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.
Meet Our Therapists
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:
• 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.
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.
Eileen comes to Wellspring Counseling Center as an intern after having already served for decades in the healthcare arena. Eileen graduated from the National College of Chiropractic in 1991, earning both a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Eileen has also completed her Certified Minister program through the Berean School of the Bible and has done Christian lay counseling throughout the past 20 years. Eileen is currently a graduate student in the professional Master’s degree program at Liberty University for Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
She is particularly interested in helping women, couples, and young adults who feel stuck in some way and need help finding a better way. This might look like anxiety, depression, relationship problems or anything else. She also has a distinct draw to helping those who have experienced trauma, or other negative experiences within the church, that may have affected their relationship with God or others. She also enjoys working with those who are recovering from, or currently in, narcissistic or abusive relationships. Eileen’s background also allows her the knowledge to work with those who experience chronic pain or other somatic (body) expressions of past trauma.
Eileen is very relational in nature and believes in fostering a warm, open, and accepting environment in which effective therapy can take place. She believes in fostering health of body, soul, and spirit. She uses a variety of approaches and is open to finding the best fit for each client. Eileen wants to give each client some practical tools to help them navigate life, as well as exploring the deeper areas of wounding, or lack, to help restore wholeness and health.
Eileen has been married to her husband Michael for 30 years and together they have two grown children. In her free time, Eileen loves to hike, travel, listen to audiobooks, and laugh a lot with friends and family.
Teresa Fluegel earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Sociology through University of Wisconsin Park-Side. Teresa also earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling through Capella University. She is certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors and is a Certified Trauma Professional. She works with teens ages 15 through 19, adults 20 through 65, and senior citizens and works with a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
Teresa studied through Berean Bible College and has worked in health care for many years. When Teresa is not at work, she enjoys running, biking, hiking, reading, solving puzzles, snow skiing, lifting weights, and cooking (please feel free to bring your favorite recipe to session).
Teresa’s position is that of a “wounded healer,” which means she counsels from a place of healing and transformation she personally experienced from Jesus. She sees it as an honor and privilege to help those who are hurting and walk with them as God transforms the pain into something meaningful.
Teresa knows it takes a great deal of courage to ask someone for help. She emphasizes genuineness, unconditional positive regard, and empathy in each session. The most effective therapeutic work happens without judgment, with complete acceptance, and curiosity. She is passionate about working with individuals who are struggling with issues that are interfering with functional living. She is excited to be part of your mental health journey, and will strive to give you her earnest attention to help you navigate through life choices and find effective solutions.
Teresa customizes counseling interventions, techniques, and procedures to meet each client and to treat specific issues. She knows and respects each client as the expert of his/her lived experiences and invites each client to explore possible experiences that may be hindering him/her from living his/her best life.
Teresa works with individuals in the area of depression, anxiety, low-self-esteem, anger, trauma recovery, and many other issues, in one-on-one sessions.
When confronted with life challenges and hardships, we find ourselves feeling alone and isolated and it can be difficult to reach out for help. If this is you please feel free to contact Teresa.