Dr. Rebecca Cowan
Licensed Professional Counselor,
National Certified Counselor,
Board Certified-TeleMental Health provider,
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional,
Certified Forensic Behavioral Analyst,
Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator,
Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider,
AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist
Dr. Cowan is a Ph.D.-level Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years of experience within the mental health field. She is a professor at Walden University and an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University. She owns Anchor Counseling and Wellness, LLC in Virginia Beach, VA, and has experience working in inpatient psychiatric, private practice, residential treatment, integrated care (family medicine), forensic, and foster care/child protective services settings. Dr. Cowan has been awarded Diplomate status by the American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA) with the designation in Integrated Behavioral Health Care Counseling. This award recognizes advanced practice and professional clinical expertise in clinical mental health counseling. She has also received the Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person by the American Counseling Association. Dr. Cowan has numerous professional publications and has made several national and regional presentations. She serves on the editorial board of several professional journals and is a member of Chi Sigma Iota International's Counselor Community Engagement Committee. Dr. Cowan volunteers as a Disaster Mental Health clinician with the American Red Cross and co-leads the Coastal and Blue Ridge territories in Virginia.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
CHRONIC ILLNESS & WOMEN'S HEALTH
Prior to opening Anchor Counseling, Dr. Cowan was a professor and assistant program director in the Department of Family Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School and held hospital privileges at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center. She understands the emotional impact of disease and has treated individuals experiencing a variety of acute and chronic health issues. She also has a special interest in nutrition and has worked with women experiencing mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, disordered eating/weight concerns, intimate partner violence/relational issues, work/life balance, and stress. Dr. Cowan has completed continuing education in Complimentary and Alternative Medicine with the Integrative Therapies Institute and is a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider.
Dr. Cowan is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and EMDRIA-approved Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist. She is skilled in working with clients who have experienced traumatic events such as sexual assault, mass casualty incidents, natural disasters, child maltreatment, domestic violence, and unexpected loss. Dr. Cowan is aware of the complexities of trauma and how to sensitively assist clients who have been impacted. She collaborates with clients to develop personal and attainable goals so that balance may be restored in their lives.
Dr. Cowan has special clinical and research interests in mass casualty incidents and has worked with survivors of several mass shootings, including the Route 91 Harvest Festival and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida. She is board certified as a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator and a Certified Forensic Behavioral Analyst through the National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE). This certification program was led by Dr. Gregory Vecchi, the former Chief of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. Dr. Cowan is also trained in testing and assessment for forensic populations. She has expertise in behavioral aspects of active shooters, clinical risk assessment, crisis intervention, and the psychosocial needs of survivors. She is a member of the Homicide Research Working Group and the Global Institute of Forensic Research. Dr. Cowan is available for professional consultation on matters relevant to forensic behavioral analysis.