John Dichtl


Christian Therapist Northbrook Dichtl

John provides counseling for adults within individual and marital sessions. He integrates cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and emotionally-focused couples’ therapy to meet the needs of his clients. His work integrates Christian principles into all aspects of therapy to promote spiritual growth and healing.

“Clients often tell me that they feel “stuck” and don’t know what to do next.  My approach is to come alongside clients and talk through issues to explore avenues for growth and change.  I help identify barriers to change and challenge unhelpful thought patterns that feed that “stuck” feeling.  I also help clients identify their strengths and gifts to aid in their healing and growth.  I approach this work from a Christian worldview to help clients mature in their faith.  My work involves brave conversations, compassion, honesty, and, occasionally, tears and laughter.”

Some treatment areas that John frequently works with include:

Anger, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Boundaries, Depression, Fear, Grief, Marital Concerns, Panic Disorder, Relationship Issues, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Self-Injury, Sexual Compulsion, Spiritual Issues, and Stress.

John has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2012. John earned his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University in 2012 and his Master’s of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2006. He did his internship at the Addictions Treatment Program at the Lake County Health Department in Waukegan. He also worked as a case manager and a flex counselor for the Lake County Health Department. He is also a member of the American Counseling Association.

John currently serves as an addictions counselor for the Lake County Health Department’s inpatient Addictions Treatment Program.  His work touches on all aspects of addictions with a special focus on Motivational Interviewing to help move clients through the process of change. He also served as a case manager for the county where he helped clients with a mental health diagnosis maintain their independent living by developing coping skills and accessing community resources.

John serves on the Vestry at his church.  He also serves on the teaching, communion, and music teams.  In the past, he has been a small group leader and facilitated divorce recovery groups as well.  He enjoys learning about social issues and is interested in Christianity and contemporary culture.

John offers reduced fees to clients who meet financial guidelines.