our team

DR. 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. 

Tanya Gerhard MSW, LCSW


Assisting individuals and couples in identifying their personal strengths and value, while instilling confidence and hope is essential to Tanya. She understands how life struggles can affect anxiety, depression, marriages, friendships, and parenting. As a Board Certified Christian Counselor, Tanya will integrate Christ’s wisdom in your counseling session if you would like. 


Tanya is a level 2 Gottman trained marriage therapist, has a certificate in trauma counseling and is a Trained Adoption Competent therapist. She seeks to use a strength-based, cognitive behavioral approach when treating anxiety, depression, grief and loss, self-esteem, parenting, and adjustment concerns. Tanya works with children, teens, and adults.


In her free time Tanya loves to ski with her family, drink coffee with her husband in their backyard, and explore.

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.

Cedric Hoard MS, LPC


Cedric’s goal is to help individuals discover their purposeful identity and help them 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.

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.

Sarah Fesser MS, LPC

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 Pre-marriage 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. 

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 experiencing grief and stress, depression, and anxiety. Judy strives to assist in helping couples and individuals communicate more effectively, establish healthy boundaries, process anger, and achieve forgiveness. 


Additionally, Judy has experience working with issues related to retirement and managing later life concerns. She also provides insight related to the unique needs and provides support to those in caregiver roles. A cognitive behavioral as well as solution-focused approach is typically used as Judy works with people to achieve their goals. 

Judy works from our Germantown location on Thursdays and Fridays.

Mike Schachtner MSW, APSW, SAC-IT

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 his role as guiding you toward growth, hope, and healing.

In addition to working with individuals, Mike has experience working with children over five years old, couples, and those struggling with substance abuse. 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.

Margaret Renz MS, LPC


Peg loves helping clients use their God-given strengths to develop into the people He called them to be. She supports this growth by encouraging each person she works with to practice gratitude, living in the present moment, maintaining perspective, and striving to be focused 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. Another focus of her practice is in offering parenting support through integrating the information and strategies from The Whole-Brain Child, No Drama Discipline, and The Yes Brain through parenting workshops, consultations, psychoeducational groups, and psychotherapy.


She has experience as a school counselor and uses a strength-based, cognitive-behavioral approach to help children, adolescents, and adults work through matters related to managing anxiety, depression, emotions, parenting minor or adult children, and adjustment concerns.  

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 and served in the U.S., Ukraine, Taiwan, Cambodia and other countries.

Linda is very interested and has taken many courses in nutrition. She took on this education for her own well-being, but soon found that so many people could increase their well-being by learning what their triggers are and learning how to eat well. Linda works with people who struggle with overeating and binge eating. She is seeing people on the individual basis.


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 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.

Alison Jacobs MS, LPC, NCC


Alison is a licensed professional counselor with experience in the treatment of anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, self-harm, trauma and chronic illness.Alison specializes in working with adolescent girls and also treats adult women as well as children ages 4 and older. She served with Campus Crusade for Christ in France and is passionate about coming alongside others in the cross-cultural adjustment and reentry process.


Alison is trained in the integration of psychotherapy and theology and enjoys incorporating faith into the therapy process to the degree the client desires. She uses primarily cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), solution-focused therapy and a strengths-based approach. Alison received her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Evangel University. Outside of work, she enjoys playing piano, practicing yoga, painting watercolor and spending time with her family.

Gabrielle Yank MS, LPC-IT


Gabrielle received her Master's Degree from the University of Mary in Fargo, North Dakota.

She believes in the wonder of every human being as a unique masterpiece with an intricate story. She seeks to honor the value of each person and believes in their capacity to find purpose and fulfillment in their priceless identity as human beings loved by God. She aims to walk with people towards healing to discover their potential and immeasurable worth.

Gabrielle works primarily with children and adolescents. She approaches therapy from a person-centered perspective with a strong emphasis on Play Therapy supported by a skills-based framework. She has experience treating areas of trauma, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, mood disorders, attachment issues, and other related concerns.

Emily Olson MS, LPC


Emily is a registered art therapist and licensed professional counselor with experience in the treatment of depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, borderline personality disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and stress-induced adjustment concerns. She enjoys working with all ages, from children through adults, and has experience in individual and group therapy.


Emily offers the option of traditional counseling or art therapy, for those looking for an alternative and holistic application to their needs. Emily utilizes strengths-based cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and a trauma-informed approach. She would be honored to engage with Christ's teachings within sessions as desired. 

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