Recovery Team - Psychotherapy
The Awakening Center is an outpatient private practice of professionals (psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, and a nutritionist) dedicated to providing innovative, thoughtful, and compassionate psychotherapy. They integrate the most effective elements of diverse orientations to provide specialized help with a variety of issues. The Awakening Center is known for their work with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse counseling, and a range of other psychological concerns.
The Awakening Center is a warm and inviting space that offers individual, and family and couples treatment with unique therapeutic options such as: Counseling from a Holistic Perspective, Psychodynamic and Internal Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive/Behavioral Interventions, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Body-centered Psychotherapy. These unique and proven approaches help their clients effectuate lasting change.
Ann Cusack is a highly respected licensed clinical psychologist who has specialized in working with addicted individuals and their families for the past 25 years. She is a warm and caring clinician who embraces a holistic approach to the therapeutic process. Ann is also a registered nurse and pulls from her tremendous experience to tailor a unique approach for each client’s needs. She believes in an integrative approach to healing through emotional, behavioral, and spiritual growth.
Dr. Cusack is a certified alcohol and drug counselor who is also trained in DBT and EMDR. An experienced interventionist, Ann has worked with intervention expert Jeff Jay. Ann is a professor at Northwestern University’s Family Institute sharing her knowledge and experience of addiction treatment in the Masters of Counseling Psychology Program. Dr. Cusack treats adolescents, adults, and couples in her offices in Wilmette and Chicago.
Psychotherapists, Family Therapy Intensives
Insideout Living, Inc. is a counseling center that uses state-of-the-art interventions, warmth and expertise to facilitate movement in the lives of persons who are tired of being stuck, unwilling to settle for the status quo in their relationships and those wanting to leave a legacy of thriving relationships for their families and friends. They help individuals, couples, and families maximize their full potential by resolving issues of the past and present. Insideout Living also offers intensive therapy options (referred to as “Intensives”) that can be extremely valuable for those new in recovery, individuals who have lost their momentum, as well as couples and families that desperately need the healing and push from one these programs.
Principals Lisa Lackey, MA, LCPC, CSAT, and Steven Lackey, MA, CSAT, and their staff are wholeheartedly committed to the belief that there is a plan in life for clients to truly thrive, not just survive. Their support is unwavering as clients discover and heal the wounds from the past while breaking unhealthy relational cycles. They are driven by the passion to support persons as they journey toward resolution from the inside out.
The psychologists at The Insight Center, P.C. practice integrative psychotherapy, combining psychodynamic therapy, the principles of mindfulness, and elements from other therapy approaches to help their clients gain maximal benefit from the therapeutic relationship. Principals Chris Chroniak, Ph.D. and Karen Rambo Chroniak, Ph.D. have over 35 years of combined clinical experience bringing healing and proven stress management techniques to their clientele.
The team at The Insight Center may work with LSA clients on an individual basis or in a group, to teach the principles of mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) as a powerful tool for achieving a relaxed state and dealing with stressors in a healthier and more proactive manner. This is especially valuable for clients who are new in recovery and dealing with the many stressors that go along with their new lifestyle. Likewise, many family members will experience significant benefits from working with the psychologists at The Insight Center.
Therapeutic Workshops, Family Therapy Intensives
For over 30 years, Onsite Workshops have helped people to gently rediscover the best in themselves and their relationships. Their unique combination of experiential therapy and the best in professional guidance is offered over several days in a retreat setting for individuals, couples, entire families, and professional teams/organizations.
Onsite is world-renowned and located on a beautiful 70-acre rural property (about an hour outside of Nashville) where guests are housed in a restored mansion and accompanying facilities that are fully restored to offer the conveniences of today. Many times, relationships, trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, co-dependency or just the stresses of daily living can keep you from the peace and balance you desire. One of Onsite’s programs may be precisely what you, your loved ones, or your entire family may need to obtain the peace you deserve.
Robert (Bob) Adams has an extensive background working with individuals who have struggled with overcoming mental illness along with substance abuse issues, and mastering basic life skills. Bob is an empathic therapist who takes pride in being a strong and integral part of the change process for his clients. He received his Master's Degree in Social Work at Loyola University Chicago in 1995. As part of his degree program, Bob did internships at the Loyola University Hospital in the Level One Trauma Unit, and at Leyden Family Services, a community based Mental Health Agency. He subsequently earned a Clinical Social Work license in 1997. Bob did post-graduate training at the Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago, where he received a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in 2000. His passion for psychoanalytic psychology led him to an advanced post-graduate year of work at the Institute in 2005.
Bob has worked as a referral coordinator for the EAP program at the Illinois Department of Public Health, a therapist at Lifeline Substance Abuse program at Weiss Hospital, a therapist at Warrenville Youth and Family Services, and for the last twelve years, has had a successful private practice in the near west suburbs of Chicago. His extensive work with our country's Veterans has led to notoriety and multiple service awards. Bob is one of the co-founders of the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton, IL, received the 2005 Distinguished Practitioner in Social Work Award and most recently the 2009 Red Cross Hometown Heroes Award for the Military.
Rebecca Myhr has a unique background as a mental health consultant who works specifically with attorneys, law students, and other young professionals to help them improve their mental health and well-being. Rebecca graduated with a J.D. from Stanford University in 2002 and has been a practicing attorney ever since. Rebecca furthered her studies by obtaining a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Her background as an attorney provides Rebecca with the ability to truly understand her clients' workplace and help them to better handle the pressures, stress, and mental health issues that can be created and perpetuated by life as a lawyer or successful professional.
Rebecca utilizes cognitive-behavioral and client-centered approaches in her practice to help her clients improve their overall health and wellness. Rebecca believes that our thoughts and beliefs often dictate our behaviors and that changing negative behaviors begins with challenging our negative thinking. Moreover, particularly with clients who are attorneys or engaged in other stressful professions, maladaptive coping mechanisms arise as a way to handle the stress and anxiety that a demanding professional life can cause. These negative coping mechanisms many times lead to addiction. Rebecca's past experience as a big firm lawyer makes her uniquely qualified to understand the pressure and stresses that can lead to negative coping behaviors and overall unhappiness in the personal and professional lives of attorneys. Rebecca has walked in the shoes, literally, of attorneys struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, and addiction. Rebecca is a gifted therapist with a strong understanding of what it takes to heal from addiction while not sacrificing one's successful professional career.
Psychotherapist (specializing in Spiritual Psychology), Coach
Leslie Karen Sann specializes in spiritual psychology, which sees every psychological limitation or difficulty as an opportunity to see where you have lost touch with essential aspects of your being and to recover these parts. Once recovered, these energies can be directed toward creating a life that is heart-centered, rich, and satisfying. Spiritual Psychology is a positive psychology that utilizes a learning paradigm. Issues are seen as gifts for they offer an occasion to expand, to learn and to grow. Adversities are recognized as teachers. Life skills are taught to enable meeting the challenges of life successfully.
As an innovative and inspired counselor, educator, and coach for almost twenty-five years, Leslie Karen Sann uses her gifts to awaken possibility, authenticity and joy. Her calm, empathy, acceptance, and honesty, create a safe place for clients to work at deep levels. She is an experienced licensed clinician and Board Certified Professional Counselor who specializes in working with motivated individuals and couples. In this complex, rapidly changing world, Leslie helps her clients resolve problems, manage stress, and achieve happiness.
Mike Sullivan is a talented and accomplished psychotherapist who has worked in the counseling field for more than 20 years. The majority of that time he has specialized in treating addiction pathologies, Anxiety and Panic Disorder, depression, and PTSD. His accomplished career has included numerous positions at reputable facilities in the Chicagoland area that specialize in addiction treatment. Those include Lincoln West Hospital in Chicago, Linden Oaks in Naperville, and as Clinical Coordinator and acting Director of Interventions in Chicago and Woodridge. Mike has been primarily in private practice since 1995 and has developed an outstanding reputation, as a compassionate and empathic therapist while being able to still be direct with his clientele. He has worked with a diverse population of successful CEOs, attorneys, and business owners as well as those rebuilding their lives and searching for a new career. In addition to individual counseling, Mike has successfully worked with his clients in group therapy as well as family and couples counseling.
Mike received a BA from DePaul University and Masters Degree in Counseling from National-Lewis University. He donates his time with the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton, IL. Mike is currently on the Board of Directors and serves as the Board Chair for Clinical Services at the same facility.