About Northwest Counseling and Guidance Clinic

In 1994, Northwest Counseling and Guidance Clinic developed its first children’s mental health day treatment program. Since that time, the organization has stayed true to its belief in children, staff, and quality programs.


A Vision of Hope

The guiding vision for NWCGC was of a system that provided a continuum of mental health treatment programs in communities throughout Wisconsin. Great strides have been made toward the realization of that vision with the creation of multiple programs offering services to a diverse population over a large geographic area.

Northwest Journey

Northwest Journey provides children’s mental health day treatment. Our sites serve over 200 children and families daily in 12 communities throughout Wisconsin. We also provide virtual programming options for clients. The first program was started in 1994, and at the time, represented the first full-day day treatment program in the state. It is the goal of the staff of each Northwest Journey facility to play a valued role in the larger mental health treatment network within the community in which they function.

Northwest Connections

Northwest Connections includes telephone and mobile services for persons experiencing a crisis within contracting counties. NWCGC began providing this service in 2000 but further developed the services in January of 2005.

Northwest Directions

Northwest Directions is an outpatient mental health service that provides therapy for clients in a one-on-one, or family setting. 
Northwest Directions began providing services in 1994.

Northwest Community Partners

Northwest Community Partners provides mentoring, respite, and daily living skills' education for individuals in several Wisconsin counties. Operating since 2011, these programs have continued to grow.

Building Strength. Finding Hope. Guiding Forward.

Our Team

Our team of behavioral health professionals is committed to helping you and your family thrive with individualized counseling and treatment plans.

Amy Elmer - Amery DT

Amy Elmer

Program Director

Andrea Peltier Appleton DT

Andrea Peltier

Program Director

Jen Steinke Black River Falls Day Treatment

Jen Steinke

Program Director


Gabrielle Albers

Program Director


Steve Naglosky

Program Director

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Michaela Habberley

Program Director

Kayla Ziemba - Rhinelander DT

Kayla Ziemba

Program Director


Chris Flottum

Program Director

Cassie Berding Stevens Point DT

Cassie Berding

Program Director

Gina Perfettie Superior DT

Gina Perfetti

Program Director

Amber Korb Wausau DT

Amber Korb

Program Director

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Ashley Johnson

Program Director


Katie Werren

Program Director

We’re hiring!

Make a difference in someone’s life. We have a variety of clinical and non-clinical positions available and each one is valuable and important to the mission of NWCGC.