Sherry Guthrie Petoskeky Professional Counselors

Sherry Guthrie MS, LPC
Practice Owner

Sherry Guthrie M.S., LPC received a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Barry University in Miami Florida in 1998 and has been working with clients from all walks of life for nearly 25 years providing quality, ethical services. Sherry has enjoyed working in large community centers, in private practice settings and have supervised clinical programs. She is a past contributor to both  “Being” magazine and the Petoskey News Review. Sherry also served as Adjunct Faculty at Miami-Dade college for 7 years before relocating to Petoskey Michigan in 2007.

*Sherry is a qualified supervisor for LPCs in the state of Michigan and is EMDR trained.

In Sherry’s own words: “I work with individuals who wish to live a full and rewarding life regardless of past experiences or current challenges. My clients have a range of issues including depression, anxiety, recent or remote trauma, childhood maltreatment, family dysfunction, women’s issues, distortions of thought, or grief and loss.  I use a variety of carefully chosen modalities to assist clients in reaching their personal goals. Such modalities might include CBT, traditional talk therapy, relaxation, biofeedback, pyscho-dynamic interpretation, assessment measures, and reading or writing material.

Making changes is never easy. It takes purposeful effort both inside and outside the therapy environment. Many clients find personal growth both difficult and rewarding. Therapy is not a sprint, it means learning new techniques for living and continuing to hone these techniques long after the therapeutic relationship has ended.”

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Christine Omilion-Sugg Petoskey Counselor

Christine Omilion-Sugg, MA, LPC, NCC

Christine earned her Master’s of Clinical Mental Health Degree from Oakland University with a specialization in infant, child, and adolescent therapy. She has provided care at the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan, Great Lakes Psychiatric, and is now serving clients at Petoskey Professional Counselors.

Christine has worked closely with countless children and adolescents over the years but is equally devoted and qualified to work with families and adults as well.

*Christine is a qualified supervisor for LPCs in the state of Michigan and is EMDR trained.  She practices in our Ann Arbor office and is available in person at her location, and via telehealth for those throughout the state of Michigan.

In Christine’s own words: “I believe in a client-centered approach as I recognize that there is no single path to wellness. We will collaborate to discover the route that is best for you, your child, or your family. I believe each of us can live full and authentic lives with a bit of support and guidance.”

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Susan McCloskey Petoskey Michigan Counselor

Susan (Sue) McCloskey, PMHNP-BC

Taking ages 4 to 18 for psychiatric medication management.

Susan McCloskey PMHNP-BC is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who received her Master of Science degree from Maryville University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Michigan. Sue has experience with clients across the lifespan but specializes in working with children and adolescents.

Sue has worked as a pediatric nurse in Northern Michigan for many years. Her most recent clinical experience was in a local school-based health center. Additionally, she has worked as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at CMH, managing medication for children ages 4-18. Sue has experience to diagnose and prescribe medication for clients that have mood and behavior disorders, ADHD, as well as other mental health conditions.

In Sue’s own words: “I am hopeful that by partnering with children and their families to address mental health needs at a young age we can make a difference that can affect their development, education, and social growth as well as help to foster a peaceful family life.”

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Naomi Casement, LMSW, CAADC, CSAT

Naomi brings substantial knowledge and clinical skills to her therapy practice.  Her experiences include specialty trainings in the areas of trauma, marriage/couple counseling, betrayal, addiction, and women’s issues.  Her experience ranges over 34 years.

Naomi earned her master’s degree at Wayne State University, Detroit, and attended the University of Michigan – Flint campus for her undergraduate degree. She enjoyed working in the addiction field as an intensive outpatient clinician in Flint. Afterward, she continued working with addiction and other mental health issues at Henry Ford outpatient clinic, Clinton Township, Michigan. There she conducted group therapy and didactic lectures for clients and their families in recovery. She also worked in the non- profit sector both as a clinical therapist, then as site director for Catholic Charities in Shiawassee County. In 2018, Naomi transitioned to live in the beautiful Petoskey, Michigan area. She continues to see clients in need from all over the state of Michigan.  The training Naomi has is in the Internal Family Systems approach (IFS), level 1 and 2 and is a qualified IFS consultant.  She is EMDR trained in level 1 and 2.  Naomi completed her training as an Emotionally Focused Couples counselor (EFT), plus, Gottman couples counseling method, level 1 and 2, and Internal Family Systems couples counselor Inside Out (IFIO).  She is also a certified sex addiction therapist (CSAT).

In Naomi’s own words: “Life’s challenges can become over-whelming and hard to navigate alone. I work with those struggling with trauma, betrayal reactions, have marital or relationship issues, struggle with sexual or pornographic addiction, alcohol or drug issues, depression, anxiety and women’s issues. I help clients learn to cope, to regulate emotions, and to navigate hardships to live a fulfilled life.”

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Sarah Cumberland Petoskey Michigan Counselor

Sarah Cumberland, MA, LLC

Sarah Cumberland, MA received her Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling in 2020 from Dallas Theological Seminary. This comprehensive program prepared Sarah equally in both theological tenets and the science and practice of Clinical Counseling. Sarah understands that there are many pathways to emotional wellness, and is equipped and eager to provide everyone a safe place to explore personal issues regardless of religious views. Her approach to counseling is client centered and she brings a spiritual base to those who ask for the benefit of her religious insight, and she brings secular skill and training to those seeking assistance in a more traditional sense. Sarah works with individuals 15 and older who are struggling with a variety of issues. She has helped those who are struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, family of origin issues, and sexual identity. In counseling, she uses a variety of methods including: client-focused therapy, creative art therapy, traditional talk therapy, and different elements of Gestalt and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

*Sarah is EMDR trained

In Sarah’s own words: “Through informed and compassionate practice, I hope to help people move towards their goals of healing, self-discovery, and change.”

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Elise Altonen, MA, LLC

Elise Altonen, is a Limited Licensed Counselor dedicated to guiding individuals on their mental health journey. Elise’s focus is on personal growth and well-being, and providing a safe and supportive space for exploration.  Elise earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Northern Michigan University and pursued her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. This diverse training equips her to address a wide range of mental health concerns.  Elise’s takes a great deal of inspiration from the natural world and believes that an appreciation for both animals and nature are important aspects of living a full life.

In Elise’s own words:  “I firmly believe in the healing power of connecting with the natural world. As a Northern Michigan native, I am excited to serve my community and support its members.  In our sessions, I create a non-judgmental and collaborative environment. I tailor my approach to meet your specific needs, working together to foster resilience and positive change.”

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Melissa Jibson, MA, LLC, NCC

Melissa Jibson received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University in May of 2023. As a native Michigander and military wife who has spent the last 20 years living across the United States and in Okinawa, Japan it has been exciting to settle down in Northern Michigan.

Melissa discovered that her varied life experiences have equipped her to walk with people who are dealing with an array of concerns. These concerns span from depression & anxiety, religious & spiritual issues, trauma & PTSD, marriage & family difficulties, and beyond. Melissa has a clinical focus on military families, veterans, adolescents 15-17, individuals, and couples. While these concerns have a significant impact on daily life, Melissa believes that individuals have the ability to overcome the obstacles that are limiting them from living their best lives. Melissa employs person-centered counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy techniques with her clients.

In Melissa’s own words: “I utilize an eclectic approach to help me meet my clients where they are. This will allow me to begin walking the journey with them towards hope and healing.”

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Daeun Whitcomb, MA, LLC

Daeun Whitcomb completed her Bachelors of Arts in Human Services and a minor in Biblical Studies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. She went on to obtain her Master of Arts in Counseling from Spring Arbor University. Daeun has provided services to children, adolescents, adults and families. She is also confident in understanding the needs of cross-cultural counseling and services. Her diverse cultural background and experiences enable her to effectively assist a wide range of clients, fostering an inclusive and understanding therapeutic environment.  She approaches her work in a client-centered, supportive, and collaborative manner. Daeun is committed to helping individuals and families navigate their unique challenges and achieve personal growth and well-being.

In Daeun’s own words:“Healing cannot happen in isolation. I am here to empower you and give you tools to navigate through life difficulties in a non-judgmental and collaborative environment. It will take time and effort to heal, but you do not have to do it alone. ”

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