Al Heystek, MDiv, MA, LPC, is an ordained clergy person and Licensed Professional Counselor. He has specialized in working with men since 1995. Trained in EMDR Treatment and with a special interest in helping men recover from trauma, Al has been offering specialized counseling for men at the Men’s Resource Center in Grand Rapids since 2002.
Al’s expertise also includes anger and control issues, substance use disorders, and sexual addiction issues as well as other areas including personal growth, relationships, intimacy, fathering, and spirituality issues. His clients have included vets from the Viet Nam war, Iraq, and other military-related conflicts.
For a number of years, Al has lead men’s support groups in Grand Rapids’ Heartside community with Heartside Ministry. His passion for working with men on their journeys of healing and growth is very much connected to his own personal growth.
He is a part of the Mankind Project, a men’s network of interdependent centers with members internationally. The goal of the Mankind Project is to enable men to live lives of integrity, accountability, and connection to feeling. Al has participated in project workshops and is active in a men’s group himself. He sees this work as having deep parallels with the mission of the Men’s Resource Center.