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Dr. Char Houben, PhD

Dr. Char Houben (she/her), received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University and has a rich training background in relational psychoanalytic therapy, health psychology, and neuropsychology, particularly focusing on late-identified adult Autism. Her diverse experience spans outpatient clinics, universities, and community settings. She has a specific passion for serving adults from diverse backgrounds, including those from BIPOC, queer, trans, and neurodivergent communities.


Dr. Houben has expertise in a broad range of concerns including anxiety, depression, grief & loss, emotion dysregulation, chronic illness, emerging adult transitions, and interpersonal relationships. She has specialized training in working with developmental & complex trauma, neurodevelopmental concerns, identity development (race/ethnicity, sexuality & gender), racial minority stress, and health-related psychology.

Dr. Houben was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. In her spare time, she enjoys research and data analysis, thinking through complex problems, travel, hiking, gardening, reading non-fiction, listening to podcasts, interpersonal connection, and the creative process. 

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In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Houben is an active researcher at Western Michigan University and Stanford University. Presently, she is exploring the therapist's role in repairing ruptures in the context of the therapeutic relationship. She is also partnering in a community-based study at Stanford Medicine's Center for Sleep in Autism. Her research interests include adult Autism, hormesis, the person of the therapist, adult attachment, and the process and outcome of psychotherapy. 


Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association

Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17

Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race, Division 45

Society for Clinical Neuropsychology, Division 40

Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy

The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

The Michigan Council for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

The Stanford Neurodiversity Project

Stanford Medicine Center for Sleep in Autism

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Char Houben, PhD
Licensed Psychologist

Relational Psychotherapy & Neuropsychological Assessment

983 Spaulding Avenue SE
Ada, MI 49301



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