Our Story

Open Arms Counseling, LLC began January of 2014 out of a need in the community.  The founder had met a number of people who 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 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.


Meet the Team


Ann Hurst, MACPC, LPCC-S

Founder & CEO

Whether you are dealing with trauma past or present or if you are going through life transitions there is a counselor at Open Arms 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

Jenna Moran

Jenna Moran, MA, LPCC, LCDCIII

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor

Your life story is full of successes and struggles, pain and joy, and we can work together to create a life that has meaning and that you’re proud of. I have experience in mental health and substance abuse counseling in all types of settings. I will provide a safe space of acceptance for you to figure out who you are and who you want to be, without pressure or judgement. Through your courage, hard work, and vulnerability you can reach your treatment goals. We can work together for you to realize your inner strength, find your voice, and reach your full potential. You are worthy of happiness and fulfillment. I hope I get the privilege to hear your story and be part of your healing process.


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!


Makenzie Ross

Makenzie Ross, CT

Counselor in Training

Makenzie desires to serve others by creating a safe and positive environment where everyone has a place at the table.  Her goal is to ensure that every person knows their worth and can feel welcome to be exactly who they are.  


Makenzie resides in Dublin.  She enjoys all sporting events related to Ohio State as well as watching the Columbus Blue Jackets.  She also enjoys musical theater and enjoys being a Columbus Broadway season ticket holder.


Makenzie is a Counselor Trainee currently enrolled in the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Master's program at Wright State University.  He practices under the supervision of Ann Hurt, LPCC-S.  


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Patrick Mettle, MA, LPCC


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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Kelley Smith, MA, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

If you are looking for a safe, therapeutic environment for individuals, couples, and families to heal from trauma, grief, and loss Kelley is the counselor for you. She specializes in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, depression, anger, self-esteem, women’s empowerment, LGBTQIA+ issues, family/ relational difficulties, and stress management. She has completed level 1 training from the Gottman Institute in couples counseling.

Kelley’s therapeutic style is integrative and client-centered, drawing from a wide range of disciplines including, play therapy, and mindfulness approaches.  She has a “be with” connection to clients and joins them on their personal healing journey.


Ryan Z

Ryan Zeigler, CT

Counselor in Training

Ryan aims to create and foster relationships with his clients where their whole selves can feel heard, understood, and valued.  It is his hope that through a space of safety and acceptance, clients will be able to connect with themselves to find healing and growth in their lives.

Ryan is a Counselor Trainee currently enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program at Wright State University.  He practices under the supervision of Ann Hurst, LPCC-S.

Ryan lives in Clintonville with his spouse and their cat.

Carolyn Newcomb

Carolyn Newcomb, CT

Counselor in Training

Do you feel lost and alone and like no one understands?  Carolyn meets people where they are, comes along side them to identify goals for the future and a plan to reach them.

Carolyn is a resident of Columbus where she lives with her children, dog, and cat.  She is a counselor trainee currently enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters’ program at Walden University.  She practices under the supervision of Ann Hurst, LPCC-S.


BethAnne Swick, LPCC-S

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Are you feeling as if life has you going in all directions except the one you want to be going? Whatever direction life has taken you, whether it be trauma, depression, anxiety, anger, grief, relationships, sexuality, or self-confidence, my door is open to prove a safe place for you to begin your journey.  I provide a wide variety of therapeutic interventions tailored to individuals needs. Together we will get you going in the direction you want to travel down life’s road.


Porsha Anderson

Administrative Assistant

Most likely Porsha will be the first contact you have with this office.  Her positive attitude is infectious.  She is available to set up appointments and help you with  any questions you may have.



Mehri Davis, MEd., LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Mehri has dedicated her life to working with underserved populations. Prior to joining Open Arms, Mehri opened an art studio run by artists with disabilities and consulted with many different day programs for adults with disabilities, encouraging therapeutic and creative programming. Mehri’s groups and individual counseling sessions are strength-based, challenging, and creative. In sessions, one will often hear Mehri say, ‘this is your story’, showing her dedication to the individual. Mehri is an artist and advocate for all, grew up in Upper Arlington, and has lived in Ohio for most of her life.

Next Steps...

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