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-IT


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.

Heidi Hemling MS, LPC, NCC, PMH-C

Heidi believes in 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 believes deeply in developing a relationship of trust and connection.


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. No childcare? No problem! Bring baby along.

Additionally, parents of children 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, 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.

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. 

Camron Hinckle MS, LPC

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 treating depression, anxiety, adjustment issues, ADHD, and aiding in relapse prevention.


Camron realizes everyone is different with different needs, and therapy is a relationship between client and clinician working together to meet those needs in the best way possible.

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.

Jennifer Newkirk MS, LPC

Jennifer has 20 years of experience providing individual, couples, and group counseling to adults, children, and adolescents. Jennifer, Licensed Professional Counselor, utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy and goal oriented approach within treatment. She has experience providing mental health services addressing issues including depression, anxiety, self-harm, relationship issues, parenting, and family issues.


Jennifer is a certified Christian Life Coach, Stephan Minister, Certified in ‘Prepare and Enrich Pre-marriage and Marriage’ program and is considered a Level One Gottman trained marriage therapist. Jennifer has spoken to church groups and women’s organizations, providing them with guidance in dealing with depression and anxiety and marriage.  She believes understanding and applying our past experiences, defining one’s future hopes and dreams, we can make better decisions. Finding our identity in Christ, 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.

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.

Sandra King MA, LPC

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, 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.

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.  

Shelly Lund MSW, LCSW

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.

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.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 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. 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.

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 enjoys working with children and adults. 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.

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