Dr. Rebecca Cowan
Dr. Cowan is a 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, and an
AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist
Dr. Cowan is a PhD-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. She has been awarded Diplomate status by the American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA) with the designation in Integrated Behavioral Health Care Counseling. The award recognizes both advanced practice and professional clinical expertise in clinical mental health counseling. Dr. Cowan has numerous professional publications and has made several national and regional presentations. She serves on the editorial board of several professional journals, including the Journal of Counseling and Development and Adultspan journal. Dr. Cowan also serves as a member of Chi Sigma Iota International's Counselor Community Engagement Committee.
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 is skilled in working with clients who have experienced traumatic events including but not limited to sexual assault, mass casualty incidents, natural disasters, child abuse, domestic violence, and unexpected loss. She is aware of the complex impact of trauma, and how to sensitively assist clients who have been impacted by trauma. Dr. Cowan collaborates with clients in order 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 responded to several disaster response operations, including the Route 91 Harvest Festival, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida, and the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. Dr. Cowan is a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator through the National Board of Forensic Evaluators. She is also a Certified Forensic Behavioral Analyst and completed this certification under Dr. Gregory Vecchi, who is the former Chief of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. Dr. Cowan has also completed extensive training in testing and assessment for forensic populations and is qualified to administer Level C tests. She has expertise in behavioral aspects of active shooters, predicting and preventing active shootings, psychosocial needs of survivors, and crisis intervention. 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.