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.




Mike Schachtner, APSW, SAC-IT

Mike is available at our Brookfield location.


A wide array of experiences has helped Mike to be open-minded to many walks of life. As a professional basketball player for five years in Europe, Mike was exposed to many different cultures and mindsets. He believes everyone has a unique story and a unique past that shapes their present. Mike can especially relate to feeling the need to always perform at a high level in life. Playing basketball has also given him a mindset of teamwork. Mike wants to approach the counseling sessions together as a collaboration – working together as a team. He sees my role as guiding you toward growth, hope, and healing.

In addition to working with individuals, Mike has experience working with couples and the many dynamics that go into relationships. Mike also has training in substance abuse counseling and realizes mental health and substance abuse issues go hand-in-hand. Other specialties include trauma therapy, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and self-esteem issues. Mike is trained in Brainspotting, which is an effective tool that explores how our bodies process past experiences. He is honored to have the opportunity to work with you and meet you on your journey.


Sarah Fesser, MS, LPC

Sarah is available at our Brookfield location.


Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Master's degree in Community Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater.  Sarah utilizes an eclectic approach in therapy. She works with couples, adults and adolescents. She is certified in "Prepare Enrich Premarriage and Marriage". 

Sarah's areas of therapy with couples include preparing for marriage, repairing relational hurts, improving communication, increasing problem solving capacities and working together in parenting. Sarah's areas of therapy with individuals include working through life transitions, self esteem, stress management, identity discovery, relationship challenges and autonomy. 


Sarah relies on a Biblical approach to help individuals and couples move beyond their circumstances into their God given potential. 


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Cedric Dale Hoard, MS, LPC-IT

Cedric is available at our Brookfield location.


Cedric obtained his Master’s degree in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater and is working towards obtaining full licensure.

Cedric’s goal is to help those discover their purposeful identity and help those reach their true potential. His main focus is to empower clients to overcome personal barriers that may be influencing various aspects of their lives including, but not limited to, low self-esteem, trauma related aspects, anxiety, depression, relationship related dynamics, substance use, and pornography/sexual addictions.


Cedric recognizes that every client is unique and has different experiences and needs; therefore he believes counseling should be a collaborative and integrative process between the client and counselor. Understanding that each individual has different needs, Cedric’s approach to counseling is primarily client-centered, with aspects of narrative therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy.


Apart from counseling, Cedric is heavily involved in spoken word poetry, where he enjoys empowering audiences to move from pain to healing, and utilize and embrace the uniqueness and gifts God has granted all of us. 


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Camron Hinckle, MS, LPC

Camron is available at our Brookfield location.


Camron is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Wisconsin. He obtained his Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from UW-Milwaukee. 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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Jennifer Newkirk, MS, LPC 

Jennifer is available at our Brookfield location.


Jennifer has nearly 20 years of experience providing individual, couples, family and group counseling to adults, children and adolescents. She earned her Master's degree in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Jennifer is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, solutions focused therapy and goal oriented approach within 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, holds certification in ‘Prepare and Enrich Premarriage and Marriage’ and is considered a Level One Gottman trained marriage therapist. Jennifer has spoken to groups such as IMOMs and MOPS, and other churches and women’s organizations, providing them with guidance in dealing with depression and anxiety. She believes that in understanding and applying our past experiences, defining one’s future hopes and dreams, we can make better decisions and choices that will help individuals move towards the life God wants them they to lead. Apart from therapy, Jennifer enjoys reading, learning, running and spending time with family and friends.


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Sandra King, MA, LPC, NCC

Sandra is available at our Brookfield location.


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 S. Briggs, MSW, LCSW

Mary is available at our Brookfield location.


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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Trisha Frederick, MS, LPC

Trisha is available at our Brookfield location.


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, MS, LPC

Peg is available at our Brookfield location.


Peg earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Wisconsin.  She has experience as a school counselor and 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, additionally, offers parenting support through integrating the information and strategies from The Whole-Brain Child through her parenting workshops, consultations, psychoeducational groups, and psychotherapy


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.  Her specialty is incorporating the treasures of the Catholic faith, especially the Theology of the Body, into therapy.  She 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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Heidi Hemling, MS, LPC

Heidi is available at our Brookfield location.


Heidi is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Wisconsin. She earned her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marquette University. Heidi uses an integrative approach to counseling; focusing on bio-psycho-social and strengths-based models while seeking to understand clients through a trauma-sensitive lens.

Heidi is a certified perinatal mental health provider who is passionate about serving mothers experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Both individual and group treatment options are available. Heidi believes partner and family support is essential to the treatment process and offers session options for the family system in addition to individual treatment. 

Heidi also provides counseling for parents and children. Parents of children in all ages and stages will feel supported while navigating tantrums, behavior struggles and enhancing the parent-child connection. Children ages 2 and up can be involved in play therapy to address anxiety, depression, behavioral difficulties, emotion regulation, difficulties in the attachment relationship and adjustment to stressful or traumatic events. As a provider with years of experience working with children and their parents, and as a fellow parent of young children, Heidi would like to offer tools and perspective that can help parents shift their thoughts, communication, and actions in challenging moments. She also has several years of experience in supporting families before, during, and after adoption and offers individual counseling for adoptees of all ages. 

Heidi believes deeply in developing a relationship of trust and connection with all clients and considers it an honor to hold space for individuals and families as they journey through life. 


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Linda Zacharias, MSW, LCSW

Linda is available at our Brookfield location. 


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 and served in the U.S., Ukraine, Taiwan, Cambodia and other countries.She served by teaching and counseling the students in the churches and people who were in the ministry. Linda continues to extend counseling to those in ministry and in the churches. 


Linda is also a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. She took on this education for her own wellbeing, but soon found that so many people could increase their wellbeing by learning what their triggers are and learning how to eat well. Linda works with people who struggle with overeating and binge eating. Right now she is seeing people individually, but hopes to start groups soon. 


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 works with children ages 8-13, adults and families. Linda uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Family Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Prayer. She helps people work through various trauma's, depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, relationship issues and helping people navigate through change.


When she is not working, Linda enjoys walking, biking and spending time with friends.








Judy Otto, MSW, LCSW

Judy is available at our Germantown and Brookfield offices. 


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. 


Sarah Schultz, MS, LPC, SAC

Sarah is available at our Brookfield location.


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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Jeremy Schumacher, MA, LMFT

Jeremy is available at our Brookfield location.


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.


Shelly Lund, MSW, LCSW

Shelly is available at our Brookfield location.


Shelly has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Marriage & family Therapist since 1991. She has an extensive background in working with children, adolescents, and families as a Foster Care Social Worker, Sexual Abuse Counselor, School Social Worker, and Outpatient Mental Health Psychotherapist. Shelly works with Children as young as age 2 and adults up to age 90.  


Specialties include working with all types of trauma, including childhood trauma, sexual abuse, physical trauma from abuse, car accidents, sports injuries, surgery, birth and delivery trauma. Shelly also treats depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and life transitions such as: marriage, children, college, career changes, and empty nest. Training includes: Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Ego State Therapy, Play Therapy, Hypnosis and Focused Mindfulness/ Brainspotting.


Shelly has received advanced training in Brainspotting by the founder, David Grand. Brainspotting is a physiological brain/body therapeutic tool that works through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems within the body’s central nervous system. This technique uses eye positions and bio lateral music to help deactivate the brain around trauma, stress, anxiety etc. 


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Eric Seybold, Ph. D.

Eric Seybold, Ph.D.


Eric is available at our Brookfield location.


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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Tanya Gerhard, MSW, LCSW

Tanya is available at our Brookfield location.


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.