Dr. Philip M. Sutton, Ph.D., LMFT, LCSW


Since 2000, I have offered therapy, counseling and other professional care to persons dealing with a variety of personal and interpersonal concerns. These may include: depression, stress, anxiety, anger, grief, compulsive sexual behaviors, unwanted sexual minority feelings, behaviors or identity, unresolved  family of origin difficulties, and relationship concerns as a couple, spouse, parent, minor or adult child, and family. When appropriate, I encourage clients to use spirituality, religious practice and faith resources in the achievement of their personal and interpersonal goals.

I earned a B.A. degree (1973) in Philosophy from University of Notre Dame, a M.S. (1980) in the Clinical Psychology Program at Purdue University, and a Ph.D. (1983) in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Purdue. In Indiana, I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). In Michigan I am a Licensed Psychologist (LP). I have over 30 years of professional experience. In addition to my private practice work at the Stress Recovery Center,  I have served at the Center(ed) on Wellness – formerly the Samaritan Center of Southwestern Michigan – in Benton Harbor since 1993. From 2006 – 2015, I served professionally, part-time, at Sacred Hearth Major Seminary in Detroit.

I  was the inaugural director of the M.A. in Counseling Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio and taught briefly at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia.  I also have taught undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University at South Bend, and the College (now University) of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.  I have written and spoken about topics related to human sexuality, marriage, family life, fatherhood, and the integration of the psychological arts and sciences with spirituality and religious practice.

I have been married since 1974, and my wife and I have been blessed with four children and (so far) seven grandchildren. As my wife is one of nine siblings and I’m one of eight, together we have over sixty nieces and nephews and a growing number of great nieces and nephews!


Call me at 574-213-9413 if you have any questions – I’m happy to help.