Nicole Cowans

Graduate Intern

In-Office Sessions: Richmond (map it)
Teletherapy for residents of: Virginia
In-Office Sessions:
 Richmond (map it)
Teletherapy for residents of:
Client Population(s):
  • Adolescent (14-17)
  • Adult (25+)
  • Child (7-10)
  • Tween (11-13)
  • Young Adult (18-25)
  • Young Child (3-6)
Primary Modality(ies):
  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment Based
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral (DBT)
  • Existential
  • Expressive Arts
  • Family Systems
  • Gestalt
  • Humanistic
  • Mindbody
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Multicultural
  • Narrative
  • Person Centered
  • Play Therapy
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational-Cultural
  • Sex Therapy
  • Solution Focused
  • Strengths Based
  • Trauma Focused

If you’re looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your unique goals. In my time as a high school instructor, college educator, and student of counseling and psychology; my philosophy on the therapeutic alliance has blossomed into a holistic process in which there is a co-creation of meaning between client and clinician. In order to accomplish this “co-creation of meaning,” I attempt constantly to balance three basic dialectics: 1) Facilitating knowledge and understanding with theory and application; 2) Helping and challenging clients while encouraging creative experimentation; and 3) Respecting and supporting a wide variety of clients and client needs while maintaining balance and fairness.  As a mind-body therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life.

       It is my priority, as an educator and mental health clinician, to inspire and relate to you, encourage you to develop your creativity and strength, as well as explore and express your inner artists. My approach to therapy is humanistic, evidence-based, and encourages you to identify strengths, and build valuable psychosocial skills for healthy psychological, physiological, and spiritual/ethereal development. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

More About Me:

Nicole is a Certified Fitzmaurice Voicework teacher and Integral Sound Healing Practitioner. She is fluent in Spanish and English. Her research interests are trauma, attachment, ethnicity, culture, identity, somatic therapy, sound healing, and voicework.

  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety / Panic
  • Attention Disorders (ADHD)
  • Autism / Neurodivergence
  • Bipolar/Mood Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Career Counseling
  • Chronic Illness/Pain
  • Conduct and Impulse Control
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Family Dynamics
  • Gender/Sexual Identity (LGBTQIA+)
  • Grief and Loss
  • Infidelity
  • Life Transitions and Adjustment
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors
  • Parenting
  • Perinatal / Postpartum
  • Racial/Cultural Identity
  • Relationship Conflict
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Self-esteem / Personal Growth
  • Self-harm / Suicidal Ideation
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Sex and Intimacy
  • Social Skills
  • Stress and Overwhelm
  • Substance Misuse
  • Trauma and PTSD
Education and Training:
  • Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Palo Alto University
  • Masters in Drama from University of California Irvine
  • Bachelors in Psychology from University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Bachelors in Theatre from University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Minor in Music (Vocal Performance) from University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Certified Fitzmaurice Voicework Teacher
  • Certified Integral Sound Healing Practitioner
  • Somatic/Therapeutic Touch
  • Cranial Sacral Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Member of ACA; ASERVIC; ACC
Graduate Intern
Supervised by:
Caroline Crilley, LPC

I look forward to supporting your mental health journey.

If you are interested in scheduling a free consultation, please fill out the request form or call our office (703-534-5100) and request to speak to me.