OUR APPROACH

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.

OPEN ARMS COUNSELING®

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COUNSELORS

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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."

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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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Mia Lachner, MS.Ed, LPC

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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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.

John Serbu

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, but PTSD/trauma has been my specialty. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is the evidence-based therapy I am trained in and offer to clients.

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Jooyoung Kim, MA, 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!

Danielle Harrison

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.
Lanaya McDonald

Lanaya McDonald, MA, LPC

We all have struggles in life. If you are looking for someone to meet you where you are and assist you in finding peace and comfort then give me a call.  I will work with you through the good and the bad and ensure a listening and compassionate ear.  I am a native of Toledo, Ohio, and a Veteran, with a very diverse background. As a veteran I know family as well as service members need help so working with Veterans and their families is one of my passions.   I believe in a holistic approach to mental health and wellness.  I have also done extensive work in the field of drug and alcohol treatment and realize that addiction is real and often affects families for generations.  If you are unsure where to go or where to turn take the first step and schedule an appointment.  I’ll be there to listen.

Ellen Davis

Ellen Davis, MA, LPC

Ellen is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Ohio. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2018 and Bachelor’s degree in Music with a minor in Psychology in 2012 – both from the University of Dayton. Ellen has worked in various settings prior to joining Open Arms Counseling®, including community mental health, a domestic violence shelter, sexual assault helpline, private practice, and a university counseling center. Through these experiences, Ellen has been able to follow her passion of supporting clients in their journey of healing, growth, and recovery.

In therapy, Ellen specializes in treating adolescent and adult clients who struggle with trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction, grief, and phase of life concerns. Ellen is trained in and enjoys providing competent and affirming services to members of the LGBTQ+ community. She works to create an empowering, nonjudgmental space for all clients to promote emotional, physical, and spiritual healing.

 

Sarah Hurst-Pelfrey

Sarah Hurst-Pelfrey, MA, LPC

Are you struggling through life and need someone to come along side you in your journey? Whether it be anxiety, depression, stress, addiction, trauma or just adjusting to life circumstances, I am here to help. I am dedicated to helping adults, adolescents and children find hope and peace in their lives.  I work hard to meet my clients where they are on their journey to encourage, identify strengths, and improve coping skills.
Utilizing a holistic approach of focusing on the whole person: biological, psychological, social, and spiritual to help you achieve complete wellness. The use of different treatment modalities will assist you in reaching your goals and gaining the tools and skills to be successful.

INTERNS

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.

Timothy Wallace

Timothy Wallace, MA, CT

Tim is a Counseling Trainee at Open Arms. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University and his Master's degree in Psychology from Capella University. He is currently working towards a dual-track focused on a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Doctorate in Sport and Performance Psychology.

Next Steps...

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