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.
Job and career concerns
Marriage and family
Post-tramatic stress disorder
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 thirty years.
Sheri and her husband Del have been married for thirty-seven years. They have two adult children, a son-in-law, and one grandson. When Sheri isn’t spending time with her grandson 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.
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.
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