Open-minded Christian Therapists
If you are reading this page, we understand you either are seeking Christian Counseling or you may feel uncomfortable that we offer this service.
If you are nervous or uncomfortable that Inspire offers this service, we understand. Please know that Inspire was founded on the principle of love and respect. We never will “push” our personal beliefs with any guest. We are proud to serve and respect ALL faiths and beliefs.
If you are looking for a Christian therapist or Christian Counseling, we are happy to offer this service to you. Christian Counseling is a way to seek support with the healing power of faith, wisdom and connection to God.
What is Christian Counseling? How is it different than traditional counseling?
Christian Counseling sessions are very similar to traditional sessions using clinical tools for things such as anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, relationship stress. However, there are additional resources of faith, scripture and God available to support growth and healing. These resources add wisdom, nurturing, deeper understanding and peace to traditional sessions.
Meet the Therapists offering Christian Counseling
Lauren is a life-long Christian. Her faith and involvement in the Church are a core value in her life. She speaks and has led several Women’s Retreats, Women’s Council Meetings, Youth Groups, and supports leaders within the Church.
Lauren knows the healing power of prayer, faith, and connection to God. She attended private Christian schools K-8. During her foundational years, she learning how to use the Bible and scripture for healing, wisdom and life-lessons. In her adult life, Lauren attends Church weekly, participates in Bible studies and is a leader for her Women’s Guild.
Cyndi Benner, MA, LPC
Cyndi helps women heal from difficult feelings, life transitions, parenting struggles, relationship challenges and troublesome experiences. Often when tragic events or disappointments happen, it can challenge our faith and relationship with God.
Cyndi combines her “trauma certified” experience with her faith and spiritual journey to help women safely explore and heal. She has a gentle voice and demeanor that make women feel comfortable to process and experience relief and joy again. Cyndi is passionate about empowering women to live their best life.
Becky Freeman-Murray, MA LCPC
Becky combines 25+ years of clinical counseling experience with a lifetime of personal faith. Becky has seen the redemptive power of God and faith in difficult times.
She is proud to help her clients challenge rigid beliefs, grow in their understanding of God and courageously live by faith.
From her own marriage and motherhood (of now adult children), she understands many of life’s challenges, which makes her approach to faith and counseling very “real” and “down to earth.”
Becky believes that facing our struggles is the key to learning and living an excellent life.
Katelyn Easter, MS, MFT
Katelyn is a Sunday School teacher at her home church. She loves helping kids live their best lives–including growing their faith.
In addition to counseling, Katelyn has a heart for teaching. She has been a dance instructor, choreographer and a Teaching Assistant at Northwestern University. She adds value, light and love wherever she goes. She truly lives with Christ-like qualities and is a kindhearted, sweetheart.
Nikkie has a huge heart for God. She led a small-group of girls for 7 years at Willow Creek North Shore, shepherding them from Junior High all the way through High School.
Nikkie knows the value of faith — and has a fun, real, down-to-earth approach, especially for adolescents and young adults. She also has volunteered her time and talent as one of the worship lead singers at Willow Creek North Shore. She and her family have started a new chapter at their local church and continue to grow and develop their faith.
Devin Shepard, MS, LSW
Devin’s faith is a cornerstone of his character and life. Most of Devin’s life has been dedicated to volunteering and helping others in need. He’s taught theology classes, led retreats, and led his freshman basketball team on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
Devin spent a year volunteering counseling services as a Americorps. Before that, he started a homeless outreach program with weekly service for 2 years. He was awarded the “National Sigma Chi Mark V. Anderson Character-In-Action” leadership award.
Most of all, you can instantly feel Devin’s warmth, care, kindness and dedication to helping others, the moment you meet him. He is truly a man living out his faith in a daily, “walk the walk” kind of way.
**Please Note: Not all therapists at Inspire Counseling Center offer Christian Counseling. Every therapist at Inspire respects ALL religions and beliefs. Unless requested by the client, therapists will conduct traditional, clinical counseling and will not share their personal beliefs in the counseling process.