Counseling Staff

Steve Rowlands, MMFT, LPCS, LMFT serves as Director of the Counseling Center. He is a graduate of ACU's marriage and family therapy program (an AAMFT approved program). He is a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapist. Steve is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Additionally, Steve is an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy. He specializes in family and relationship issues, as well as adjustment and life cycle issues.

 


John Casada, M.D., Ph.D. serves as the university psychiatrist for the Student Health Services. A graduate of ACU, he received his medical degree and Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He is board certified in General Adult Psychiatry, and has over 10 years of experience providing pharmaco and psychotherapies to adolescents and adults. He has been an academic psychiatrist at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he engaged in research, general medical and psychiatric education and clinical psychiatry before joining ACU in 2008. John has also served as a deacon for the professional counseling ministry at the Northside Church of Christ in San Antonio.

 


Tim Ehrhart, MMFT, LMFT is a graduate of ACU's Marriage and Family Therapy program (an AAMFT approved program). He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Texas and is also a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Tim specializes in relationship and family issues, as well as mood and anxiety disorders. He lives in Abilene with his wife Anne, who is also a Marriage and Family Therapist, and their new born baby Campbell.

 


Gretchen Etheredge, M.MFT, LMFT is a graduate of ACU’s Marriage and Family Therapy program (an AAMFT approved program). She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Texas and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists.  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: Stage of life adjustment; Depression; Loneliness; Sexual abuse issues; Marital and Family stress; Spiritual issues; and Substance abuse.

 


Cara Flanders, MMFT, LPC, LMFT is a graduate of ACU’s AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy) approved Marriage and Family Therapy program. She is a Clinical Fellow of the AAMFT, an AAMFT-approved supervisor, and both a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor, as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Supervisor in the state of Texas. Additionally, Cara serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy. She specializes in family and relationship issues, depression, eating disorders, cross-cultural adjustment, care of missionaries, and has extensive experience counseling in non-Western contexts.

 


Jessica Nguyen, M.S, LPC is a graduate of ACU’s Clinical Psychology Program and is an adjunct faculty member of the Psychology Department and has been at the Counseling center since April of 2010. She specializes in anxiety, anger and identity formation along with a number of other psychological and relational issues. She is an endorsed member of the Southwestern Psychological Association and has presented her research at 3 of their annual conferences over the last 5 years. Jessica is also a member of the American Counseling Association, the American College Counseling Association and the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Jessica lives in Abilene with her husband, son and daughter. 
 


Cindy Gravitt is the office manager of the Medical and Counseling Care Center and has been part of our team since May 2011. She is a third generation graduate of ACU and loves being back on campus. She and her husband, Van, keep busy with their four boys Denver, Caleb, Elijah, and Corey.

Cindy has been a videographer and photographer since 1996 and produces football highlight videos for Cooper High School.

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