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About Our Team

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We are a team of clinicians that specialize in the treatment of sex and love addiction, including the use of compulsive pornography, partners affected by this behavior, codependency as well as post-traumatic stress disorder.
We appreciate what it takes to receive treatment and are collaborative, directive, compassionate,
and empathic with our clients.
Cynthia Reetz
M.A., LCPC, CSAT-Supervisor
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, healthy sexuality, family of origin issues, other process 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 begins with a fundamental appreciation of attachment theory, deep empathy and compassion, experiential work, a task centered approach, Eye Movement Desensitization and Recovery (EMDR), and healing within the mind/body connection. In working with many individuals and couples that have been impacted by sexual addiction, she has come to appreciate the deeper level of intimacy and healthy sexuality the couple can experience. She has worked with many couples through the process of Sexual Reintegration Therapy (SRT), and has witnessed the healing that occurs within each person at a fundamental level. She has developed and facilitates intensive outpatient 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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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, his Psy.D. from Indiana State University in 1984, and is 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. 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.
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Laura Lucas-Silvis
MS, LPC, NCC, CSAT, CMAT
With experience spanning over 35 years, Laura offers a dynamic treatment approach which integrates a variety of methods addressing 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 psycho-education, 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 specialtizes in sex and love addiction and trauma resolution, including childhood and adult attachment injuries. 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 also a 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.
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Sanya Syrstad
M.A., LCPC, CSAT-Candidate
Sanya is a compassionate, and seasoned licensed clinical professional counselor with experience helping her clients in the recovery process from sexual addiction. Sanya works with partners of those with a sexual addiction, those struggling with sexual compulsivity, as well as the coupleship to heal from the damage created in the relationship. She understands that when we feel nurtured our brain develops a capacity for love and to be loved. When that doesn’t happen we go into survival mode and that can be very painful. When we show appreciation and compassion we can restore these pre-programed capacities to love and bond. Instead of living with a sense of disconnect and loneliness, we can restore our sense of belonging in our relationships and community. With compassion and peace we all benefit. With this understanding Sanya appreciates the benefit of groups and their importance in the recovery process, and has created a running group to assist those in the withdrawal process, as well as other groups to support those in recovery. When working with issues Sanya takes a look at different aspects of Self as well as the person’s environment, lifestyle habits, values, beliefs, motivations, physical habits, attachment styles, and personal history. Sanya believes that personal change is an internal as well as external experience and we are always moving toward some things and away from others. Sanya uses mindfulness, emotionally focused therapy, EMDR, hypnosis, radical acceptance, internal family systems and Patrick Carnes’ Task oriented model. In addition, Sanya incorporates cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused techniques, as well as Neurolinguistic programming (NLP) to help people align with their core self. Sanya adheres to the philosophy that there is a close correlation between the mind and t he body which is often overlooked in therapy. Physiology plays a prominent role in how it impacts our state more than many people would consider. Thus, there is power in movement and physiology needs to be addressed in conjunction with emotional challenges. Once we figure out who we really are and what we want, we start making better decisions. Internally, we become more peaceful and tend to restore our natural tendency towards health and well-being. Sanya is fluent in Spanish, Italian, Serbian and Croatian. She is a top ranked nationally age-group triathlete and has qualified to represent Team USA four times in World Championships. She is a current member of Team USA and recently placed 2nd in the world for her age group. This year she will be representing Team USA in Switzerland. In addition Sanya is a Reiki Holy Fire Master Level III Practitioner.
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Amy Croft
M.A., LPC, CSAT-Candidate
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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Aaron Subich
MA, CSAT-Candidate
Masters Level Clinician
Aaron is currently completing dual master of arts degrees in mental health counseling and addiction counseling at the University of the Cumberlands. He is also an associate sex addiction therapist candidate with the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. He currently holds a master of science in communication from Northwestern University, is a lean six sigma black belt, and is entering the counseling profession after a ten year career in marketing where he previously did work with Willow Creek Community Church, Awana International Ministries, Bright Hope International, and TransNational Payments. Aaron is interning with Willow Clinical Services because in his words, "When learning something new, it helps to find those who have done it the longest and have the best reputation in their field." He is also currently interning at Nicasa Behavioral Services in Buffalo Grove, IL where he does a combination of mental health and substance use counseling. Aaron brings a highly compassionate and professional demeanor to all his interactions and "considers those seeking counseling to be among his favorite people as he learned long ago that it takes a lot of courage to share with others what is really going on and he values that highly." Aaron will be helping all our counselors throughout the weeks ahead but you're most likely to run into him on Saturdays when he will typically be with us in the office.
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2150 Manchester Road, Suite 110
Wheaton, IL 60187


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Phone: 630.752.9874
Fax: 630.752.9875
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