Highland Counseling Center

Highland Counseling Center is a professional counseling practice and a Church-based ministry. Our counselors/therapists are local professionals who collaborate with us to provide exceptional care at a convenient location and an affordable price. Each counselor has a Master’s Degree in the field of Marriage & Family Therapy and is either fully licensed or provisionally licensed as a counselor in the state of Texas. Many of our practitioners have other practice locations but agree to meet with our referrals at 238 Sayles Boulevard. It is our goal to create the most effective therapeutic relationship by choosing the particular professional(s) within the practice that will best meet each individual client’s needs.

While the counselors at Highland Counseling Center may have different approaches to treatment, utilizing a variety of techniques, theories and interventions, they all share in their belief in Jesus Christ as our Savior. Our belief that all healing counsel flows through Christ is the overriding influence of our counseling ministry. We believe in a holistic approach and the importance of psychological, emotional, relational, spiritual, and physical health and healing. It is not essential that you share your counselor’s Christian faith, but you have the right to know that their value assumptions are rooted in their faith and influenced by their experiences. We encourage you to discuss with your counselor his or her background and training before your proceed with counseling to ensure you are comfortable and confident in him or her.


The Highland Counseling Center offers individual and family therapy for a range of needs, including:

• Pre-Marital Counseling

• Marriage Counseling

• Family Therapy

• Divorce Recovery and Adjustment

• Substance Abuse

• Sexual Abuse and Trauma

• Grief Counseling

• Anxiety

• Depression



238 Sayles Boulevard  |  Abilene, TX 79605



Ministry Hours:


Ministry Leaders:

Gretchen Etheredge, M.MFT, LMFT

Director of Highland Counseling Center

is a graduate of ACU’s Marriage and Family Therapy program (an AAMFT approved program). She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Board Approved Supervisor in the state of Texas.  She is a clinical fellow and supervisor candidate in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT).  Gretchen’s areas of special interest include emotional wounds associated with traumatic situations or past relationships and identity exploration.  She uses a client-centered, systemic approach and has worked with individuals, couples and families struggling with a variety of difficulties, including: Marital and Family stress; Stage of life adjustment; Depression; Loneliness; Sexual abuse issues; and Spiritual issues.

Gretchen and her husband, Jim, have been married for 23 years and have two children.  They have been active members at Highland Church of Christ since 2002.  Gretchen is also on the Board for King David’s Kids, a local ministry for developmentally delayed children and their families.  

Kurt Boyland, M.MFT, LMFT-S, LPC-S

Kurt is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a licensed professional counselor. He is a Board Approved Supervisor in the State of Texas and an approved Supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Kurt and his wife, Michelle have 3 children and have been members of Highland Church of Christ since 2002.  Kurt’s life and practice are shaped by his belief that Jesus is Lord and He forgives all our sin, heals all our diseases, and is the Giver of all good things.

Steve Eller, M.MFT, LPC


Steve Eller is a Licensed Professional Counselor (TX#64845) who graduated from Abilene Christian University’s Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s program. He has been practicing in Abilene over eight years. Steve is a member of the American Counseling Association and has been a certified Equine Assisted Counselor with EAGALA since 2009. He has utilized the unique interaction with horses to provide counseling and learning with children, students, families, active duty service members & their families, veterans, and individuals. Steve has been involved with the Lone Survivor Foundation, offering equine assisted learning to families and individuals living with symptoms related to PTS and mTBI. He has also facilitated and organized grief support groups and values the importance of authentic presence with people in their sorrows and celebrating in their joys.

Steve has been living with Type 1 Diabetes for over 30 years, and most recently has completed his 17th half marathon. He believes there are many parts and components of our created self, and the value in giving each part a voice to assist in healing the grief, loss, and conflicts we face.
His special interests include grief & loss, living with chronic illness, military families, and relationships.
Steve and Jennifer have been married for 20 years and have three children (15,13, 11). He enjoys playing the guitar, being with his family, and watching Barnwood Builders and American Pickers.

Erin Davis, M.MFT, LMFT-Associate


Supervised by Jennifer Smothermon, MA, LPC, LMFT-S

Erin is licensed in the state of Texas as a Marriage and Family Therapist-Associate. She holds a Bachelor degree in Art and Bible and a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree from Abilene Christian University. Erin is a pre-clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Erin works with couples, families, and individuals ages 4 and older. Her areas of interest include but are not limited to, play therapy for children, relationship issues, and family issues. Erin utilizes a collaborative and systemic approach to therapy, and feels it is a great honor to walk with her clients through difficult points in their lives.

Erin and her husband, Jason, have been married for 6 years and have one daughter. Erin and Jason served in Zambia, South Central Africa on a mission team and are passionate about holistic restoration. They have been a part of the Highland family since 2013. 

Selena Ellis,M.MFT, LMFT-Associate


Supervised by Gretchen Etheredge, M.MFT, LMFT, Board approved supervisor in Texas and AAMFT Supervisor Candidate

Selena is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Associate. She received her M.MFT from ACU’s Marriage and Family Therapy program and is currently a pre-clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. Selena utilizes a collaborative approach to therapy and focuses on creating new possibilities with her clients. She has worked through a variety of issues with couples, families, and individuals. Selena loves working with seriously dating couples and couples preparing for marriage. She is certified in PREPARE/ENRICH and a registered provider for Twogether in Texas.

Selena and her husband, Jordan, married in 2014 and have one son. They attend a local house church and are active in the ACU community.