EXPERIENCE THE TRANSFORMATION
Lifestyle Transformation is a food addiction treatment program offered in nearly 25 Cities across the U.S. and Canada. Lifestyle Transformation is run by highly trained, licensed therapists who specialize in food addiction recovery. Through an innovative and proven three phase treatment program, Lifestyle Transformation’s approach provides participants the resources, support, and structure needed to experience a successful recovery from food addiction.
MEET THE FOUNDERS
Michael C. Roubicek, PhD, LCSW
Dr. Michael Roubicek began his career by achieving a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 1981. This was the precursor to pursuing two Master’s degrees, one in Social Work, the other in Marriage and Family Therapy. After several years of working in the clinic setting, providing individual, marital and family therapy for a variety of diagnoses and psychosocial issues, he returned to education to achieve a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1996. During the years of training he has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings and with both adolescent and adult populations. He has trained in specialty settings in the treatment of anxiety disorders and substance abuse/addiction related conditions; he trained in a milieu setting treating more severe disorders without psychotropic medications. He has been a faculty member in the university setting and also served as a department chair in Psychology; in that experience he has taught core coursework as well as specialty training in addictions and eating disorders. He has trained numerous therapists in the classroom as well as in on site, direct service environments. Training of therapists has been done both during their educational program as well as during their post-graduate internships while gaining experience for licensure. He has been a Subject Matter Expert for the state licensing board. He has worked as a multidisciplinary team member in the area of behavioral health, in a hospital setting. Much of that endeavor has focused on the bariatric surgery patient; he has spearheaded program development and supportive services for the patient both before and after the surgery; he has provided staff training modules and facilitated peer support. He has developed psychoeducational materials, provided training and support for both staff and patient as well as providing direct services through individual, couples, family and group treatment. He has been a speaker and presenter in numerous settings and forums, both among colleagues and professionals as the lay community. He and his business partner created and developed a treatment program for food addiction. He currently provides services in a hospital setting to patients as well as being a team member in a surgical practice; he treats people in a private practice setting with a focus on facing and dealing with adversity, challenge and struggle while working toward acceptance, connection and healing.
"My journey started many years ago during my adolescence and early adulthood. I had personally experienced the loss of a parent and had struggles to face in learning to manage the ups and downs of becoming an adult. Many of my peers would come to me for counsel, guidance and a listening ear. A close friend introduced me to an educational path leading to becoming a therapist. It was the right fit for me. I have found great joy and fulfillment in the journey of working with people who struggle and face difficulties and as we strive for acceptance, healing and peace. It has also been very satisfying and meaningful to assist peers in the development of their gifts and skills on the path of becoming a therapist. As a therapist I have also come to realize that while on this journey of walking with people through their adversity, difficulty, pain and struggle, I have also had to come to terms with my own concerns, my weaknesses, and my challenges. Over the years of professional and personal growth and development, I too watched the numbers on the scale increase as I became less physically active and my weight increased. I participated in diets like most of us have. I had spurts of exercise activity. My weight went down and then back up again. Then came the season of health concerns, which seems to be almost a natural progression as weight increases. I had a knee surgery; I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, etc. I decided to have bariatric surgery myself and during that process was diagnosed with cancer. During my years working with people who struggled with addiction and relapse, we as a team would continually wonder about and discuss how they would return to a lifestyle that was so destructive and perilous. I wondered about the same issues as I worked with the bariatric surgery patient who lost considerable weight, improved many health conditions and issues, only to regain sometimes all of the weight they lost and more. I wrestled with understanding the underlying conditions and issues that lead us to returning to the old paths and familiar patterns, regardless of how costly and damaging they may be. I have come to understand there is more to the story than just the food, or the drug. We found great success in treating people with a substance addiction when we focused on the underlying issues around shame and disconnection. When treatment focused on healing some of the old longstanding wounds we all carry, people let go of their addictive behaviors and embraced living life. When we found connection, self-esteem, purpose and identity, we abandoned our old habits and patterns and moved forward on our path to healing. Stacey and I embraced the concepts and the process; we went through an addiction treatment training program and could see clearly that food addiction followed many of the same patterns and help many of the same issues and concerns as what we dealt with in treatment of substance addictions and other process addictions. We chose a path to create a food addiction treatment process to help those who like my bariatric patients, worked hard to lose weight, improve their lives and change patterns, only to fall back into the familiar and regain their weight. We have seen people who struggle with sex addiction, drug and alcohol addiction, gamble or spending addictions, and now food addiction, find a path that leads to overcoming the underlying barriers that prevent them from reaching the place of being able to live life. As has been the case over my entire career, working with people who face difficulty has led me to become more familiar with my own struggles. Helping others face patterns of emotional eating, compulsive eating and addictive association with food has led me to healthier patterns. I have lost weight and kept it off; I have incorporated patterns of greater physical activity into my lifestyle. I am more at peace with food. I take joy in seeing that the program we created and have nurtured has become a tool to help others find peace with food and achieve a healthier lifestyle that leads to living life more fully."
STACEY B. THACKER, MA, LMFT
Stacey is co-founder/developer of LifeStyle Transformation. She co-authored the article “Is My Struggle with Food an Addiction?” She also created the content for the Step 1 psycho-education classes and wrote and/or adapted the 13 workbooks used in the LifeStyle Transformation program. Stacey is a marriage and family therapist in Fresno, California where she provides individual, couples and group therapy as well as clinical supervision to interning therapists.
With obesity rates at 69% for adults and 18% of children in the United States, Stacey is concerned about the projections that this generation of children will be the first who will have a shorter life-expectancy than their parents. As a national speaker and trainer on food addiction and treatment Stacey is passionate about being part of the movement to provide this missing piece to turning the tide of obesity epidemic in our county. With a background in addiction treatment, Stacey’s confidence in the human spirit’s ability to rise above addiction fuels her optimism that people can and do recover from food addiction.
Dan Gray, LCSW, CSAT
Dan is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in addictions counseling. He has a master's degree in social work and is a CSAT (Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist). He is also certified as an addictions counselor with the National Association of Forensic Counselors. He maintains a busy private practice, lecturing regularly and providing training and consultation to numerous civic, religious, and professional organizations throughout the country. Dan is co-founder of LifeStyle Transformation, and is the clinical director of the LifeSTAR Network program, which provides help for individuals and couples who are dealing with problems related to sexual addictions and compulsive behaviors.
Throughout his career in treating clients suffering from a variety of addictions, Dan has always promoted a balanced healthy lifestyle as a significant part of long lasting recovery. This has always included healthy nutrition, healthy eating habits and an evaluation of the clients’ relationship with food. Those that found this healthy balance seemed to do better in recovery. It also became evident to Dan, that those struggling with weight control and compulsive eating were able to sustain a healthier relationship with food as they implemented the strategies and tools used in treating the underlying causes of other types of addictions. Dan is excited to be a part of the LifeStyle Transformation team in bringing these healing tools into the lives of those seeking freedom from unwanted eating habits and patterns. He has experienced the power of these tools in his own personal life and has found great satisfaction in being a part with so many others, in their Transformation journeys.
Todd Olson, LCSW, CSAT
Todd is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the treatment of process addictions. Process addiction is defined as any compulsive behavior that interferes with normal living and causes significant negative consequences in the person's family, work and social life. The most prominent process addictions include the use of food, sex, shopping and gambling problems.
Todd has a master’s degree in social work from the university of Utah (1986), he became a CSAT (Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist) in 1995. Todd treats individuals and family members affected by process addictions. He is frequently called to lecture nationwide on addiction and recovery issues, and currently spends a lot of his career training other therapists who treat addictive behaviors.
He is the program director and cofounder of LifeStar Network, which provides help for individuals and couples who are dealing with problems related to sexual addiction and compulsive behaviors. His work with LifeStar created an avenue to assist in the creation LifeStyle Transformation, which treats food addiction.
"The work I have done over the past 25 years with those struggling with addiction has considerably blessed my life. I have changed the way I parent, love, live and work. My life is full of compassion and love for others and I feel more fully alive as a result. I love seeing clients change their lives and experience complete joy, and for some, feeling freedom from addiction for the very first time. It is a feeling of sacredness and completeness that is difficult to describe. I would not work any other client."