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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 has earned the designation of CCTP (Certified Clinical Trauma Professional).

“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, premarital, 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.

Lianne is an in-network insurance provider for:
United Behavioral Healthcare (now Optum)
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Quest Behavioral Health
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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
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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 in the state of Missouri, with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Baylor University. She has worked with adults, adolescents, and children a variety of therapeutic, education, and ministry roles.

She has experience with a range of issues including those relating to depression, grief and loss, anxiety, family of origin issues, abuse, anger, boundaries, identity and self-image, coping with raising children with special needs, and relationship issues.

“Going through a difficult season in life? At the end of your rope? Feel like nothing you try helps? We all go through times of struggling and pain, sometimes from our present circumstances, sometimes from the lingering impact of our past. I believe that hope for healing and change is possible for each one of us.

It is my desire to for you to feel truly heard and understood. I want to meet you where you are and walk with you in your pain, hurt, anger, sadness, grief, loss, stress or anxiety. My hope is that you might find a safe place to honestly approach the pain in your life, and to find comfort and help in the midst of it.

By growing in our self-awareness and risking to change the ways we live our lives, we can live more fully, more wholly, as the unique person God created us, and the life story that is only ours. I have a passion for walking with people from all walks of life in the midst of their pain. 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)
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Quest Behavioral Health
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Frank Theus, LPC, NCC

Frank received his Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary after retiring from a diverse and full career in the U.S. Foreign Service and serving overseas in the U.S. Army. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri, having counseled individuals and couples from a variety of backgrounds in church and private office settings. He is currently a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist Candidate (CSAT®) and has several years’ experience leading support groups for men emerging out of sexual brokenness.

“I can help if you are struggling with internet porn or sex addiction, coping with trauma, if you are an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, suffering from anxiety, concerned about sleeplessness and fatigue, longing for closer relationships, experiencing depression and grief, chronic pain, and desiring intimacy in all of your relationships. I will collaborate with you to identify the impact of your life’s experiences on your current sense of well-being. You will find a safe place to discover who you are in relationship to yourself, others, and God – in the hope that there is substantial healing for your relationships among family, friends, and workmates.

As an addiction specialist, I use assessment tools that help with diagnosing sexual and relational addictions, provide proven treatment plans, and encourage active participation in a variety of 12-step recovery programs where indicated.

People from all walks of life can suffer trauma, abuse and identity issues. My previous work experience in private industry and federal law enforcement, including eight years overseas, makes me particularly sensitive to people who feel isolated or wonder where to turn for help. I have a proven track record of helping clergy, veterans, law enforcement professionals, emergency responders and their families.

Personally coming from a biblical perspective, I use sound counseling techniques and theories to help you work through transitions, emotions, and questions about life and spirituality. And, I treat all clients with dignity regardless of faith background in order to help hurting people grow and change.”

Frank is an in-network insurance provider for:
United Behavioral Healthcare (now Optum)
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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
Email: MaryMartha@avenuescounselingcenter.org


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Melinda Seley, PLPC

Melinda is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri, with a M.A. 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 for 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.”

Melinda is currently supervised by Lianne Johnson, LPC, CCTP (license # 2003031565).




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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, Intern

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Sam is currently in the Master of Arts in Counseling program through Covenant Theological Seminary.  He is supervised by a Licensed Professional Counselor while seeing clients.

Sam provides individual and couples counseling for grief and loss, trauma, abuse (emotional/physical/sexual), relationship issues, family dynamics, identity/self image, and spiritual struggles.  Sam works with both adults and adolescents.  

“The world we live in is more complex than we would like to admit as we experience both beauty and pain. My hope is to meet with you wherever you are in your story and walk alongside you. I would be honored to help navigate your story to see both the beauty and glory of this world amidst the pain and hardship.”