Anthony J. Hughes
Executive clinical director and co-founder of the Relationship Counseling & Psychotherapy Services
licensed clinical therapist (LCPC)
I began my study at John A. Logan College and Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), with focus on disorders of psychosis and personality. I returned to SIUC to specialize in Rehabilitation Counseling with mental health and medical aspects focus.
I’m very passionate about empowering you with healthy tools for those that struggle with substance abuse, co-occurring illness, cognitive or mood disturbance, psychosocial barriers, and medical challenges, and life transitional issues.
I’m excited to work with adults and teenagers with combined behavioral and emotional challenges including depression, bipolar mood, personality and behavioral challenges, specifically when these damage self-esteem and the ability to effectively navigate family relationships.
It is my belief that the professional therapy relationship can be life-changing! You can expect a fulfilling experience from working with me, in that I believe that a great client-therapist relationship is essential to the healing process. Trust, candidness, positive energy, and willingness to explore the meaning of behaviors, feelings and thoughts make up this therapeutic alliance.
I’m eager to embark on a journey of self-discovery with you; the benefits will include building on your capacity for resolving conflict and expressing self- and other-directed love. Bringing forth your most genuine and effective self will build on your resilience to the struggles of frustration, loss and despair. Deeper exploration and work to be your best self might lead to the rewards of a purpose-driven life…sharpening your sense of personal identity, therefore transforming your connection to the world!
On a personal note, I have endured many hardships that connect me with my clients’ struggles. Born to parents from distant places and raised in a community dissimilar to my family unit, I experienced culture shock and bullying from “the word go”. More recently, I have been through the trials of grief from loss, divorce, relocation and changing employment. These tough times have educated and enhanced my personal development and empowered my therapeutic approach.
I understand, relate, sympathize and would love to help you uncover the hidden wisdom in your similar circumstances!