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Lianne Johnson, LPC, CCTP

Lianne Johnson serves as the Executive Director of Avenues Counseling. She received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri. Lianne is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and an approved facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich assessment.  Prior to beginning Avenues Counseling, she worked in various counseling settings which included private practice, Redeemer Counseling in NYC, the Center for Trauma Recovery and the Children’s Advocacy Center in St. Louis.

“I work with individuals, couples, and adolescents dealing with a myriad of issues and struggles such as anger, depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, separation/divorce, family struggles, boundaries, domestic violence, self-image and identity, grief recovery, trauma, abuse, and parenting.

I have a passion for caring for people and desire to walk with you as you seek change and healing in your life.  Life can feel overwhelming and hopeless at times, yet we are not meant to remain in these painful places.  I approach each individual I meet with, with dignity and kindness as you share your life story with me. I view each person as unique and approach the work I do in ways that honor your uniqueness.

Change, relational restoration, and personal growth are possible for you.”

If you would like to contact Lianne to hear more about the services at Avenues, or to inquire about having her speak at a retreat or training, please call 314-443-4069 or email her.CCTP

Lianne is an in-network insurance provider for:
United Behavioral Healthcare (now Optum)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
MHN (Managed Health Network)
TRICARE
HealthLink
Quest Behavioral Health
Magellan

 

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Jonathan Hart, LPC

Jonathan Hart serves as the Assistant Director of Avenues Counseling. He received his Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary and served as an Associate Pastor of Youth and Christian Education for several years before entering the counseling field professionally. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and Jonathan has completed Level 2 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

“I provide individual and couples counseling to adults and adolescents. I work with relationship issues of many kinds, including: family of origin issues, abuse and its after-effects, marriage and pre-marital counseling, communication, domestic abuse, controlling relationships, anger management, parenting, and men’s issues (sexuality/addiction, power/control, understanding women, father issues).

I love to engage with hurting people and to rediscover the hope in God’s grace that pain so often obscures. I focus on meeting people where they are in their life and struggle, and on walking with them through it. I have a wide range of experience with people from many walks of life. I have lived and worked in both urban and rural areas, in both blue- and white-collar circles, both as a civilian and in the military. This gives me a unique capacity to understand many different people and their experiences.
My counseling grows out of my Christian beliefs and my professional training and experience. I am also able to maintain a profound respect for the beliefs of my clients, no matter what their religious affiliation or lack thereof.”

Jonathan is an in-network insurance provider for:
United Behavioral Healthcare (now Optum)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
MHN (Managed Health Network)
TRICARE
Magellan
Healthlink


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Courtney Hollingsworth, LPC, EMDR Therapist

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Courtney serves as an Assistant Director at Avenues Counseling.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a Masters degree in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Baylor University. She has over a decade of counseling experience, prior to which she worked in ministry. She is a trained and approved EMDR therapist.

Courtney has experience with a range of issues including those relating to depression, grief and loss, anxiety, family of origin issues, abuse, anger, boundaries, controlling relationships, trauma, identity and self-image, coping with raising children with special needs, and relationship issues. She utilizes an integrative approach, incorporating a variety of therapeutic modalities, in order to tailor therapy to best fit each person’s needs. Courtney also specializes in counseling counselors, social workers, and others in the mental health field. Additionally, she is an approved Supervisor for licensure in the state of Missouri.

“Going through a difficult season in life? At the end of your rope? We all go through times of struggle, sometimes from present circumstances, sometimes from the lingering impact of our past. Facing our pain takes courage. It is my desire to for you to feel heard and understood, to find a safe place to honestly approach the pain in your life, and to find comfort and help in the midst of it.

There is hope. You do not have to be alone. Change is real and possible.”

Courtney is an in-network insurance provider for:

United Behavioral Health (now Optum)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
MHN (Managed Health Network)
TRICARE
Healthlink
Quest Behavioral Health
Magellan

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Mary Martha Abernathy, LPC, NCC

Mary Martha received her Masters in Counseling from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis and her BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University in Alabama. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and Board Certified through the National Board for Certified Counselors, providing individual, family, and group therapies. Mary Martha has worked in community mental health for over three years, supporting teens and families who are affected by severe and pervasive mental illnesses.

“At Avenues, I work with clients who struggle with crisis management, anxiety, self-image, self-injury, grief, and trauma. I also work with the parents and families of my clients whose lives are touched by the struggles of their loved one. My treatment style is holistic and integrative, approaching your issues in a way that meets you where you are and best serves your needs. Our best success will come through vulnerable and honest interpersonal therapy.

My desire is to walk alongside you in your journey toward healing and restoration. I work with pre-teens, adolescents, and adults, helping you face the challenges of daily life as well as the dark parts of your past.   Together we will discuss strategies that help create a life worth living and the ability to find hope. Our work is to help you find your own voice and your personal strengths that enable you to face the day well. There is every reason to have hope.”

Mary Martha is an in-network insurance provider for:
United Behavioral Healthcare (now Optum)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Quest Behavioral Health
Healthlink

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Confidential Voicemail: 314-669-1040
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Melinda Seley, LPC

Melinda is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri, with a Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary and a B.E. in Computer Engineering from Vanderbilt University. Prior to pursuing her passion of caring for hurting people via counseling, she worked for several years as a professional engineer.  Melinda also has experience as a therapist at an eating disorder treatment center. 

“I have experience working with a range of issues including those relating to eating disorders, body image, depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, grief and loss, family-of-origin issues, marital conflict, perfectionism, anger, and managing stress.

I care deeply about people and love the uniqueness of each of our stories, personalities, passions, and context of life.  We were made to be known and connected in relationship; however, fear, shame, and hurt often steal our joy and affect our relationship with ourselves, others, and God and we grasp to find ways to cope with disappointments, heartaches, loss, and stress.

I hope to give you a safe place to be known and that we, together, can work to find healing in and redemption of the really hard places in your life.  Change and growth can be hard and yet I firmly believe they are possible.  You are not alone and there is hope.  It would be a privilege for me to walk with you on your journey towards healing and wholeness.”



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Sam Bearer, PLPC

Sam serves as a PLPC on the Avenues Staff.  He received his Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary.  He provides individual, couples, and group counseling for various emotional and interpersonal issues such as anxiety, grief and loss, sexual brokenness, identity, and physical/spiritual reintegration.

“I seek to provide counseling to couples and individuals, both adults and adolescents. I work with interpersonal, relationship issues including: family of origin dynamics, trauma and maladaptive coping patterns, marriage and pre-marital counseling, improving communication skills, self-image and identity, managing anger, and men’s sexual addiction.

I love to engage others wherever they are on life’s journey, especially when they are experiencing emotional upheaval.  Pain and anger often make us question our own or another’s unique and indelible value.  I hope to help people understand and more deeply feel God’s grace and love.  I seek to help people cope well with grief and struggle.  My counseling is based on my client-centered approach, and group counseling experience, which is firmly grounded in Christian faith.  I also seek to maintain a profound respect for the beliefs of my clients, no matter what their personal values or religious worldview.”

Sam is currently supervised by Jonathan Hart, LPC (license #2008027389).

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Sam Egertson, PLPC

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Sam graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary with his Master of Arts in Counseling in St Louis, MO and obtained an undergraduate degree in Sociology at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, TN. Aside from counseling, Sam has worked with youth as a mentor, as well as in a corporate setting as a logistics coordinator in transportation at Sheer Logistics in St. Louis, MO.

Sam provides individual, couples, and group counseling. He works with both adults and adolescents struggling with interpersonal and emotional issues including; family of origin, marriage and family, sexual addiction, grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, anger, relational issues, as well as those who have experienced marginalization due to sexual orientation, race, and religious beliefs.
“I love to step into peoples’ worlds and care for them as they work to navigate what it means to regain power and rediscover their voice. Each individual I meet has a story that involves hardship and pain, but I strive to provide a safe space for clients that will foster hope and growth because we were designed for so much more. Through a corrective relational experience, I want my clients to walk away knowing that relationships can be authentic and that they have the skills to make a change in their own lives. Each person’s story is worth being told and I would feel honored to step into your story today.”

Sam is supervised by Lianne Johnson, LPC (license #2003031565)

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LaTonya Allen, CIT

latonya allenLaTonya Allen graduated with her Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Auburn Montgomery. Prior to her move to Saint Louis, she served the community as a Mentoring Specialist with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, as well as worked with children and families through her leadership with the YMCA.

While working with children and families is a passion, in recent years she has developed a passion for working with women through providing birth doula services. She has experienced the beauty and challenges of motherhood, personally and by working with women. This transitional moment in a woman’s life has fueled a desire to help women explore the various issues and transitional moments in life.

LaTonya supports clients as they explore identity and direction as they face crossroads/challenges. She helps clients develop strategies and skills to manage life stressors and transitions. She enjoys working with individuals and families, specifically women, children, and young adults.

“The reason I want to help people is because I feel like life presents many challenges and crossroads. Life oftentimes can be confusing and lonely, I want to be able to create a space where clients are free to explore and discover creative ways to engage with their specific circumstance or challenge.”

Latonya is supervised by Courtney Hollingsworth, LPC (license #2009036286)

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Confidential Voicemail: 314-884-0532
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Nevi Castro-Miller, Intern

Nevi is currently attending Covenant Theological Seminary to obtain her Master of Art in Counseling degree.  She is supervised during her internship by Lianne Johnson, LPC, CCTP.

Nevi works with adults and adolescents dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, body image, abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), relational issues and family dynamics.

 

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Confidential Voicemail:  636-556-0853

Email:  [email protected]