Chief Engagement Officer
Lisa Lackey has worked in the field of addiction since 1994. Along with her husband Steve Lackey, she co-founded Insideout Living, Inc. in 1999, which was incorporated in 2005. In response to a desire to create spaces for transformative conversations, Lisa and Steve Lackey created and produced, Conversations of The Heart™, a series of seminars, live performances, and study groups, that provide a space to deeply listen and share through the power of personal story. They believe that trauma healing comes from finally completing an emotional experience that may have only been completed as a physical experience long ago. These Conversations™ help people understand how they inadvertently trap the part of story that they couldn’t handle in a hidden storage place within their being. Sharing stories at a later date allows them to access the trapped pain and trauma with supportive others in a sacred and held space where the feelings can be released. “Limbic re-visioning” is about rewiring the neural structure of a person who has suffered trauma or emotional neglect. In order for this to occur, an external example must be present for the limbic brain to mimic. Deep, respectful, contemplative, and heart-based listening that is based on loving acceptance instead of judgment, creates an optimal model for the traumatized limbic system to mimic as it is restructuring.
Lisa is driven by the passion to support persons as they journey toward resolution from the inside out. Her clinical expertise is in the treatment of sexual addiction, childhood trauma, other addictions, and family systems. Other areas of expertise include codependency, depression, and anxiety. While Lisa’s passion is working with couples, she also works with individuals, families, and groups.
Holding two Master’s Degrees, one in Education from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University and the other in Counseling from National-Louis University, Lisa has worked as a pastor, leadership development consultant, executive and corporate coach, interventionist, and seminar presenter. She further enhanced her skillset by completing the requirements for certification in sex addiction therapy (CSAT) certification in multiple addiction therapy (CMAT), training in Somatic Transformation, and training as a Level II EMDR therapist. Lisa’s passion combine to make her a dynamic and compassionate therapist and an engaging workshop facilitator and speaker who connects as easily with an individual as she does with a large audience.
Chief Visionary Officer
Steve Lackey, is co-founder of Insideout Living, Inc. and co-creator of Conversations of The Heart™, a series of seminars that encourage an examined life, personal integrity, and transformation one day at a time. Steve is proficient in the area of sex addiction and multiple addictions that often accompany sexually compulsive behaviors and is earnest in his commitment to support men as they discover and heal past wounds, break unhealthy generational cycles, and connect with their hearts. Additionally, he has expertise in the provision of intervention services for persons suffering from a variety of addictions and is often invited as a presenter at seminars to share on these areas of proficiency.
His conversational style with male clients helps build the trust required to identify and access the trauma that underpins addiction and is often missed or minimized. His deep understanding of the recovery process and keen insight with clients helps him leverage their strength, wisdom, and resilience so that they can heal themselves. Confident that each man has solutions buried under the trauma and addiction, he collaborates with individuals and groups in a 6 step process to: recognize what is happening right now; understand how the addiction and trauma are connected; choose from a broad range of mind, body and spiritual solutions; practice new choices in role-play and real time; evaluate outcomes honestly and openly both individually and in community; and narrate the new conversation about their healing and recovery. Steve is often referred to by his clients as a “man’s man” who is “piercingly direct”, “compassionate and passionate”, “energetic”, and “laser sharp”.
Steve holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from National Louis University and certifications in sex addiction therapy (ASAT) and multiple addictions (AMAT). Postgraduate training includes: experiential group work, intensive couples therapy, and mindfulness within a 12-Step context, and trauma and addiction treatment. Steve’s previous professional career in public and private sectors focused on providing and directing services for men impacted by addictions, trauma, and relational issues.
Director of Operations
Dr. Cynthia Yesko is a trauma specialist with over 25 years’ experience helping clients heal from all types of trauma, guiding medical professionals in the recovery of secondary trauma from working with traumatized patients, and training and supervising mental health professionals who work with trauma. Her work is derived from the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology and she is passionate about creating a non-judgmental space where people can move toward greater health and well-being in mind, body, spirit and relationship. She holds a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. Prior to joining Insideout Living, she was Director of Operations of the Counseling Program at Northwestern University where taught courses in trauma, counseling skills, and counseling theories to counselors-in-training. In addition, she has supervised and trained over 200 counselors-in-training in her positions, including executive director of a youth center and program director of a group home.
Inspired by her work as a counselor educator and supervisor, Cynthia developed the Nine Steps to the Other Side of Triggered Curriculum™ and Empowerment Map™ process to teach people how to heal from trauma. The Nine Steps™ show how unresolved trauma impacts the brain and nervous system in disempowering ways and how this impact can be reversed by resolving the present-day trigger in an empowering manner. She defines unresolved trauma as any experience that left a person feeling disempowered such as intimate betrayal, accidents, abuse and neglect, divorce, and death. During the Empowerment Map™ process, the disempowering path of the trauma and trigger is traced through the person’s brain, nervous system, body, and relationships and then a new neural pathway is created which resolves the trigger in an empowering manner and creates growth in mind, body, spirit, and relationship.
Cynthia also designed a Second Victims Program for the treatment of secondary trauma experienced by medical professionals including physicians, nurses, EMTs, and first responders who work with traumatized patients. This series of workshops is based on cutting-edge research on trauma’s impact on the brain and relationships. The program helps professionals identify the ways in which secondary trauma impacts their work and offers practical tools to restore nervous system balance and improve relationships.
Candice is passionate about empowering others to change dysfunctional behaviors and improve their lives. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Certified Sex Addictions Therapist, and is trained in EMDR and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Candice earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling from National-Louis University.
She has worked extensively with children and adolescents in both developmental and emotional health. In this work, Candice learned a great deal about the complexities of family dynamics and how these factors affect development. She has also spent significant time working with adults in a community agency setting; participating in the treatment of chronic mental illness, crisis intervention and individual and group therapy. She is dedicated to continuing and expanding her work in the counseling field and genuinely enjoys learning in all forms. Candice’s primary focus over the last 4 years has been treating clients that struggle with sex addiction and the under-lying trauma that often precedes this struggle. She is committed to helping clients heal from old wounds and understand how these early injuries may be impacting current relationships.
Rodney entered the mental health field in 2005. At the age of 11 it became clear to him that he wanted to become a doctor to provide hope and healing to those who wanted to improve the quality of their life. Rodney went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan as well as a Master’s and Doctoral degree from the Illinois School of Psychology to make this dream a reality. He has a certificate in Advanced Training in Problematic Sexual Behavior (ATPSB). Rodney gained invaluable experiences through settings such as a psychiatric hospital, community mental health center, residential facility, the Chicago Public Schools and a faith-based counseling center to hone his clinical skills.
Rodney is equipped to serve a variety of clients which include children and adolescents, adults, couples as well as families. As a therapist of faith he is able to integrate spiritual matters into the therapy room for clients who welcome it. Rodney holds specific training in pre-marital and marital therapy in addition to problematic sexual behavior credentials. It is his belief that clients can heal from the inside out when given adequate time, insight and room for growth.
Rachel Rubenstein is a Chicago based Sex Addiction and Trauma specialist. She completed her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work in New York in 1996, and has a diploma in Clinical Social Work. Upon graduating Rachel worked with older adolescent boys in a residential treatment center, The Children’s Village, the majority of them there as an alternative to incarceration. There began Rachel’s interest in both trauma and addiction. She then moved to work at an intensive outpatient substance abuse program for adolescents in Brooklyn at The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. In a supervisory capacity she was treating multiple trauma victims who were also medicating their traumas with substances, food, and sexual acting out. Rachel became trained in the phase based trauma treatment of TFCBT, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that she has seen as highly successful with adolescent trauma survivors. Rachel implemented this model, as well as The Stair Model for adult trauma victims, and her knowledge of addiction and trauma into her private practice where she has been working full time with adolescent and adult addicts, adolescent and adult trauma survivors, and partners of addicts as well. Rachel is certified as a Sex Addiction Therapist by Dr. Patrick Carnes’s International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) as well as a CSAT Supervisor. Rachel has done several trainings on addiction, codependence, sexuality, and gang violence.