OUR TEAM

 Lisa Lackey, M.A., LCPC, CSAT, CMAT

Chief Engagement Officer 

I have worked in the field of addiction and trauma since 1994. My husband, Steve and I co-founded Insideout Living, Inc. in 1999, and incorporated in 2005. We envisioned a clinical practice that would help people make sense about parts of their lives, that were confusing, overwhelming and painful. We believe that trauma healing comes from finally completing an emotional experience that may have only been completed as a physical experience long ago. Through compassion, cutting edge treatment modalities and a great team, we believed and continue to believe, that life can change. We knew if we could help people understand, their own backstory and how it currently informs the present, they inadvertently trapped parts of their life experience, they could begin to see their patterns, why they were formed and taught new patterns, they could begin to make small shifts, that would lead to bigger changes. This process gives access to pain and trauma that are stuck, and supportive others, 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 acceptance creates an optimal model for the traumatized limbic system to mimic as it is restructuring.

I am driven by the passion to support persons as they journey toward resolution from the inside out. My clinical expertise is in the treatment of sexual addiction, trauma, other addictions. Other areas of expertise include codependency, depression, and anxiety. While my passion is working with couples, I also works with individuals and groups.

I have two Master’s Degrees, one in Education from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University and the other in Counseling from National-Louis University, I’ve worked as a pastor, leadership development consultant, and public speaker in a variety of venues. I love learning and teaching what I learn. I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist (CMAT), I have some training in Somatic Transformation, and I am a Level II EMDR therapist. My passion for what I do, makes me a dynamic and compassionate therapist and an engaging speaker who connects as easily with an individual as I do with a large audience.

Steve Lackey, M.A., ASAT, AMAT

Chief Visionary Officer 

  Steve Lackey, connects with ease in the boardroom and on the street corner, sharing a message of experience, strength and hope, while providing guidance. Steve is most alive when he is making connections with people through sharing their stories. He is a people person.

He is cofounder of Insideout Living, Inc., an addiction and trauma healing center with two locations in the Chicago area, where he creates programs addressing issues related to trauma and sexual compulsivity. Steve makes deep connections by skilfully providing resources to increase mental health awareness, provide education to address the impact of historical trauma through honoring the story and leaving room to rewrite what is no longer needed .

He started the first men’s Recovery Start therapy group in Chicago for men struggling with sex, porn and relationship integrity. His passion for making connections combined with mentoring, and staff development led to supporting 8 clinical staff persons to start their own private practices.

Steve has developed Safe Tables as an online group experience for men. This experience has at its core, ​connection and growth through programming that encourages an examined life and personal integrity.He coaches men as they discover and heal past wounds, break unhealthy generational cycles, and connect with their hearts.

He lives by the belief that each man has solutions buried under the trauma and addiction, and these solutions can be excavated through a 6 step process: recognize what is happening right now; understand the connection of current behaviors to past trauma; incorporate mind, body and spiritual solutions; practice new choices; observe outcomes honestly individually and in community; and narrate a new story.

Steve is often described as a “man’s man” “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). His love for connection is punctuated by continuous professional training in experiential group work, intensives and mindfulness within a 12-Step context, and trauma and addiction treatment.

Candice Sherry Collins M.S., LCPC, CSAT

Senior Clinician

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.

Arrie Simpson, MBA, MA, LPC, NCC, CSATCandidate

Primary Therapist

Arrie is passionate about helping people work through negative cycles and patterns. She collaborates with clients in developing an action plan that supports and empowers. Practical steps are given, leading to fulfilling and healthy lives.

Arrie’s area of specialization is sexual addiction, porn addiction, working with partners and others impacted by sexual addiction. She works from a model that understands that trauma is what underlies the addiction and the traumatic impact of being betrayed as a result of sex addiction. Arrie also has experience working with depression, ​PTSD​, anxiety, and chemical addictions.

Arrie provides services to individuals, couples and groups. In all formats education and practical application is given to better manage daily living.

Arrie is a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate with a background in PCT, DBT, and CBT. She received her B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of North Alabama, her MBA in Healthcare Administration from Ashford University, and her M.A. in Counseling from the University of Alabama.

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