About

We are a group of compassionate therapists, here to help you find hope and healing on your life's journey. Your therapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan to meet your individual goals. Please browse our site to see if the services we offer will meet your needs, and contact us for further information or to arrange services. "Once you choose hope, anything is possible." --Christopher Reeves

Tina Ottman-Boykin - Licensed Professional Counselor/Licensed Clinical Social Worker

AT THIS TIME, TINA’S CASELOAD IS FULL AND SHE IS NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. HOWEVER, ANOTHER AGENCY THERAPIST MAY BE ABLE TO MEET YOUR NEEDS.

Tina’s work experience is varied. She has worked with emotionally disturbed children and their families in residential treatment, with children and teens as a school counselor K-12, opened her home as a licensed foster home for children and teens for several years, and been in private practice with various agencies since 1992. Tina integrates spirituality into her counseling when so desired by her clients. She works with children, teens, families, adults and couples. Tina is comfortable with and advocates coordinating treatment with school personnel, doctors, social workers and other resources as needed.
Tina received her master’s degree from UW-Oshkosh with a dual emphasis in K-12 School Counseling and Community Counseling. She has also completed extensive training in Internal Family Systems Therapy, a model of therapy that believes that people already have the internal resources needed to heal and grow. Tina’s areas of interest and expertise include

  • Childhood and adolescent emotional and behavioral disorders, particularly ADHD, ODD, anxiety and depression; utilizing Play therapy and expressive modalities as needed.
  • Relaxation training and guided imagery for treatment of anxiety, depression and stress related issues.
  • Adjustment issues related to divorce, blended families, loss, moving, deployment, career changes, and other significant developmental life changes.
  • Relationship, family and parenting issues.
  • Recovery from past trauma resulting from family dysfunction, alcoholism or other addictions, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, parental mental illness, etc.

Tina works in the Sheboygan office on Mondays and Tuesdays and in the Plymouth office Wednesdays and Thursdays and an occasional Saturday. Hours subject to change.

Julie Niver - Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor

Julie is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in the State of Wisconsin.

She has always been interested in working with people. Her style of counseling is to look at the individual needs of each client. She does not believe in generalizing clients based on a diagnosis. Her approach considers the whole person-thoughts, feelings, physical, and spiritual.

Julie received her Bachelors degree in Psychology, with a Concentration in Applied Psychology (CAP) from UW-La Crosse and her Graduate degree in Community Counseling from the University of Winona (MN).

Her experience includes a variety of settings in the mental health field. This includes: residential settings for the mentally ill person, group home settings, inpatient, day treatment and outpatient settings. In the past 20 years, she has primarily worked with adults and adolescents in an outpatient setting.

Julie provides individual and group counseling for AODA needs, individual counseling for mental health needs. The counseling approach does depend upon the individual needs of the client. Overall, the cognitive-behavioral approach is the primary approach, however the eclectic approach seems to be the best to retain clients’ involvement within counseling and to assist them in meeting their goals. She encourages clients to take responsibility for their choices past, present and future. The primary motivation, to change thoughts and behaviors now to improve your life for your future.

Specialties include:

  • Mental Health/Substance Abuse (Dual Diagnosis)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anger Management
  • Gambling Problems
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Stress Management
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Julie works Mondays-Thursdays. Her hours vary.

Danielle Shilts- Licensed Professional Counselor

Danielle has been on staff at Life Point Counseling for over 4 years but has been in the field of counseling for over 12 years.  Danielle has worked with a variety of populations including children and their families in their homes, bereaved individuals through a hospice program, adolescents and their families in a therapeutic boarding school, the elderly in assisted living facilities, and adults and couples in private practice.  Danielle received her Master’s degree from DePaul University with an emphasis on Community Counseling.  In working with children and teens, Danielle has used art as a means of expression.  This also provides a reminder of the work done during the therapy session.  With many clients Danielle has found success using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which helps clients become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking and challenges them to reframe their thoughts in order to handle challenging situations more effectively.  Danielle is very pleased to be a part of the team of therapists at Life Point Counseling.

Danielle’s small dachshund, Bejoe, is present for sessions and is certified by the National Service Animal Registry as a therapy/emotional support dog.

Danielle’s areas of interest and expertise include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Healing from sexual and physical abuse
  • Grief
  • Anger issues

Danielle works out of the Plymouth office on Tuesdays, Thursday mornings and Fridays, out of the Port Washington office on Wednesdays and the Sheboygan office on Thursday afternoons.

Sheri Severson- Licensed Professional Counselor/Nationally Certified Counselor with the National Board of Certified Counselors

Sheri graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in Education, Counseling Emphasis.  Prior to working as an outpatient therapist, Sheri obtained experience working with a variety of mental health issues on an inpatient psychiatric unit, both with adolescents and adults.  She also did both of her Graduate Internships in family systems therapy, working with a team of family systems therapists.

Sheri has been working as an outpatient therapist since 2005.  She works with adolescents (12 years and above) as well as adults.  Sheri provides individual, couples, and family therapy for her clients.  She uses a solution focused and cognitive behavioral therapy approach which focuses on working collaboratively with clients to achieve his/her desired goals using a strengths based approach and evaluating and modifying thoughts.  She also incorporates mindfulness skills into her work.

Sheri’s areas of expertise include the following:

  • Depression/Mood Related Concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Couples Counseling
  • Grief
  • Coping with life issues which have become overwhelming

Sheri approaches her clients with compassion, warmth, and kindness.  She is available to meet with you on Mondays at the Sheboygan office from 2 PM- 6 PM, Tuesdays in Plymouth from 4:30 to 6:30 in Plymouth and Saturdays in Plymouth from 8 AM- 4 PM.

Mindy Thao - Licensed Professional Counselor- In Training, Substance Abuse Counselor-In Training

Mindy is an LPC-IT and SAC-IT who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis focusing on Trauma therapy. Mindy’s professional experiences include working with a variety of age groups ranging from children to adults. She has experiences working with children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder.

 

Mindy has worked in residential settings, inpatient, and outpatient clinics. She has worked with various mood disorders including major depression disorder, bipolar disorder, and substance induced mood disorder. Mindy also has experiences working with obsessive/compulsive disorders and other related anxiety disorders which includes excoriation, trichotillomania, and body dysmorphic disorder.

 

Mindy’s theoretical approach includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Person-Centered Approach. She implements therapeutic techniques with individuals according to their needs. Therapeutic techniques and skills training includes: behavior modification, exposure therapy, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation skills, and reality acceptance skills.

 

Mindy currently works in our Sheboygan office on Mondays and Wednesdays and in our Plymouth office on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Angela Wessels - Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor

Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Prior to providing counseling services, Angela worked at Mental Health America in Sheboygan County for 5 years, providing educational programming on mental health topics to youth and adults, participating on community committees promoting mental health causes in the community, and connecting people with area resources.

 

Angela has been providing counseling services for the past 3 years. She works with older children, teens, adults, and couples who may be experiencing a variety of mental health and life transition issues. Her areas of expertise include:

Anxiety

Depression

Bipolar Disorder

Grief

Trauma

Chronic pain/illness

Her therapeutic style could be described as collaborative, intentional, and forward-focused. She often uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness principles, motivational interviewing and solution-focused strategies to assist clients in establishing more effective patterns of thought and behavior. She has additional training in integrating a client’s faith with therapy, and enjoys working with clients who are seeking to bring their faith into the counseling process. She also likes to incorporate physical wellness factors into counseling sessions. Additionally, Angela provides critical incident debriefings for first responders after traumatic incidents. She considers it a privilege to help clients build hope and experience positive changes in their lives.

Angela works out of our Sheboygan location on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9-5 and in Plymouth on Thursdays from 9-3.

Lindsay Rick - Licensed Professional Counselor

Lindsay is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh. Lindsay has been providing services in the mental heath field as a therapist since 2006 primarily working with adults in individual, couple and group therapy modalities in an outpatient setting. Her theoretical model of therapy includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. Lindsay believes counseling is a tool for an individual to grow and learn in a collaborative process with a therapist. As a registered yoga teacher, wife and mother of young children, Lindsay understand the importance of a healthy life balance and strives to unite her professional knowledge with life experience to provide clients compassionate, thoughtful counseling sessions.

Specialties include:
Anxiety
Depression/ Mood Disorders
Stress Management
Dual Diagnosis (mental health and substance abuse)
Grief
Adjustment Disorders
Chronic Illness

Lindsay is available to meet with you at the Plymouth location on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm.

Kathlyn Hunholz, LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor

Kathlyn Hunholz, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Kay holds a Master’s in Guidance & Counseling from UW-Stout
with an undergraduate degree from UW-Eau Claire in Elementary Education and
Special Education. After her Master’s degree, she spent a year at Georgia State
University-Atlanta in advanced studies in Marriage & Family and Integration of
Theology and Psychology.
Kay is committed to keeping couples and families together and emotionally
healthy, whenever possible. Using the Gottman couples materials to identify
strengths and difficult areas of the relationship and helping the couple grow in
relational skills are important components of couple counseling. Couples of all
ages and stages of life can benefit from learning new ways to deepen
communication.
As a former elementary counselor Kay has a special interest in developing
emotionally healthy and confident children. Kay has worked in the field of
counseling over the past 25 years working with couples, families, children,
women’s issues, anxiety, and depression. She uses cognitive behavior therapy,
relaxation techniques, family systems, play therapy techniques, EMDR and other
approaches to meet the clients’ individual needs. Kay works with all ages
including children as young as 4-5 years and adults of all ages. Kay works from a
Christian worldview. Kay has appointments in our Port Washington office on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 and Saturday mornings from 9-11.