True North Counseling offers counseling services for individuals and families with children and adolescents in a relaxed atmosphere, with originality and honesty. Because each person and family is different, we start with a thorough assessment to understand who you are, how you became the person you are, what you value, and why you value it. With this we can better connect and get you to where you want to be. Ultimately, it is the relationship with the therapist that helps create change. We focus on the strengths you already possess to help move forward to finding solutions.
About True North
Each of us craves to be truly seen—for someone to give us their time, attention, and compassion as we share our real and raw selves. At True North Counseling, that’s what we offer in an intentionally comfortable, calm, and open space. There are no showy formalities—you can simply show up exactly as you are right now.
Our therapists are here for you in whatever season of life or situation you find yourself. We believe that therapy is built on relationships created through connection and trust. Our greatest desire is to aim you towards living a full life—cognitively, emotionally, and physically.
Sonya Slater, PsyD
“I am here to help you listen to the parts of yourself that may be hard for you to hear.”
For as long as I can remember people have fascinated me—their perceptions, coping strategies, and ways of engaging the world. What makes someone resilient and steadfast in their true self? What stories do we hide out of shame or fear? How do those things get in the way of living an authentic life? The answers to these questions are the things that define each of us so uniquely, and it is a privilege to help those I work with uncover them.
The most amazing part of my job is watching moments of transformation. People share their most personal stories in my office, and because of that, I witness their vulnerability and truest selves. It’s not enough for me to simply listen—I aim to really hear their experiences and the meaning placed on these defining moments. Being able to provide compassion and a sense of connection is the reason why this work is so meaningful to me. I strive to create space for all my clients to be authentically themselves, and I’m committed to showing up genuinely myself to each and every one of my sessions.
When starting True North Counseling, I wanted to establish a place where vulnerability and honesty were honored and where compassion and curiosity were keys to the therapeutic process. Those are the values this practice has been built on, and that’s what you can expect from your time here.
Kelly Callahan, LISW-S
“I’m both honored and humbled to play a part in so many people’s journeys towards improved health, happiness, and peace. It’s a privilege to be trusted to walk alongside people on their paths to something better.”
I’ve been told that when I was as young as five or six, I’d invite my friends over and ask them to get comfortable while I picked up a pencil, pad of paper, and said encouragingly, “Now tell me what’s bothering you . . . “It appears that on some level I’ve always known that this is what I am called to do.
One of my biggest goals for new clients is to immediately create a safe and supportive environment, encouraging open and honest dialogue. I’m happy at how often I hear clients express their surprise at their level of comfort and readiness to open up so quickly. I believe that most people don’t seek out therapy just to hear themselves talk, and so I take more collaborative and directive approaches to treatment—exploring new skills, coping mechanisms, and ways of both looking at and responding to stressful situations in your life. I genuinely want to hear what you think and how you feel, and I want you to leave each session knowing you have been offered practical tools that can help make a difference in your day-to-day life.
Sarah Gabric, LPCC-S
“I trust in the therapeutic process. I trust that we’re all growing and becoming ever more authentic expressions of ourselves—that this is, in fact, life’s prime directive.”
I became a clinical counselor over 15 years ago because I wanted to participate in walking the path of personal evolution alongside my clients. I love the “Ah-ha!” moments when someone sees themselves clearly with expanded insight and compassion.
I bring curiosity, integrity, and a desire for connection to each of my client sessions. I want to understand what you think, what you’ve experienced, what you value, and how you feel. Our time together provides a space to explore and experiment with perspectives. You are fascinating, complex, and nuanced—I want to understand what it’s like to be you!
As a gardener, beekeeper, and lover of nature, I appreciate the ways in which development and growth are in some respects governed by a predictable pace while in others nurtured by our efforts at enrichment. I think of the therapeutic relationship as an ideal, intentional environment focused wholly on supporting you in this process.
Mallory Smith, LPCC
“It takes courage to start the process of self-exploration, but I believe that you’ll discover that you’re more self-compassionate, empowered, and resilient than you imagine.”
My whole life I’ve been described as a listener, observer, and curious person. I’ve always been driven to see the whole picture and understand what drives a person to be who they are—their values, history, goals, and relationships. I found that I could use these strengths to help others feel truly seen and understood. For this reason, counseling has always been more than just a job to me, and it’s why I bring my whole self to every session.
Authenticity and genuine connection are a part of what makes therapy work. We all have a need to feel understood and connected. It is my hope that in my office you’ll feel no need for pretense or fear of judgement. My goal is for our sessions to be the place where you can feel free to be your truest self—whether you’re feeling like a mess, a work in progress, or your best self. Regardless, I will be ready to meet you as you are. During our time together, we will explore the things that you may choose to hide from the rest of the world, but we will also celebrate your successes. It’s my privilege to be the person that you trust to hold space for your pain, to witness your journey, and to walk alongside you as you grow.
Kristen - Office Manager
“My goal is to provide fundamental administrative support to both our patients and therapists—allowing each to focus on the significant work they’re doing together.”
I believe in the power of counseling to facilitate transformation. I love to read memoirs and listen to certain podcasts because I’m inspired by people’s stories and the way they overcome challenges. I’ve always appreciated the opportunity to interact with and learn from others who have the courage to open themselves up to the healing process.
I was drawn to this practice because of its unique and authentic environment. I appreciate that my job here invites me to show up as my whole self, integrating my strengths in operations with my values of connection and service. I am committed to assisting our patients and therapists by ensuring that our office runs smoothly and efficiently.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, we are on several insurance panels. Some of these include Aetna, Cigna, Medical Mutual, Choice Care, FirstHealth, HealthSmart, Ohio Healthy, Ohio Health Choice, and Stratose.
We are not in network with Anthem, UnitedHealthcare, or OSU (SHIP or Coresource). We do still see clients with these insurances using the out of network benefit.
We know insurance can be confusing, we encourage you to call your insurance company and ask about your coverage. In addition, we try to call before the first appointment to clarify that we are in network for your specific insurance and verify the coverage.
Yes. Generally, we have availability for an intake appointment within three weeks. Because the therapeutic relationship is an essential part of successful therapy, we match you with the therapist that will work best with your particular concerns. We take the time to building a strong relationship, to really get to know you, and how you became the person you are today.
The address of the office is 6209 Riverside Drive Suite 200 Dublin, Ohio 43017; however the physical location is on an access road that runs parallel to Riverside Drive. The turn in can be tricky and hard to spot; it is located south of the intersection of SR 161 and Riverside Drive in the Quarry Place Office Park.
Please note that navigation apps can have difficulty directing you to the office. It is helpful to search for the business name (True North Counseling Group). If you search for the address only it will direct you to a location on Riverside Drive where the office ‘should’ be and not to the actual building.
The turn into the Quarry Place Office Park is just south of the traffic circle at 161 and Riverside Drive. This entrance also serves as the entrance for the Dublin Kiwanis Riverway Park. After you turn onto the wooded drive, follow it to the end of the long parking lot. There are seven buildings and we are on the second floor of the last building. Please note, we do not have an elevator.
We see clients between 10am and 6pm Monday through Thursday. We do offer times on Fridays by appointment only.
The office manager is in the office between 10am and 4pm Monday through Thursday.