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About Bret

Bret A. Hoxworth MA, LLP

Bret Hoxworth
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Bret is actively engaged as a privately practicing Master's Level Psychologist with over 20 years of counseling experience in the mental health field, including church-based pastoral care.


Bret earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at Western Michigan University, focusing on relationship and family issues. He graduated with Honors.


He has a proven track record in improving the quality of clients’ lives with particular specialty focused on listening and successfully guiding towards inner healing from disorders dealing with anxiety, depression, addictions, childhood traumas, eating issues, mood, cognitive, personality, psychotic, and/or many other difficulties.

Bret counsels individuals, couples, children 8 yr+, families, and groups. He also specializes in EMDR treatment and the Low Energy Neurofeedback (LENS) treatment.


His passion is to help those who are hurting or broken to be restored to a healthier and fuller self-esteem, and/or equip them to make healthier and more balanced connections with others in their lives.


Bret is also a Prepare & Enrich program facilitator for marriage counseling. This program includes surveys for both partners which provides an objective measurement of relationship. 


Bret and Steve form an effective team in helping children find healing in their spirits, souls, and bodies from trauma and complex-trauma experiences that have wounded or devastated them in profound ways.


Bret is certified to accept VA CCN insurance (VA Community Care Network - Optum)

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Professional Experience

Counseling Psychologist

Centennial Park
Grand Rapids & Nashville, MI

April 2007 – May 2018

Substance Abuse Counselor


Lansing, MI

December 2012 – January 2016

Family Therapist

Lutheran Social Services of Michigan

Lansing Therapy

Lansing, MI

April 2011 – May 2012

Home-based Therapist

Bethany Christian Services

Grand Rapids, MI

August 2010 – April 2011

Resident Resource Coordinator/Counselor

Lutheran Social Services of Michigan

Grand Rapids, MI

December 2001 – August 2010

Counseling Psychologist

Lakewood Counseling Services

Lake Odessa, MI

April 2004 – March 2007

Education and Licensing


Limited License - Master’s, State of MI

2002 – present        

  • Board of Psychology License


Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

September 1997 – December 2001        

  • Achieved Summa Cum Laude status


Bachelor’s of Arts in Religion

Cornerstone University

Grand Rapids, MI

September 1978 – May 1982

  • Achieved Magna Cum Laude status

Honors and Activities

  • Member of the MPA and AACC

  • Active with family, church ministries, music and singing, physical fitness,
    and reading

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