About Us

Wellspring Counseling Center, Inc. was formed in Spring 2008 when partners Sheri McCallister and Brian Westrate set out to bring a fresh, attachment-focused approach to the counseling field. Sheri and Brian met as Master Degree students at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and nearly a decade later worked together at the same private practice counseling office. They have currently worked together for more than 20 years.

Sheri and Brian hope that their partnership helps bring the healing, growth, and transformation to clients that they know is possible. They repeatedly experience individuals redeeming their painful pasts and having meaningful lives when they face their fear, pain, and despair.

The foundation for Wellspring Counseling Center is based on reliability, consistency, openness, and empathy. Wellspring counselors commit themselves to continued growth as both therapists and individuals, believing that health is found in continued development.

Our Services

  • Aging

  • Anger management

  • Anxiety

  • Attachment disorder

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Blended families

  • Borderline personality

  • Depression

  • Eating disorder

  • Grief

  • Job and career concerns

  • Low self-esteem

  • Marriage and family

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

  • Panic disorder

  • Post-tramatic stress disorder

  • Relationship issues

  • Social phobia

  • Stress

  • Suicidal impulses

  • Trauma

Meet Our Therapists

Sheri McCallister

262.898.1149
drsheri@wellspringcc.com

Dr. Sheri McCallister, DMin, MA, LPC

Dr. Sheri McCallister graduated in 1983 with a Bachelors in Psychology from Trinity College in Deerfield, Illinois. She earned a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1988, followed by a Doctorate in Christian Counseling with an emphasis on developmental attachment and attachment to God in 2014. Sheri has been working as a counselor for 34 years.

Sheri and her husband Del have been married for 40 years. They have two adult children, a son-in-law, grandson, and granddaughter. When Sheri isn’t spending time with her grandkids she enjoys reading, gardening, and decorating.

Coming alongside hurting people to help position them to receive healing and transformation from God is Dr. McCallister’s passion. She works from a stance of “wounded healer,” which means that her counseling is embedded with the healing and transformation she has personally experienced with the Lord. She believes true healing includes both emotional and spiritual development and maturity.

Dr. McCallister works with couples to heal their relationships as well as with individuals and groups. Her area of expertise is working with trauma recovery and related issues which include anxiety, depression, low self esteem, anger issues, and personality disorders.

Brian Westrate, MA, LPC

Brian Westrate completed his Bachelor’s degree from Taylor University in 1983 and his Master’s degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1987. Before starting Wellspring Counseling Center with Sheri McCallister in 2008, he worked at Zion Clinic Counseling Center, Arlington Counseling Center, MWA Counseling and McCallister, Westrate and Associates. While working in Illinois Brian was certified as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in 1993. In 2006 he acquired his Professional Counseling license with the state of Wisconsin.

Brian brings nearly 30 years of experience working in mental health private practice. His interests and specialties include serving clients with:

• Anxiety
• Depression
• Men’s issues
• Couples counseling
• Adult attachment issues

Brian grew up going to church weekly but came to personal relationship with Jesus Christ his first semester at Taylor University in 1979. Through the many years he has experienced God’s faithfulness and cherishes His unfailing, consistent love. Truly God is good, patient, and kind.

Outside of the office Brian enjoys woodworking, walking, and puttering in the garage. He also finds it challenging to drive by an antique store without stopping to browse.

Thirty-four years of marriage to his wife Diana with three adult children and two grandchildren are very delightful.

Brian Westrate

262.554.7215
brian@wellspringcc.com

Erin O'Connor

847.372.7750
erin@wellspringcc.com

Erin O’Connor, MA, LPC-IT

Erin earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University and her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Judson University. She also earned Advanced Counseling Certification in Trauma-Focused Narrative Therapy from The Allender Center. Erin taught physics and chemistry for 20 years and has been a therapist since 2012.

Erin approaches her work from the position of a wounded healer. In her own journey she received deep care and compassion, which she passes forward to others who need care and encouragement. Erin believes each person’s story is sacred and lasting change happens within the context of relationships. Erin believes there is hope for healing and growth for everyone who struggles. She believes there is redemption available for every story. It is her hope to empower individuals to develop resiliency and embrace healing in order to live life to the fullest. She also brings to her professional counseling years of experience advising and teaching, helping others with education concerns such as test anxiety and advocacy, and especially enjoys work with individuals with special education needs (ie ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and OCD).

Erin specializes in helping adolescents and young adults:

  • through life transitions
  • relieve anxiety and depression
  • recover from trauma and abuse
  • work through grief and loss
  • navigate relationship issues

In addition to her clinical work, Erin mentors single mothers at her church, is a writer, public speaker, and educator. Erin finds joy out in nature, photography, painting, swimming, reading, and bird-watching, all of which shares with her grown children and her granddaughter.

Elizabeth McDowell, MA, LPC

Elizabeth graduated in 2011 with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida Gulf Coast University and earned her graduate degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2015. She has been working as a therapist in private practice since 2015 and also taught Psychology for several years.

Elizabeth is a highly relational and integrative therapist, meaning that she utilizes an assortment of different theories and techniques in her approach, but she is truly a cognitive behavioral therapist at her core. She is passionate about developing the unique characteristics and strengths of the individuals she works with, to help them achieve the emotional, behavioral, relational, and spiritual lives they desire. She has a knack for connecting with individuals in a meaningful way, which allows her to encourage her clients to learn self-acceptance, while also challenging themselves toward change.

In her experience as a therapist, Elizabeth has had the privilege of working with a variety of different clients and issues, but her areas of expertise include working with families, children, adolescents, and couples. Her experience has also included a focus on depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, self-esteem issues, and family issues. She also enjoys working with people who consider faith and spirituality to be an important aspect of their lives.

Elizabeth has been married to her best friend, Sam, for 9 years and together they have three beautiful children, two little boys, and a baby girl. She enjoys spending time with her family and serving at their local church. When she isn’t busy wrangling her toddlers, she enjoys reading a good novel, learning about nutrition, completing a DIY project, baking, and singing.

Elizabeth McDowell, MA, LPC

262.448.6888
elizabeth@wellspringcc.com

Erin O'Connor

224.702.0429
mark@wellspringcc.com

Mark Derbas, MS, LPC, SAC-IT

Mark Derbas earned his Bachelor’s degree from National-Louis University in 2002 and went on to earn his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2011. He began practicing in the Southeastern Wisconsin area in 2013.  Mark’s clinical orientation combines cognitive-behavioral, internal family systems, motivational interviewing and solution-focused techniques.  He believes that it is important to treat the client as a whole person, integrating spirituality with psychology, focusing on healing and growth rather than pathology.

Mark finds it to be a privilege getting to work with clients, hearing their stories and helping them seek out resolutions to their problems. Providing a safe haven for clients to express their feelings, explore their options, and find healing is the foundation as to how Mark practices as a psychotherapist. He believes that helping clients identify and heal from past wounds that are affecting the present is an essential part of the therapeutic journey.

Mark works with individuals, couples and teens. His primary areas of interest include

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Bipolar mood disorder
  • Substance use disorders
  • PTSD
  • Personality disorders

Mark’s spiritual journey began at age 13 when he was saved by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Since then he has been able to experience first-hand the love and mercy of God in his own daily walk. When not practicing Mark enjoys spending time with his adult kids, playing guitar and attending services at his local church. Mark also enjoys the outdoors and has become an avid bicyclist in recent years.

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