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Rebecca Sheffield

Core Faculty and Director of the Flanagan Counselor Education Clinic

Office: 2107-L
Phone: 757-221-1458
Email: [[rlsheffield]]
Areas of Expertise: Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling


Rebecca is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Virginia. She has clinical experience working with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings including community agencies, schools, and private practice. Her clinical work is informed by a systemic perspective, which considers family strengths and challenges within the larger context of family and community and recognizes the power of family members in supporting emotional health. Rebecca's research interests include retention in family counseling and counseling for diverse populations and family structures, including those in which children are raised in kinship care.


Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, William & Mary

Awards and Activities

International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, Training and Mentorship Award (2020)

American Counseling Association National Ethics Competition, First Place Winning Team (2016)

Selected Publications

McAdams, C.R., Foster, V.A., Tuazon, V.E., Kooyman, B.A., Gonzalez, E., Grunhaus, C.M.L., Sheffield, R.L., & Wagner, N.J. (2017). In-session therapist actions for improving client retention in family therapy: Translating empirical research into clinical practice. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, (29)2, 142-160.

Sheffield, R.L., (2017). Making meaning of motherhood: A phenomenological investigation of mothers raised by grandparents. (Doctoral dissertation).

Martin, C.V., Kooyman, B., Branch, K., and Sheffield, R.L. (2017). Addressing ethical dilemmas in doctoral-level counselor education supervision programs. Vistas Online, article 38.

McAdams, C., Avadhanam, R., Foster, V., Harris, P., Javaheri, A., Kooyman, B., Harris, P., Joe, R.J., Sheffield, R., & Williams, A. (2016). The Viability of Structural Family Therapy in the 21st Century: An analysis of key indicators. Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, 38(3), 255-261.

Lamanna, J., Shillingford, M.A., Parrish, M., & Sheffield, R. (2010). Counseling group curriculum for parents on bullying. Journal of School Counseling, 8(28).