Haven Counseling

Christ's Church is blessed to have Haven Counseling Center on our campus. Haven is dedicated to Biblically based, affordable counseling from a Christian perspective to help individuals and families. Our counselors, who maintain clear values in faith, work hard to provide appropriate, timely and cost effective treatment to meet the unique needs of each person.


Jesus Christ – and His revelation in the Old and New Testament of the Bible, as the inspired Word of God – is the preeminent model for Haven’s counseling practice, ethics, caregiving activities and the final authority for all matters about which it speaks. Haven Counseling offers help with a wide variety of personal and family issues; substance abuse, marital conflicts, divorce/blended family issues, grief, loss and separation issues, behavioral problems, addictive behavior, childhood abuse, family conflicts, depression, issues of spirituality, identity issues.
In addition to individual counseling, during the school year, classes, support groups and Bible studies are offered at various times in order to give opportunities for learning and for applying the truths of the Bible. These classes cover a range of topics including grief, pre-marital classes, divorce recovery, parenting, recovery from addictions, marriage and family classes. Whether a Bible study, a class about spiritual disciplines, or a support group for finding freedom from pain and suffering, there is always a chance for connection and growth.


Pre-Marital Counseling

Marriage is important to us at Christ Church and we welcome the opportunity to partner with you in marriage preparation. Pre-marriage counseling is available for couples who wish to marry at CCO or use one of our ministers.   Our desire is to help you develop tools that will increase your ability to serve and love each other for a lifetime.
Our premarital counseling utilizes an on-line “SYMBIS – Pre-Marriage Assessment” to facilitate in the counseling sessions. The SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) covers strategic areas such as: Marriage Expectations – Communication – Finances – Love Style – Conflict Resolution – Spiritual Dynamics.
If you wish to have your wedding at Christ’s Church, contact Jill Head and she will speak with you regarding booking a wedding and send you guidelines and requirements for church building use.
For further information regarding Premarital counseling, contact Haven Counseling at 417-673-0090.

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Galatians is a contentious and dramatic letter written to churches struggling to know what’s true. The Gospel is being challenged and changed, but Paul fights to preserve the true Gospel and what it produces.This class will meet in-person and videos will also be released on Wednesdays in June and July on Facebook, RightNow Media and the Christ’s Church YouTube channel. A podcast of this class will also be available.

  • Taught by Elijah Dally, Drake Holderman, Tyler Davison
  • Sunday Morning at 9:15, begins June 6
  • Class Length: 7 weeks
  • Book Cost: None

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Healing Hearts For Women

Healing Hearts is a confidential group experience that looks at women’s wounds originating from childhood that have affected past and present relationships. These may include issues of emotional abuse, which includes neglect or abandonment, and physical or sexual abuse. The group is designed to start you on the journey of recovery, forgiveness, redemption, healing and wholeness. Healing Hearts meets Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00pm. There is limited availability. Contact Cindy at Haven Counseling, 417-673-0090 for exact dates and to be placed on a list.

  • Tuesday Nights
  • Group Length: 12 weeks
  • Book Cost: $20

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Redemption Recovery Group

This is open to those dealing with drug and alcohol addiction, anger management, food addictions, sexual addictions, and relationship addictions. Friends and family of the recovery person are welcome to attend. The Recovery Program is built on the Bible and the 12 Steps of AA. They meet on Tuesday evenings, year round, at 6:30pm. For more information contact Cindy at Haven Counseling 417-673-0090.

  • Led by Dennis Hounshell and Lay Leaders
  • Tuesday at 6:30pm, year round
  • Book Cost: None

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While We’re Waiting

When a parent loses a child, you are faced with the reality of many years ahead of you before you are reunited with that child in Heaven. As you face those seemingly interminable years, we have some choices to make… Are you going to abandon or apply your faith? Are you going to allow grief to make you bitter, or allow God to use grief to make you better?

These, and many more questions, are discussed at the While We’re Waiting support groups. Here you’ll find other parents who have gone through the same life-altering moment of losing a child. Here you’ll find others who have found hope on the other side.

  • Led by Ward and Tanya Thomas
  • The first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm, year round

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Office Hours

Monday: 9am – 8pm
Tuesday: 9am – 5pm
Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
Thursday: 9am – 5pm


You can schedule appointments
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Meet Our Counselors


Dennis Hounshell

Director / Counselor

Dennis Hounshell is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Director of Haven Counseling. Dennis received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Johnson University in Knoxville, TN. Dennis is an ordained minister having focused on family ministry and brings a unique, multi-faceted perspective to counseling. Dennis teaches marriage and pre-marital classes as well as serving as leader and facilitator for the Redemption Recovery program.

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Naomi Hunter


Naomi Hunter is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Missouri Southern State University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Pittsburg State University. Naomi brings thirty years of counseling experience working in mental health agencies and private practice; the past ten years served in faith-based Counseling. Naomi is Court Certified in Mediation and holds EMDR Trauma Certification. Naomi professes that “God’s Authority in scripture is the foundation from which all therapies are considered”.

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Kathi Smith


Kathi Smith is one of our Biblical Counselors, as well as a Discipleship Minister. With a focus to walk with women through the challenges of life, Kathi helps others access the reality of Christ’s presence in the midst of trials.  Kathi is part of the One Another leadership team, teaching and equipping God’s people to come alongside others.    Kathi and her husband Mike have called Christ’s Church ‘home’ since 2008. They celebrated 30 years of marriage in 2020 and are the proud parents of 3 adult children; Tori, Madison, and Noah.  Kathi holds a “Certificate of Biblical Counseling” through Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation.

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Robert Stevens


Robert Stevens is a Certified Biblical Counselor with the IABC and is currently woking toward certification in addiction counseling. Robert is passionate about seeing God’s redemptive work in people’s lives through heart change bringing a sustaining hope that comes from Jesus Christ to those who are hurting and seeking help.

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