Gary Dec, Psy.D., CSAT, CMAT
Dr. Dec has been in the practice of Clinical Psychology in the Chicago western suburbs since 1976. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University in 1974, his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Indiana State University in 1976, and his Psy.D. from Indiana State University in 1984.
Dr. Dec has been in practice over 35 years, and has remained an active member of the Chicagoland psychological treatment community. In addition to treating general psychological and relationship concerns, he has specific expertise in the behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders, and maintains expertise and certification in the treatment of addictions and in particular, sexual addiction. Throughout his practice experience, he has also extended his psychological and behavioral health background to a corporate occupational medicine setting, providing direct service to employees, consultation to managers at all levels, executive coaching, and corporate policy guidance around issues related to behavioral health.
Dr. Dec is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Illinois and a member of the American Psychological Association. He is a Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist (CMAT) and a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) through the International Institute of Trauma and Addictions Professionals (IITAP). He received his training and certification in the treatment of sexual addiction directly from Dr. Patrick Carnes. To send Dr. Dec an email request, click here.
Laura Lucas-Silvis, M.S., LPC, CSAT
Laura offers a dynamic treatment approach which integrates a variety of methods to address the unique needs of each client. These include Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Trauma Treatment, Hakomi, Internal Family Systems, Satir Family Therapy, Gestalt, and Dr. Patrick Carnes' Task-Centered Model for sex addiction treatment. The heart of her work focuses on mindfulness as a way to attune to oneself and others in order to cultivate emotional, physiological, and relational well-being.
Laura works in partnership with clients as she guides specific activities which may include psychoeducation, safe emotional discharge, inner dialogue, movement, meditation, or guided relaxation. Significant family members may be invited to participate in couple or family counseling, including those in nontraditional relationships.
Laura's training and experience spans over 35 years as a psychotherapist dedicated to deepening her capacity to guide and support psychological healing. Her specialties include sex and love addiction and trauma resolution, including childhood and adult attachment injuries. She offers long-term psychotherapy for those suffering from Developmental Trauma Disorder, a result of chaotic childhoods marked by chronic abuse and neglect.
Her most recent studies integrate neuroscience, attachment theory, relational trauma, and somatic trauma treatment to address the needs of partners of sex addicts. Her Somatic Trauma Treatment for Partners is a unique model which supports healing the physiological as well as psychological impact of discovering the betrayal of sexual acting out.
Laura is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in MN, CO, and OH. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, the Minnesota Counseling Association, and the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health. Her favorite mindfulness teacher is her collie Bodhi.
Laura invites you to call for a free initial phone consult, to determine if this would be a good fit for you.
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Cynthia Reetz, M.A., LCPC, CSAT
Cynthia is a licensed clinical professional counselor that believes her purpose is to guide individuals and couples toward relief and recovery. She is trained and skilled in the treatment of sex and love addiction, family of origin issues, other addictions, codependency, depression, anxiety, traumas, relational and parenting challenges. Cynthia specializes in working with partners of those experiencing sexual addiction.
To promote healing, Cynthia utilizes an integrative method that includes: deep empathy and compassion, experiential work, a task centered approach, EMDR, and healing within the mind/body connection. She develops and facilitates personalized intensive programs as well as experiential and task focused therapy groups. These programs provide a safe space to challenge old patterns providing each person with the opportunity to create real change in their lives and relationships.
Cynthia received her Master of Arts in Counseling from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in 2008 and has been practicing throughout the Chicagoland area since then. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005.
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Brian G. Lengfelder LCPC, CAADC, MISAI, CCJP, SAP, MAC, ACRPS, CSAT/CMAT
"I believe therapy is an intimate form of learning which demands a therapist who is willing to be authentic, compassionate, accepting, and collaborative in the therapeutic process. Every one of my clients deserves to have their story heard from their perspective and be actively engaged in the process of change for improving their wellbeing and learning to live to their full potential."
Brian has been in the addiction/mental health field since 1993. He has been described as a practical, realistic, and down-to-earth therapist who is naturally inquisitive and goal oriented. He brings his warm and light hearted sense of humor to the therapy process, as he has learned that the best way to lead a person toward wellbeing and happiness is to make the psychotherapy process relaxed, enjoyable and non-judgmental.
Brian relies on several different psychotherapy approaches as he doesn't believe in a "one size fits all" approach to psychotherapy. Whenever possible, he uses Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) or Trauma-Informed Care which relies on the thorough, careful and thoughtful uses. He strives to have an immediate impact on his clients so that he can expedite their goals and desires for mental health, happiness and comfort.
Brian specializes in all forms of addiction. He has creative and innovative approaches to help individuals develop management strategies and sustain a fulfilling recovery lifestyle. He has worked in the full range of alcohol, drug and addiction programs from detoxification programs to outpatient services. Brian provides psychotherapy with intimacy disorders and will work with all sex and love addicts, and when possible, their partners and family members. This includes: sex, pornography, compulsive masturbation, cybersex, love and/or relationship addiction. He enthusiastically utilizes Patrick Carnes’ 30 Tasks Model and his primary therapeutic goal is to disrupt and eliminate problem patterns of sexual behavior, while helping his clients regain dignity, self-respect, and the trust of those they love.
Brian believes in the Recovery Management Model and is a certified Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist, which allows him to provide relapse prevention therapy/interventions to assist clients that struggle with maintaining their recovery from mental illness or other addictive disorders.
Brian provides direct clinical assessment and services for the Federal Government's Department of Transportation (DOT) Substance Abuse Professional Program (SAP), which assists employees who fall under the DOT guidelines with alcohol and/or drug problems to ensure public safety.
Brian is also a professional trainer, speaker and consultant. Brian has presented on mental health and addiction topics at various prestigious venues. He is a consultant to the Illinois Department of Alcohol and Substance Abuse as an independent peer reviewer of agencies for state compliance with federal regulations. Brian serves as a member of the board of directors of the Illinois Certification Board (ICB).
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Amy Croft, M.A., LPC
Amy Croft specializes in treating those suffering from intimacy disorders. She works with women/men struggling with sex addiction and their spouses/families. She also has a heart for singles struggling to maintain or re-establish personal integrity and self-respect. Her approach is one of compassion, authenticity and trust-building. Amy integrates 12 step principles throughout her clinical work because she believes and lives these principles, and follows the task model of addiction recovery developed by Patrick Carnes, PhD.
Amy and her husband Jim refurbish antiques and discarded treasures. This seems to carry into her clinical practice where she is able to find hope and purpose in even the most shameful and tragic life-stories. She believes in the power of honesty and community. Amy has experience leading therapy groups focused on freedom from sex/love addiction and codependency.
Amy holds an MA in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University. She is currently completing the certification process through the International Institute of Trauma and Addictions Professionals (IITAP) toward becoming a Certified Sexual Addictions Therapist, (CSAT), and holds a Sexual Addiction Counseling Certificate, (AACC). She is also on the clinical staff of Bethesda Workshops, Nashville, TN, facilitating a four-day intensive working primarily with women who struggle with sex and love addiction.
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