About Us

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Avail Services, LLC is a mental health organization based in Birmingham, Alabama dedicated to helping clients find the help they need and to providing mental health professionals with the tools and resources to meet the needs of their clients efficiently and with the passion and dedication their clients deserve.

We strive to make it as easy as possible to assist people with mental health, relationship, and sexuality/gender needs in finding a counselor or social worker who is knowledgeable and caring. Our goal is to provide mental health professionals with the ability to effectively manage their administrative tasks and practice needs so they can devote attention to their clients and balance their own lives. We know it can be difficult to manage all of the needs and duties involved in owning a private practice and we want to help.

Avail promotes healthy client-counselor relationships by emphasizing that mental health professionals should always make clients their priority while encouraging professionals to be accepting and supportive of all people regardless of skin color, gender, sexuality, and personal situation. We strive to create a mental health community in which all clients feel welcome, equal, and respected regardless of their ethnicity, beliefs, sexuality, and socioeconomic status.

Avail accepts Medicaid for ages 20 and under, BCBS of Alabama, TRICARE, American Behavioral, Behavioral Health Systems, and Cigna. We provide competitive sliding fee schedules to ensure equal access to our services. We provide in-office and telecounseling sessions for your convenience within the state of Alabama. Limited evening and weekend appointments available upon request.

Our team of counselors provides in-office sessions in:

  • Birmingham
  • Calera
  • Anniston
  • Gadsden
  • Oxford
  • Cottondale
  • Huntsville

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Brett Willis, MBA
Owner, Director of Operations

Brett has worked with families for eight years providing training and education in parenting and communication skills to promote productive interactions and healthy habits in families. He utilizes goal-focused coaching to provide solutions that help families realize positive change for better relationships. He helps families work through children’s behavioral issues such as defiance, disrespect, responsibility avoidance, aggression, and emotional outbursts. He assists parents in establishing effective family values and practices which allow them to lead their families with strength, consistency, and harmony. Brett also works with couples to improve their communication skills in existing marriages and helps couples prepare to take their marriage vows using the Prepare/Enrich assessment. Brett has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Work and a Master’s in Business Administration, all from the University of Montevallo.

Samantha Willis, M.Ed., LPC, NCC
Owner, Counselor

Resumé/CV

Samantha earned a Master’s of Education in Counseling and Guidance with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Montevallo. She also earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Social Work with a Minor in Philosophy and Religion from the University of Montevallo. Samantha is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and Registered Play Therapist. Samantha has a certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Samantha is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA), and the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama (ALGBTICAL).

Samantha has worked in various settings addressing issues including: child and adult sexual and physical abuse, traumatic grief, domestic violence, trauma, bullying, life transitions, interpersonal conflict, depression, anxiety, grief, stress management, anger, self-harming behaviors, and severe mental illness. She is LGBTQ+ affirming and will write hormone replace therapy (HRT) letters for transgender clients. She utilizes peer-reviewed and evidenced-based therapeutic techniques in her practice such as play therapy, sand tray therapy, and art therapy. Samantha is a Body-Brain sand tray specialist and uses the techniques with all ages.

As a counselor, Samantha helps address the biopsychosocial needs of child, adolescent, and adult clients by providing them with knowledge and skill sets to help process life situations and work toward their personal goals. She helps individuals and families manage distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors which may include working to enhance safety, improving parenting skills, meeting life goals, improving trauma symptoms, and strengthening family communication skills. Samantha works within an eclectic, person-centered, existential, multicultural, solution-focused, feminist, trauma-focused, and cognitive behavioral framework in order to serve clients most effectively.