Rod Hetzel, PhD

licensed psychologist & certified Gottman therapist

Dr. Rod Hetzel is a licensed psychologist and certified Gottman therapist. His mission is to help people love well and live well by providing the highest quality psychological services within a safe and supportive setting. With over 20 years of clinical practice, he has helped people with a wide range of life problems, including depression and anxiety, relationship and family concerns, chronic medical conditions, grief and loss, trauma and abuse, religious and spiritual issues, gender and identity concerns, low self-esteem, and coping with life transitions.
Dr. Hetzel’s clients describe his clinical style as authentic, compassionate, and collaborative. He uses evidence-based psychological therapies that include emotionally focused therapy, mindfulness and acceptance therapies, and relational and experiential therapies. He works closely with his clients to develop a personalized treatment plan that supports their values, meets their needs, and results in progress.
In addition to his full-time clinical practice, Dr. Hetzel is also an affiliate clinical professor of psychology and neuroscience in the APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral program at Baylor University. He teaches a graduate course in group, couples, and family therapy and provides clinical supervision to advanced clinical psychology doctoral students. He has been actively involved in research and scholarship throughout his career, which includes publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals and presenting papers at professional meetings. He recently co-edited a book on positive psychology for Oxford University Press.
Dr. Hetzel received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from DePauw University, master’s degree in Counseling and Counselor Education from Indiana University, and his doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Texas A&M University. He completed a predoctoral residency in clinical psychology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and a senior fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical School. Additionally, he has completed advanced clinical training in Gottman method couples therapy, emotionally focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mind/body medicine at Harvard Medical School.

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Problems Treated
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Grief and Loss
  • Behavioral Addictions
  • Anger Issues
  • Chronic Stress
  • Chronic Pain or Physical Illness
  • Gender and Identity Concerns
  • Insomnia and Sleep Disturbance
  • Relationship and Family Issues
  • Marital Issues
  • Life Transitions
Services Provided
  • Individual Therapy
  • Couple Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Pain Management
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Stress Management
  • Behavioral Medicine Evaluation
  • Corporate Consultation
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Psychoeducational Workshops
Clinical Approach
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Therapy
  • Compassion-Based Therapy
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Existential Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
Client Age Range
  • Adults (18 to 64)
  • Older Adults (65+)