Bob Kleinheksel, L.M.S.W, M. Div., is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Therapist with an MSW from Grand Valley State University. He also holds a Masters of Divinity Degree from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI and is an ordained Ministry and pastoral counselor. Bob specializes in couple therapy and relationship/communication enhancement and is honored to engage with all couples including those in the LBGT community. He has and brings particular experience, passion and sensitivity to LBGT couples and individuals and the unique issues they may face.

Bob also has particular training and interest in personality disorders and seeks to help people understand how to cope with and manage one's own and others' particular personality styles. Bob brings expertise in conducting full psychological reports and profiles and works with individuals and their physicians and school staff in discerning particular needs such as medications or other interventions.

Bob has been trained in the William Bridges model of transition and brings expertise in recognizing and managing life's changes, losses and challenges - including relationships, divorce, grief over ones loved and loss of health or mobility. He has facilitated divorce recovery groups and life/relationship transitions over the years.

Bob provides group facilitation and one on one services to the Medical Weight Loss Program at North Ottawa Community Hospital. He bring expertise to matters of food and sugar addiction, mental health issues and stress eating and many other themes related to sustainable weight loss and health. At Start and Associates, he brings care and sensitivity to those struggling with weight loss and those attempting to create various changes in their lives.

Bob brings a combination of client-centered and humanistic-focused therapy to those he encounters. He also brings expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. Bob also engages with and has passion for the elderly community and is able to provide counseling services off site at American House and Grand Pines and other care facilities as needed.

Bob spent a brief time as a Naval Chaplain, particularly with the US Marine Corps and is very sensitive to the issues many veterans and their family members experience. Bob is a father of 3 adult children and has particular interest in family systems, healthy family functioning and communication, parenting techniques and healthy boundaries.

Bob is also honored to officiate at wedding ceremonies of any kind, special child dedications/celebrations, re-affirmations of vows and memorial/end of life gatherings in all settings.

Bob has been in the helping profession for 30 years and continues to be enlivened, stimulated and challenged with the vast scope of human conditions and possibilities for growth. He believes in and promotes what can be achieved and works to encourage the emergence of beautiful and better places, attitudes, relationships, realities and possibilities.

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Please contact Bob at (616) 402-9922 or by email

For Insurance billing purposes, all services will be billed under: Dr. Toni Start, License #6301014058