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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Relational Psychoanalytic therapy?
    Relational Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an interpersonal experience that emphasizes the healing properties of 2 people collaboratively making sense of life in ways that are meaningful to the client. From the beginning of therapy, client and therapist work together to build a safe and trusting relationship that enables the client to experience aspects of their inner life that have been hidden because they are painful, shame-provoking, or resisted. Contemporary perspectives emphasize the meaning of a client’s unique and subjective experiences. Based on current studies plus research in child development, memory, neurobiology, and culture, Relational Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an advanced approach for making sense of ourselves and the world around us. Relational Psychoanalytic psychotherapy continues to be an innovative, evolving framework that opens up possibilities for development of identity and a deeper understanding of the subjective self. The Relational perspective emphasizes the individual’s embeddedness within the social context and places particular value on sociocultural issues as well as other external systems. A psychotherapist trained in Relational Psychoanalytic psychotherapy focuses on past experiences and on the here-and-now of an individual’s experiences and relationships. Treatment traces these patterns back to their historical origins, considers how they have changed, and helps the individual to cope better with the realities of their current life situation. The Relational Psychoanalytic perspective not only focuses on unconscious thoughts and feelings but more importantly explores the impact of early and current relationships on an individual’s sense of self and well-being. This framework uses the intersection between therapist and client to help the client understand patterns and repetitions in their relationships. In a relational approach, we are not merely managing symptoms or requiring the client to “do” something, but it is an ever-evolving, unfolding process. You can expect that therapy will not be a linear process and change takes place over time. Problems emerge, recede, and change over time as a result of both intrapersonal and interpersonal growth. For an extensive discussion on relational psychoanalysis: The psychoanalytic perspective stresses the importance of understanding that: · Each individual is unique · There are factors outside of an individual’s awareness which influence their thoughts and actions · The past shapes the present · Human develop expands throughout the lifespan
  • What can I expect during the therapeutic process?
    Embarking on a therapeutic journey with me means delving into the depths of your experiences to gain a profound understanding of how they have shaped your sense of self and your relationships. Our sessions will be a space for open exploration, where we unravel the root causes of your challenges and discover new pathways to healing. As we embark on this transformative journey, here’s what you can expect from our therapeutic work together: Weekly sessions and a long-term therapeutic relationship. For meaningful growth to occur, it is important for us to meet on a consistent basis. I find that clients who are committed to regular sessions and building a long-term therapeutic relationship tend to benefit most from our work together. This allows us to develop trust, explore complexities, and navigate the depths of your experiences through the following: Uncovering repetitive relational patterns Exploring ways to shift from rigidity to psychological flexibility Delve into the landscape of feelings, exploring how you express and regulate Exploring the dynamics that unfold in the therapeutic relationship Examine past and present relationships
  • Do you accept insurance?
    To support your autonomy in managing your medical records, we do not bill insurance companies directly for services rendered. This approach offers several advantages, including streamlining the therapy and assessment process, eliminating the need for prior authorization, and safeguarding your privacy and confidentiality.
  • What are your rates?
    Consultation: Complementary Individual and consultation services: The rate will be discussed during your initial free consultation. Neuropsychological Assessment: Assessments start at $1500. After the initial intake appointment, a Good Faith Estimate will be provided to you and does not include any unexpected costs that may arise during the assessment process as costs may vary based on your assessment needs. For more information
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please provide at least 24 hour's notice. Otherwise, you will be responsible to pay for the full cost of the missed session.

Char Houben, PhD
Licensed Psychologist

Relational Psychotherapy & Neuropsychological Assessment

983 Spaulding Avenue SE
Ada, MI 49301



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