Luke Thimmesch
Luke Thimmesch
Personal Statement

I believe we are made to know and to be known and to love and to be loved. We experience this bi-directional relationship via authentic connection. As humans, we are always looking to relate, but often the connection is made, instead, with lies about our value or worth. If we do not connect with other individuals, relating with destructive self-narratives seems like an all-too-easy alternate solution.

My passion is for clients to experience “being known” during our times together, for the beauty of relating with another living soul often facilitates the redemption of destructive narratives we unwittingly carry. As we experience connection with another’s presence, we often learn that it is worth fighting for additional authentic bonds, too, for destructive narratives do not bring peace in the same way as does a smile from a good friend. I believe therapy is a place of refuge to begin to trust, once again, that smile from a friend and to prioritize future smiles and true connection.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, I am an avid sports fan of teams from Chicago’s northern neighbor. However, Chicago is now my endearing home and I cherish both the beauty and diversity of the city’s neighborhoods, cultures, and food. Exploring all this city has to offer could take a lifetime and I am up to the challenge. When not eating my way through Chicago, I am likely staying active, reading a good book, enjoying live theater, or laughing about inside jokes with friends and family.

Treatment Areas and Competencies

Anxiety & Depression


Church Hurt

Faith & Spirituality

Guilt & Shame

Grief & Loss

Identity Formation

Porn Compulsivity and
Sex Addiction

Gender & Sexuality

Approach to Therapy

My desire for our partnership is that you experience the freedom to be yourself. I strive to create an environment where honesty might become second nature and where both boisterous laughter and grievous tears are welcome to coexist. All of you is welcome here. Together, we will co-create a growth plan unique to you. I do not take for granted the vulnerability it requires to share deep wounds. As a result, I am honored to play even a small role in your journey since it is you who has the right to decide who enters your story of healing. You will never be forced to discuss an area of your story that you would rather not review. However, my hope in the counseling room is that a space does exist for you to be yourself, carefully cultivated via validation, appreciation, and respect for all that you are (and just as importantly, all that you are not). Change is possible, but it starts with relationship. Together, we will find solutions that tap into your natural giftings and strengths. You are resilient or else you wouldn’t be reading this now, contemplating therapy and the hope for a brighter day.


Treatment Modalities and Theoretical Orientations

Attachment Theory

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Gestalt Therapy

Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Narrative Therapy

Person-Centered Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy

Solution-Focused Therapy

Spiritual Direction & Integration

Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

Education, Licenses and Certifications

  • MA in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Summa Cum Laude
  • MA in Theological Studies (in progress) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • BS in Psychology with certificate in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Honors in the Liberal Arts and Distinction in the Major
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Contact Luke


53 W. Jackson, suite 1615 Chicago 60604


(414) 502-7619