Counselors

All of our therapist are experienced and have either a Master’s or Doctoral degree in counseling or psychology, and have undergone specialized training in their area of practice.

Our therapists provide the highest standards of professional service and are always respectful, nonjudgmental, positive and understanding. Each therapist associated with APC is committed to creating a secure and comfortable environment in which clients can feel safe and dignified. Please note that the therapists associated with APC are not employees, but independent practitioners.

Marc M. Orner, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT

Dr. Marc M. Orner has been in private practice in Abilene, Texas for the past thirty years. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of New Mexico. He also was awarded a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Community Psychology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx New York.

Dr. Orner has taught in Psychology departments at both graduate and undergraduate levels at several Universities. He taught full time and part time at McMurry University for eighteen years. He is a diplomat in Psychotherapy, as well as a diplomat in Clinical Mental Health Family Counseling.

He emphasizes counseling with individuals, couples, marriage, and family concerns; as well as PTSD issues. Dr. Orner has been recognized as an expert witness in several State Court Systems as well as several Federal Court Districts.

Benje Morrison, M.Ed., LPC-S

Benje has been with Abilene Professional Center since 2011. He brings experience from an eclectic life and past employment as a teacher, career counselor, and behaviorist. He offers clients an energetic perspective of therapy in the traditional sense. Using an eclectic approach, he is able to meet people where they are emotionally, physically, and cognitively, and then, unveiling each client's unique strengths, turn obstacles into growth, and set about tapping into the client's infinite potential. He meets with individuals, kids, couples, and families. He works in partnership with each client, carefully listening to the their concerns and collaborating on solutions on such typical issues as depression, anxiety, relationship distress, couple and marital issues, parent-child conflicts, work stress, life transition issues, and addiction. He uses a variety of therapeutic models, including CBT, psychodynamic, and mindfulness, dedicated toward solutions and the restoration of hopefulness. Treatment may be short term or long term depending on the nature of the concern. He is also a Board-Approved Supervisor.

Melissa Strain, M.Ed., LPC

Melissa Strain is a licensed professional counselor who graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Sociology, as well as a Masters of Education degree from the University of West Georgia for Guidance and Counseling. While working towards her license she specialized in counseling adolescents and their families, working toward reconciliation and healing within the family environment. Her experiences include specialization in divorce reactions, attachment issues, stress/anxiety, and grief. Prior to working in private practice Melissa has worked in the metro-Atlanta area as a school guidance counselor, as well as being a counselor at a residential treatment facility in east Texas. Melissa mainly uses a cognitive behavioral approach, as she believes it is important to be able to identify and change negative thought patterns that influence our behavior. She has a wide range of experience including individual, group, and family therapy, with experience in divorce reactions, attachment issues, stress/anxiety, and grief.