Our Story

Open Arms Counseling®, LLC began January of 2014 out of a need in the community.  It was found that a number of people in the area did not seek the help that they wanted because they had felt uncomfortable about being accepted for who they were.  The founders set out to create a space that was safe and comfortable for both clients and the counselors who worked there.  That is when Open Arms Counseling® was born.  After all, to find healing you need to feel free to be you.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the highest quality care to serve our diverse communities with respect to their spiritual, cultural, and individual differences. We do this through welcoming, professional counselors, utilizing proven therapy interventions to help clients achieve their goals and to encourage them to gain individual growth.






Ann Hurst, MACPC, LPCC-S

Whether you are dealing with trauma past or present or if you are going through life transitions there is a counselor at Open Arms Counseling® that can help you find the way to healing and clarity.

If you would like someone to work with you to heal the wounds life sometimes brings our way then please contact Open Arms Counseling® for an appointment

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Patrick Mettle, MA, LPCC-S

Do you feel like you are not being heard? Do you feel overwhelmed or stuck? If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, addiction issues, or find yourself in a season of life that is causing you pain, I can help. By working together, we can partner on a journey that can help you achieve your therapy goals.


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Monica Marcotte, MA, LPCC

"Life can change in a blink of an eye.  If you're feeling sad, overwhelmed, stressed out, or finding difficulty managing day to day life, let's work together for you to feel heard and seen. By working together in a comfortable and collaborative manner, we will identify goals and objectives to assist you in coping, managing mood, and creating positive change in life. By implementing treatment modalities that focus on identifying and managing thoughts, feelings, and behavior, we will work towards an overall healthy and positive wellbeing."


Kennedie Burston, LPC

Do you ever feel anxious, lonely, lost, or like no one is hearing you? I provide a warm and welcoming environment and will walk alongside you in your journey. Using active listening I will meet you where you are and encourage you in the process of becoming the healthiest version of yourself. I am experienced in working with youth and adults dealing with stress, learning coping skills, and communication.

A Columbus native, I enjoy movies from the 90’s, cotton candy ice cream, and laughing with my family. I received my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and am practicing under the supervision of Patrick Mettle, LPCC-S.


Theresa Pryor, MA, LPC

Are you struggling with feeling hopeless, overwhelmed, anxious, depressed or misunderstood? I have compassion for those who have been rejected and outcast, and my aim is to be an instrument to help restore hope, healing and wholeness. I will meet you where you are and utilize your strengths to help empower you along your journey. I offer a Christ-centered approach for those who desire it in their treatment, and I utilize an eclectic framework to develop an individualized plan to help you reach your therapy goals.

I obtained a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Otterbein University. I have received training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels 1 & 2, and Breakthrough Biblical Counseling.

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Mia Lachner, MS.Ed, LPCC

Do you ever feel stressed out, angry, or sad? Do you feel like no one understands what you are going through? My office is a safe and welcoming environment where you feel heard and understood. I utilize a holistic approach to counseling by incorporating the biological, mental, social, and spiritual parts of your life. Together we can create goals based on the strengths you currently possess that will lead to growth and change in your life.

I grew up in Vermilion, OH, right by Lake Erie and graduated from the University of Dayton. I have been trained in Level 1 and 2 of Gottman’s Method Couples therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness-based techniques.


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Jooyoung Kim, M.Ed, LPC

I understand life can be difficult and you feel overwhelmed by a lot of emotional experiences. I am here to help you process life challenges and work as a team with and for you to develop coping skills and create a safe place within you. I use eclectic approaches in order to meet individuals’ different needs as well as look at various aspects of life. I also welcome those with diverse cultural backgrounds, such as international students, LGBTQ+ individuals, adoptees, etc. FYI, I have a very cute sassy dog, and two adorable tabby cats. I have pictures of them in my office. Come see them!

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Jennel Okotah, LPC

Anxious, depressed, stressed out, feeling lonely? I offer a safe environment to process these feelings and work with my clients using evidence based treatment modalities while tapping into individual strengths to help alleviate these stressors. With my diverse background in my personal and professional life, I will work hand in hand with you and meet you where you are.

I am originally from Ghana, located in West Africa but have lived in Columbus/Toledo Ohio for over a decade now. I primarily work with adults and work with a variety of mental health concerns.


Asha Melton, MA, LPC

Stressed out, angry, anxious, depressed, or just want to vent? I can offer a welcoming and safe environment where you feel heard, supported and empowered. I am an active listener who will inspire, encourage and reinforce positivity to help you maintain a healthier you. I will work alongside you through mindfulness, and other suitable techniques to help you meet your personal goals.  My love is my family, my weakness is chocolate, my inspiration is my husband, my passion is my work, and my interest is in helping you!


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Danielle Harrison, LPC

Do you feel alone, don't feel like you're understood, or just need someone to vent to? I can provide a warm, welcoming, and safe space where you feel understood and heard. I am an active listener who will help guide you through your troubles in life and get you back on track.
I am a resident of Marysville and enjoy my spare time at home with my husband, two dogs, accompanied by movies and video games.
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John Serbu, MA, LPC

Do you experience nightmares, have flashbacks, sometimes get out of control with anger, suffer with grief, anxiety or depression? My lifetime of personal experiences help me to be present for each client and their unique circumstances. I will not judge you. I will simply try to understand where you are in life and help you take the next step. Most mental health concerns are within the scope of my practice, with PTSD/trauma being my specialty. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is the evidence-based therapy I am trained in and offer to clients.


Emily Bingham

Emily Bingham, CT

We all have difficult experiences and changes during our lifetime. Sometimes you can feel lost, lonely, or misunderstood.  Let's work together to find a solution in a safe healing environment. Together we can create goals for coping, overcoming, and growing into the best possible version of yourself.  I graduated from Capital University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Therapy. Currently I am studying for my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Edinboro University. I am working under the supervision of Patrick Mettle, LPCC-S. I have experience working with children and adolescents. My passion is to incorporate holistic healing and interventions  with your best interest in mind. I work to understand mindfulness and self-awareness and to improve focus on individual strengths.

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Aurie Solanum, MA, CT

Sometimes we move through the world feeling like we say so much but nobody is truly hearing us. My goal in counseling is to hear and understand your perspective, challenges, and worldview. It is through that lens that we can work together to build skills that will enhance your natural strengths. I incorporate compassion, empathy, mindfulness, and balance as the key tenets of my perspective toward therapy.

I am currently studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wright State University, after graduating from the university in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies. I am excited to gain experience in working with clients from all walks of life, and my areas of special interest are working through challenges related to gender and sexual identities, trauma, anxiety, depression, and living as an autistic adult.

Next Steps...

Contact us now to schedule an appointment.  We look forward to working with you.