About Us

Dealing Gently from out of our own weakness Heb. 5:2-3

Mission

Helping people engage life with hope through Jesus Christ.

Vision

We work to serve individuals, couples, and families though counseling; and churches through consultation, seminars and speaking.

Cedar Cove counselors are women and men made in Gods image, growing in their own faith, both corporately and individually. We learn from each other, acknowledge our own strengths and weaknesses, and aim towards a culture of grace and gentleness within our organization and in our counsel (Hebrews 5:2-3).
 

Our goal is skill and excellence in our work, and growth through education, consultation, and supervision.

 

Our counselors are:
Cache Barnes

Cache Barnes

Executive Director

ABOUT

Cache has been a part of ministry of Cedar Cove back to dream of it in 2011. He was counseling in the local church in 2011, and started officially with Cedar Cove in 2016.

Cache is married to his lovely wife Kim with three girls. He enjoys cooking, biking, the ocean, dreaming and planning future ministry opportunities, travel and experiencing other cultures.

EDUCATION

B.S. Exercise Physiology from University of Central Arkansas
M.A. Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary
Completed CCEF Certificates
Prepare and Enrich Certified

AREAS of INTEREST

Spiritual abuse, Abuse Care, Men struggling in marriage, shame, anxiety/depression, Caring for caregivers and ministry workers

Barb Waldemar

Barb Waldemar

Director for Counselor Care

ABOUT

Barb has been studying biblical counseling for the past seven years. She started counseling at Cedar Cove in 2018. Previously she served as the dean of women in higher education.
Barb has been married for 30 years, has two adult children, a high schooler, and five grandchildren. She enjoys academics, baking cookies, gardening, and being outside – especially on or near the water.

EDUCATION

Certificate in Commercial Art
Completed CCEF Certificates
MA, Counseling (in progress)

AREAS of INTEREST

adult women, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, marriage

Julia Crickenberger

Julia Crickenberger

Counselor

ABOUT

Julia has been counseling with Cedar Cove since 2018, and previously counseled college women in a lay capacity. She is a part-time counselor and full-time mom of 3 young kids. Julia enjoys cooking tasty, healthy meals, watching good movies and anything beach-related.

EDUCATION

B.S. in Psychology and Bible
Completed CCEF Certificates

AREAS of INTEREST

Adults young and not-so-young, abuse, anxiety, OCD, same-sex attraction, women’s sexual sin and emotional regulation

Brendan Lebsack

Brendan Lebsack

Counselor

ABOUT

Brendan has been counseling with Cedar Cove since 2017. His previous ministry experience includes youth ministry, campus ministry, teaching, small group ministry and urban youth outreach.

Brendan is married to Anna and they have three young children. He enjoys music, exercise, sports and sharing family adventures in the Twin Cities and beyond.

EDUCATION

BS, Exercise Science, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Completed CCEF Certificates
MA, Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary

AREAS of INTEREST

Individual, family, marriage, youth, anxiety, depression, grief, singleness

Sara Jacobson

Sara Jacobson

Counselor

ABOUT

Sara has been counseling with Cedar Cove since 2019. Prior to living in Minnesota, she counseled at her previous church in Kentucky and served on staff with a campus ministry in Indiana.

Sara is married to Tim, and in her free time she loves playing tennis with her husband, visiting her friends all over the world, cooking, reading, and mastering sudoku.

EDUCATION

BS, Elementary Education and Mathematics, Indiana University
MA, Biblical Counseling, Southern Seminary Theological Seminary
MA, Leadership, Southern Seminary Theological Seminary
Completed CCEF Certificates

AREAS of INTEREST

Anxiety, deep grief and depression, sexual struggles, family and relational trauma

Jon Hansel

Jon Hansel

Counselor

ABOUT

Jon has nearly 15 years of biblical counseling experience. He has served in pastoral ministry for over a decade and is also a small business owner.

Jon and his wife Tonya have been married for over twenty years and make their home in Burnsville, Minnesota. They have four children and two exuberant dogs. Jon enjoys reading, writing, camping with the family, and zipping around the Twin Cities on a motorcycle or in a classic automobile.

EDUCATION

BA, Psychology, Capella University
MA, Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary
DMinn (Cand.), Organizational Leadership, Bethel University

AREAS of INTEREST

Individual, Marriage, Family, Parenting, Addictions, Abuse, Anxiety, Trauma Care and Recovery, Leadership Coaching

Gaby Morris

Gaby Morris

Counselor

ABOUT

Prior to joining the Cedar Cove team in 2020, Gaby served in the counseling ministry at her local church, as well as previously serving in prayer and chaplain ministries, and on a Domestic Abuse Response team.

​​Gaby and her husband Nate have been blessed with three grown children and four grandchildren. She enjoys doing just about anything active, especially if it includes family, friends, and chasing a ball. She also loves audio books, design, other cultures, and hearing others stories.

EDUCATION

BS, Psychology, University of Northwestern, St. Paul
MA, Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary
Completed CCEF Certificates
Certificate of Completion, Global Trauma Recovery Institute

AREAS of INTEREST

Working with women from all walks of life experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, destructive relationships, or eating disorders – helping them find hope in the midst of heartache.

Cara Herzberg

Cara Herzberg

Counselor

ABOUT

Cara has been counseling with Cedar Cove since 2018. She is married and has five children. Cara and her husband moved to Senegal in 2008, where they work in agriculture and community development.

Cara enjoys anything you can do in the mountains or ocean and also making pizza for the people she loves.

EDUCATION

BA, Journalism, Point Loma Nazarene University
MA, Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary
Completed CCEF Certificates

AREAS of INTEREST

Global Workers, Ministry Workers, Third Culture Kids (TCK’s), Adult TCK’s

Emily Thiel

Emily Thiel

Counselor

ABOUT

Emily began counseling at Cedar Cove in 2020. Her previous ministry experience includes serving with a campus ministry, small group ministry, being part of a church planting team, and being a pastor’s wife. Emily loves going for walks year-round, having good conversations, listening to audiobooks, and giving her kids tight squeezes.

EDUCATION

BS, Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
MA, Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary (May 2022)
Completed CCEF Certificates

AREAS of INTEREST

Working with children as well as adults, grief, loss, shame

Elizabeth Chen

Elizabeth Chen

Counselor

ABOUT

Elizabeth has been counseling with Cedar Cove since 2021, and was previously doing counseling care at her church. Prior to that, she worked as an RN in the Emergency Room. She is married to a wonderful man named Jan, and they have 4 children and a retriever named Moose. She enjoys hiking, camping, friends around the dinner table, and a really good cup of tea.

EDUCATION
BA, Nursing Science, Queen’s University
Completed CCEF Certificates
MA, Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary
AREAS of INTEREST

Adults, Women in crisis, Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Illness, Singleness, Third Culture Kids (TCKs), Ministry/Missionary Care

Cathleen Gosselin

Cathleen Gosselin

Counselor

ABOUT

Cathleen has been counseling at Cedar Cove since 2021. Prior to that she taught high school math for 18 years in Minneapolis and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Cathleen also has a ministry guiding in the Boundary Waters, bringing the Word into the wilderness on week-long canoe trips. She enjoys being outside, being unplugged, teaching the Bible, and eating ethnic foods.

EDUCATION

BA, Math, German, and Education, St.Olaf College
MS, International Education (emphasis in Bible), Philadelphia Biblical University
Completed CCEF certificates

AREAS of INTEREST

Teens and young adults, international communities, sexual struggles, family of origin, the effects of stress on the body, trauma and healing.

Caroline Jones

Caroline Jones

Counselor

ABOUT

Caroline has been counseling with Cedar Cove since 2018. In 2011, Caroline retired from a career in elementary education and began counseling children and families. She is currently a member of the online faculty for Westminster Theological Seminary and for CCEF. She is married to Spencer and has two adult daughters, five grandchildren, and two amazing sons-in law! Caroline enjoys walking her dog, knitting, and painting colorful mandalas.

 

EDUCATION
Family Systems Trauma Therapist
AutoPlay Therapy training
MABC, Faith Bible Seminary
Completed CCEF certificates
Montessori International Diploma
AREAS of INTEREST
Children, teens, family counseling and parenting. Autism, children with loud emotions,
eating disorders, intrusive thoughts (OCD), and self-injury.