our team

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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, and learning disorders.

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.

Becky Breitrick MA, LPC


There are so many things which can throw our lives out of balance:  stress, fear and worry, sadness, trauma and life changes. At any age or stage, an out of balance life can mean less joy, less hope and more difficulty. A therapist can walk alongside you as you work to restore balance. Sometimes balance comes through adopting new habits or new ways of thinking. Sometimes balance is restored when you are given the opportunity to tell your story without fear of judgment. Sometimes, what is needed most is a reminder of the faithfulness and unconditional love of God.

Becky is committed to helping you restore balance in your life. Becky works with school aged children, teens and adults and has experience treating anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties and trauma. Becky uses a variety of strategies including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and some dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Becky has formal training in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, an evidence based treatment for children and teens who have experienced traumatic events. Becky has also completed a training program for adoption competent therapy.

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. 

Alison Jacobs MS, LPC


Alison is a licensed professional counselor who works with children, adolescents, college students, and adult women. As an evidence-based therapist, Alison integrates primarily Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy and a strengths-based approach. Alison is trained in the integration of psychotherapy and theology and enjoys incorporating faith into the therapy process to the degree the client desires.


Alison’s areas of practice include anxiety disorders and stress management; depression and bipolar disorders; managing chronic illness, attention and hyperactivity issues (including ADHD), parent training, and healthy boundary setting.


She served with Campus Crusade for Christ in France and is passionate about supporting missionaries in the reentry process, including missionary kids (MKs) who have experienced life as third culture kids abroad. Alison received her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Evangel University.

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, LCSW, SAC

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 works with adults, 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.

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.

Monika Wiese MS, LPC-IT


Persistent experiences of anxiety, sadness, fear, and anger and as well as addictive behaviors inform the psyche (the soul, the spirit, the mind) it needs healing. Monika is a graduate of Divine Mercy University and is formed to treat clients holistically using best practices of psychology combined within Christian theological and philosophical principles. Foundational is the client’s goodness, created out of love in the image of God, with an inherent orientation to flourish in relationships and life circumstances by drawing on one’s faith and adopting and maintaining good habits, or virtues, in behaviors and communications with others and oneself.  Monika’s philosophy is that God’s love is the ongoing source of healing. 

Monika has experience working with children and adolescents. Her goal is to foster hope, trust, autonomy, and a sense of accomplishment in her clients using age-appropriate therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), and play therapy. Goal-oriented, she encourages clients to explore and develop the virtues needed to overcome challenges. Developing one’s identity is critical for wholeness and as a daughter of immigrant parents, Monika can empathize with the struggles involved in navigating two cultures and finding a stable place of belonging. 

Monika is married and has 3 children. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading spiritual classics, walking in nature, curling, and spending time in prayer.  A life-long learner, she recently started learning how to play the harp. 

Steve Cross, Intern


Steve’s passion is in helping people to grow in every area of their lives. He is skilled in helping clients to identify blind spots in their thinking and to brainstorm solutions for overcoming those obstacles. He considers it an honor to walk alongside clients in their journey to emotional wellness. Steve examines mental health from a holistic perspective, taking into consideration often overlooked things, such as diet, exercise and sleep. He also incorporates biblical principles for those who are open to receiving them. 


Steve’s area of practice include men’s issues, marriage and pre-marital counseling, healthy communication, grief and depression. He has worked with clients of all ages, including children and teens.


Steve completed his master’s degree coursework in Biblical Counseling from Crown College and is in the process of completing his internship. He has also undergone training in the Prepare/Enrich marriage counseling method.


He is married with five children. He loves to read and play board games with his family. He is continually seeking to grow as a counselor and to help people live out the abundant life that God has created them for.