultural context, 


and diverse intersecting identities in order to empower and reestablish a sense of overall well-being.

Char primarily functions from an interpersonal framework in which relational patterns and cognitive schemas shape human functioning. From this framework, she works to provide a reparative experience that will allow clients to create self-narratives that are more coherent, affirming, and flexible.


Char earned her Master of Arts (M.A.) in 2016 in Counseling from Cornerstone University. She is currently seeking a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University. She has experience in psychological testing and treating complex trauma. As a licensed professional counselor, Char has training and experience in working with adults and specializes in treating issues such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss, posttraumatic stress disorder, complex trauma, sexual abuse, and minority stress.

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

To schedule an appointment with Char, please call her at 616-259-7207.