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.  

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Meet the Owner


John Sykes

MSW, LCSW, Owner (he/they)

John Sykes 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 

What Are People Saying?

Therapy Session

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


—  N.F.