Nathan Dykes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides individual and family therapy at the Northbrook and Chicago offices. His main focus is working with adolescents and adults. Nathan loves to engage his clients in their own treatment and collaborate with them in each session in order to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment. He has a very direct, yet empathetic approach that is client centered and emotion focused.
Nathan grew up in Winnetka and is a graduate of New Trier High School. He received his Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago, with a specialization in Mental Health. During graduate school, Nathan spent time working at Loyola University Medical Center in pediatric oncology, as well as at Hargrove Hospital, where he provided individual and group trauma therapy. Nathan was also a therapist and emergency services team member at Turning Point Behavioral Health Center in Skokie.
Working with adolescents, teenagers, adults, and families, Nathan has experience treating the following:
- Adolescent issues
- Men’s issues
- Life transitions
- Adjustment Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders/Phobias
- Parenting Issues
- Self-esteem Issues
- Grief and Loss
Nathan is a provider with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois PPO.
I have found that many people have preconceived notions about what the word “therapy” means. Whether it was something they saw in a television show or movie, or stories they had heard from friends about their experiences, oftentimes, people are uncomfortable with the idea of seeing a therapist. My treatment style and approach was developed with these things in mind. I believe treatment is most effective in an empathetic, supportive, and relatable environment.
My main strength is my ability to work with adolescents and adults that have either never been to therapy before, or those who have had a bad experience with it in the past. I am passionate about helping individuals overcome challenging transitions in their lives, recognizing and reversing harmful thought patterns, and using narrative techniques to help increase awareness and insight. Working together to form a therapeutic space that is completely personalized and comfortable is the first step.