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About Us

According to Sykes  is a culturally responsive mental health provider that focuses on advancing anti-racism, social justice and anti-oppression.    


According to Sykes does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, or marital status.  

  Contact us today to find out more about us!

Meet the Owner


John Sykes

MSW, LCSW, Owner (he/they)

John Sykes is an integrated therapist, abolitionist and educator.  John is the owner of According to Sykes.  John works with individuals, families and communities impacted by the complexities of traumatic life events. He uses a relational framework as a vehicle to facilitate healing and reflective spaces. Body-centered,  inner selves work and systemic models are approaches used in his practice. 


  • Bachelor of Science in Youth Services Administration, Northeastern Illinois University

  • Master of Clinical Social Work, Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work with a Concentration in Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy 


  • Clinical Social Worker, Licensed in Illinois

  • Lecturer at the University of Chicago's Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice.

  • Lectured at Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois - Chicago

  • Thirty-five years of social services experience specializing in complex trauma, child welfare, children's mental health, residential, domestic violence and community health.  

Areas of Expertise

  • Complex Traumatic Stress

  • Somatic Body Centered Therapy 

  • Play Therapy 

  • Clinical Consultation 

Meet The Team

Daunte Henderson

Clinical Social Worker/Therapist MSW, LSW (He/Him/His)


David D. Robertson

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, MSSW, LMSW (He/Him/His)

 In therapy you have the freedom to be curious about your journey and encouraged to be bold about countering any narrative that no longer serves the highest you. I’m David D. Robertson, courage researcher, your future therapist and proud graduate of Columbia University’s School of Social Work. I partner with children and families, employee  programs, people who have experienced childhood trauma, grief and loss, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, faith based communities, the queer community and other marginalized identities. Link to Profile


Kellie Ramdeen (starting August 2023)

Clinical Therapist Intern


You deserve to feel seen and heard. I’m Kellie Ramdeen, a counselor-in-training currently enrolled in Northwestern University’s CACREP-accredited mental health counseling master’s program. I work with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse, multicultural backgrounds in the Chicago area, helping them recognize their strengths, feel empowered to realize their goals, and increase their overall wellness. As a counselor-in-training, I am committed to social justice and advocacy, and I am dedicated to helping my clients feel supported by fostering a strong therapeutic relationship and creating a safe, judgment-free space. I am honored to support you throughout your therapeutic journey.


What Are People Saying?

Therapy Session

John is a superlative counselor. His knowledge spans psychiatric history, schools of thought and disciplines.


—  N.F.

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