Our Team of Therapists

 

 

Christian Life Counseling, LLC therapists are licensed, Christian professionals offering years of experience. Our team provides a full range of mental health services to families, couples, and individuals experiencing difficulties with any of a wide variety of life problems, mental and emotional disorders and relationship concerns.

   
Tanya Gerhard

Tanya Gerhard, MSW, LCSW

Tanya Gerhard is an active member of The American Association of Christian Counselors, The National Association of Social Workers, and is also a Board Certified Christian Counselor. She was awarded a Masters of Clinical Social Work from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee in 1999 and has received a certificate in Trauma Counseling. Additionally she is a level two Gottman trained marriage therapist. Tanya has experience in individual, couples, and family counseling. In addition, she provides treatment for persons experiencing depression, anxiety, marriage, and adjustment related concerns. Tanya uses a strengths based, solution focused approach in her treatment. She believes each person possesses wisdom, strengths, and abilities to work through issues and concerns that present. Tanya has traveled nationally speaking at women's conferences and providing trainings for Christian organizations.

 

   
Eric Seybold, Ph. D.

Eric Seybold, Ph.D.

Dr. Eric Seybold is a licensed Psychologist in the state of Wisconsin. He obtained his Ph.D. from Marquette University in Clinical Psychology. Areas of expertise include men's issues, ministerial preparedness and adjustment, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, attention disorders, learning disorders, and psychological assessment. 

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Judith Otto

Judy Otto, MSW, LCSW

Judy is a seasoned Christian therapist with over 25 years of experience.  She is trained to work with individuals, couples and families who are experiencing depression, anxiety, grief and stress.  Judy strives to assist in helping couples and individuals communicate more effectively, establish healthy boundaries, process anger, and achieve forgiveness.  In addition, Judy has experience working with issues related to retirement and managing later life concerns.  She also provides insight related to the unique needs of caregivers and offers support to that population.  A cognitive behavioral as well as solution focused approach is typically used as Judy works with people to achieve their goals. 

  

Jennifer Newkirk, MS, LPC 

Jennifer has nearly 18 years experience providing individual, couples, family and group counseling to adults, children and adolescents. She earned her degree in Counseling Education from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Jennifer uses a solutions focused, goal oriented approach to treatment. She has experience providing mental health services addressing issues including depression, anxiety, self-harm, relationship issues, emotional/behavioral problems, family issues and parenting. Jennifer is a certified Christian Life Coach and believes that in understanding our past experiences, our decisions and choices will help individuals move towards the life they were meant to lead.

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Sandra King

Sandra King, MA, LPC, NCC

Sandy graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has over 15 years of experience. Sandy was on staff with CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) for 15 years before attending Trinity for her Master's Degree. She was placed in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon and Washington, and traveled Utah, Montana, and Idaho on the Area Team during those years. Her specialties include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and Christian Counseling. Sandy works with adults, individuals and couples.

Her areas of therapy include women's issues, spousal abuse, anxiety, stress and depression. She also works with individuals and families going through adjustment to life changes such as empty nest syndrome, job changes, divorce or separation transitions, etc. 

 

   
Mary Briggs

Mary S. Briggs, MCW, LCSW

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Christian Life Counseling, LLC. Mary earned her Masters Degree of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 1997.  Her underlying belief as a psychotherapist is that God desires to heal wounds of the past through sound clinical practice, goal oriented behavioral change, and prayer so that a person is free to live fully in the present. Treatment areas include depression, anxiety, women’s issues, recovery from childhood trauma and domestic partner abuse, life transitions (i.e. divorce, job change), grief, post-abortion recovery, and end-of-life care issues, including caregiver stress. 

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Trish Frederick

Trisha Frederick, MS, LPC

Trish joined Christian Life Counseling in 2010.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Wisconsin.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Concordia University, in Mequon, WI.  Trish provides counseling to individuals, couples, and groups.  She works with adults, those transitioning to adulthood, as well as adults with cognitive disabilities.  In addition, Trish enjoys providing premarital counseling to couples and groups.
Trish’s focus has been on clients managing depression, mood, and Bipolar disorders, anxiety/Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, relationship challenges, and boundaries.  Trish utilizes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  She is a proponent of systems theory and believes that understanding a client's history/current environment are key to helping find internal and external sources of strength. Trish’s background includes providing outpatient therapy, residential therapy, and academic/career counseling since 1997.

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Peg Margaret Renz

Peg (Margaret) Renz, MS, LPC-IT

Peg is a Master’s prepared clinician who holds a Licensed Professional Counselor In Training License and is working toward full licensure.  She earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her training is in school counseling.  Peg uses a strength-based, cognitive-behavioral approach to help children, adolescents, and adults work through concerns such as anxiety, depression, adjustment concerns, and concerns with parenting children or adult children.  Peg does consultations with parents related to understanding their child’s temperament to be more effective in guiding their children.  Peg is also available as a school consultant in the areas of anxiety, grief, and temperaments.  

Peg encourages her clients to continue to develop into the person God has called them to be and utilize the strengths He has given them.  She supports this growth through encouraging each person to practice gratitude, living in the present moment, keeping perspective, and trying to be disciplined in prayer, virtue, and self-discipline.  Peg’s specialty is incorporating the treasures of the Catholic faith, especially the Theology of the Body, into therapy.  Peg is trained as a facilitator of the Theology of the Body for Middle School and High School and was a Facilitator of God’s Plan for a Joy-filled Marriage with the Diocese of Madison.

 

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Jeremy Schumacher, MA, LMFT 

Jeremy is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of Wisconsin. Jeremy obtained his Masters of Counseling Psychology from Marquette University, and completed his post-graduate studies at the Family Therapy Training Institute. While he specializes in working with couples and families, he also regularly works with individuals. Jeremy uses a collaborative approach, highlighting the wisdom and strengths each individual already possesses. He has experience working with relational issues including blended families, divorce, couple concerns, parenting issues, along with other mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and adjusting to major life transitions. Outside of therapy, Jeremy enjoys coaching and playing volleyball, reading, listening to records, and playing board games and yard games.

 

   

 

 

Ashley Schoof, LPC, PsyD.

Dr. Ashley Schoof is working toward licensure in the state of Wisconsin as a psychologist through post-doctoral training.  She completed her graduate training and earned her Psy.D. at the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology in Milwaukee, WI. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Lakeview Specialty Hospital and Rehab in Waterford, WI; a residential, neurobehavioral rehabilitation facility. Dr. Schoof uses a cognitive-behavioral and family systems framework during treatment and is also trained in Applied Behavior Analysis and Play Therapy. Areas of expertise are: Foster and adoption care, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, ADHD, OCD, brain injury, learning disabilities, other childhood disorders, and group and individual therapy.  Dr. Schoof has also presented nationally on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and locally on topics regarding Autistic Disorder.

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Linda Zacharias, MSW, LCSW

Linda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Wisconsin. She earned her Masters of Social Work at UW- Milwaukee in 2006. Prior to that she was a missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for over ten years. Six of those years, Linda served in YWAM's College of Counseling and Health Care. There she worked with other staff members to teach students basic counseling skills and lead them on outreach effort where they offered teaching and counseling at churches in the Ukraine, Taiwan, Cambodia, and other countries. She has also extended counseling to those in ministry and in their churches.

Linda’s counseling philosophy is to reach the whole person - spirit, soul and body and that God is able to heal people from their wounds of the past. She also is certified as a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and weaves into therapy educational pieces on the importance of nutrition in mental health. Linda works with Children 8 and above, Adolescents, Adults and Families. She helps people to work through various traumas, depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, relationship issues, helping people navigate through change, including giving care to those who are caregivers. Linda uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Family Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Prayer. When she is not working, Linda enjoys walking, biking and spending time with friends.

 

   
   

Robin Palzewicz, MS, LPC-IT

Robin is a Master’s prepared clinician who is currently working to obtain licensure with the State of Wisconsin.  She earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from Concordia University of Wisconsin.  Robin’s past experiences give her a personal insight into many of the struggles that individuals go through.  Some of these experiences include supporting family members who have Mental Health concerns, raising children with special needs, supporting others by facilitating support groups and helping parents advocate for their children with special needs.  

Treatment areas include working with children, adolescents and adults having anxiety, depression, adjustment related concerns and managing stress related to being a caregiver.  Robin believes that everyone is unique and thus there is no “one size fits all” type of therapy, but rather her focus is on helping the client develop a “toolbox” of skills that they can use in daily life.   

 

 

Camron Hinckle, MS, LPC-IT

Camron obtained his Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from UW-Milwaukee and is working towards obtaining full licensure. Camron’s main focus is working with those who have pornography/sexual addictions, and has had previous experience working with adolescent sexual perpetrators, victims, and their families, both in group and individual settings. He also has experience in working with those with depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, ADHD and aiding in relapse prevention. Camron realizes that everyone is different and has different needs, and that therapy is a relationship between client and clinician working together to meet those needs in the best way possible.

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Sarah Schultz, MS, LPC-IT, SAC-IT, NCC

Sarah specializes in providing addiction and/or mental health counseling services to adults. Sarah holds dual licensure certification in both mental health and substance abuse counseling in the state of Wisconsin. 

Sarah's experience within the counseling field is working with individuals with co-occurring issues which include but are not limited to: stress/anxiety management, identity issues, low self-esteem, loneliness, relationship difficulty, substance use, mood disorders, and change in functioning and mood due to life transitions (educational, vocational, spiritual, or relational).

Sarah believes psychological healing is based on a client-counselor relationship that is rooted in genuineness, unconditional regard, and trustworthiness. As an advocate of holistic healing, Sarah focuses on spiritual well-being in providing faith-based counseling services to those who value spirituality as a part of the healing process.

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Heidi Hemling, MS, LPC-IT

Heidi is a masters prepared clinician and is working toward full licensure in the state of Wisconsin. She earned her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marquette University. Heidi uses an integrative approach to counseling adults, children, adolescents, and families. She has been trained to work with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, and adjustment concerns. She specifically enjoys working with children and families in areas of behavior concerns, trauma, parent-child relationship issues, as well as foster care and post-adoption adjustments. Heidi has a special interest in working with mothers and families throughout the perinatal period as well as with mothers experiencing postpartum depression.

Heidi's exposure to a biopsychosocial and strengths-based model of education as well as her past work experience in medical settings have instilled within her a strong desire to provide counseling that attends to the whole person: mind, body, and soul. Given her unique culmination of education and interests, Heidi believes it is essential to develop a relationship of trust and connection with clients and considers it a tremendous honor to be a catalyst for change and to hold a sacred space for individuals and families as they journey through life.

 

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Shelly Lund, MSW, LCSW

Shelly Lund is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and obtained her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1991. She also holds a Certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy and is a licensed School Social Worker in the state of WI. Additionally, Shelly has received Post Graduate training in the areas of Solution Focused/Strength Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy and Eriksonian Hypnotherapy.

 

Shelly has over 15 years of counseling experience working with individuals, couples and families. She works with children ages 2 and up, as well as adults. Areas of experience and treatment include: grief work, coping with depression, anxiety and stress, working with victims of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, foster care and adoption; truancy, ADHD, teen pregnancy, high functioning Autism in children and adults, special needs and school/parent support through the IEP process, as well as transitioning out of high school/Independent Living.

 

Working at Christian Life Counseling allows Shelly the opportunity to combine her clinical background with her interest in bringing spirituality to the sessions if desired by the client. Life can be challenging and painful at times, however, Shelly believes that with support, everyone has the ability to move forward in their lives and accomplish their goals. 

   

Melissa Klemm, MSW, CAPSW

Melissa is a Master's prepared clinician working towards full licensure in the state of Wisconsin. She holds a Certificate in Trauma Informed Care and is a member of the Midwest Brainspotting Institute. Melissa was trained by the developer of Brainspotting, David Grand, PhD, and has completed phases I and II. She will be attending phase III in September, 2017. Melissa has experience working with young adults to older adults within her internship at Columbia St. Mary's Intensive Outpatient program. 

 

Melissa focuses on counseling adolescents and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, life adjustments, life stressors and past trauma. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Strength Based/Solution-Focused Therapy, and Brainspotting. 

 
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