Co-Founder and Clinical Psychotherapist, Chicago Center for Relational Health
Topics of Expertise: Divorce, Couples Conflict & Separation / Gender & Sexuality / Health Care / LGBTQ Partnering & Families / Marriage, Cohabitation, & Committed Relationships / Singles & Dating / Transition – Couples to Parenting / Work & Family
John Hughes has graduate degrees in both Public Administration and Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a Board Certified Clinical Counselor. In 2020 John founded the Chicago Center for Relational Health (CCRH) so that he could focus his clinical work on helping individuals, couples and families secure and maintain healthy relationships. Before founding CCRH John worked at renowned trauma-focused practice, the Center for Contextual Change. John’s clinical experience, work, and training include working in an Intensive Outpatient (IOP) setting where he facilitated groups for adults, young adults, and their families.
John’s passion is working with families, couples, and partners. Because of this interest, he completed an intensive year-long training in couples work with Dr. Stan Tatkin, the creator of the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) and is a Level 2 PACT Certified Clinician. In his work with couples and families, John focuses on repair after breaches of trust, estrangement, attachment styles, boundary setting, and the formation and fostering of secure relationships.
John has a particular interest and expertise in working with LGBTQ+ couples and families, younger families, millennials, and couples who are child-free by choice. John completed training in Conflict Resolution and Divorce Mediation at Northwestern University in order to assist families and couples with collaborative divorce and conscious uncoupling.
John is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA) and his advice has been featured on NPR and in Psychotherapy Networker. John is a fully licensed and Board Certified clinician in both California and Illinois.