John Hughes, LPC, NCC

John Hughes has graduate degrees in both Public Administration and Clinical Mental Health Counseling and joins the Center for Contextual Change as a Board Certified Counselor after working for ten years in the mental health field in an administrative capacity. During his clinical training at Peer Services, John gained knowledge in trauma informed care and substance use disorders and worked with a diverse group of clients including couples and families. John also has experience working in an Intensive Outpatient (IOP) setting where he facilitated groups for adults and young adults.

John approaches his clinical work with a strong emphasis on relationships, attachment and the importance of multi-cultural approaches. John understands the importance of knowing where a client comes from and where they have been in order to develop interventions and approaches that are safe, effective and familiar. He also believes that in order to truly help clients you must understand the context in which they live and learn including patterns and behaviors that may have repeated over time. Through the use of DBT, CBT and the Collaborative Change Model, John and his clients work collaboratively to better understand their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. He has experience working with clients from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and members of the LGBTQ community.

John was trained in couples work by Dr. Stan Tatkin, the creator of the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT), and has also completed trainings with renowned couples therapist Esther Perel. 

John provides clinical services to individuals, couples, and families in our West Loop and Skokie Offices.

"If you don't understand yourself you don't understand anybody else." - Nikki Giovanni