You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
— Maya Angelou

A New Partnership

North Star Counseling Center (NSCC) is owned and operated by clinical psychologist Dr. Abbey Aslanian and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Tracey Richter. They established their professional relationship working together over the years as part of a larger clinical team in one of the area's leading teaching hospitals. There, they provide behavioral health treatment to adults ages 18 and up with complex and acute needs at an intensive outpatient level of care. Now, Tracey and Abbey are taking what feels like a natural next step by using their years of work together to inform treatment in an outpatient setting.

Our Mission

NSCC provides evidence-based, high-quality therapy to adults individually, in couples, and as families. Our mission is to provide services that are as challenging as they are supportive, and to ensure that you walk away with a better understanding of yourself.


  • Individual, couples, and family therapy

  • Thorough intake assessment during your first session to assist in evaluating your goals and needs

  • Skills-based psycho-education to address deficits in coping skills, sleep hygiene, healthy balance, etc.

  • Recommendations and assistance finding referrals as necessary when additional support or medication seems warranted

  • A solid foundation in evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, indicated as a first-line intervention for depression, anxiety, and many other mental heath concerns.

  • A free 15-20 minute phone consultation prior to scheduling your initial appointment — contact us to find out more!

Treatment Philosophy at NSCC

Treatment at NSCC is grounded in a cognitive-behavioral framework. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is evidence-based, and a well-established treatment for anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug use problems, trauma, marital problems, sleep & pain issues, and many others. Tracey and Abbey deliver CBT interventions in a compassionate, empathetic manner to best help you address your current barriers, whatever you perceive them to be.