Standard Cross Counseling

Shawn McCowan, MA LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor (#78066)

Phone: (903) 354-5091

To fulfill Immanuel Lutheran Church’s commitment to serving the hearts, minds, and spirits of this community, a partnership was established with Shawn McCowan. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor who owns Standard Cross Counseling. Shawn provides Christ-centered counseling around the Brazos Valley from his office in Bremond, working with A&M Christian Counseling in Bryan, and in Giddings through Immanuel Lutheran Church.

McCowan established Standard Cross Counseling, LLC, to combine Bible-based, spiritually-sound guidance with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) to help understand the source of struggles, heal from pain, and move toward the life each individual was made by God to live. Shawn uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help people explore, understand, and communicate the complex web of thoughts and feelings that drive our decisions and actions, both beneficial and harmful. By integrating spiritual truth from God’s Word, this truly whole-person approach provides new ways to perceive and respond to others and build healthier communication and relationships.

Shawn welcomes individuals, couples and families, including both pre-marital and crisis counseling for couples. As a retired military veteran with 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, McCowan also understands the unique challenges faced by military members and their families. And as a self-described “hopelessly sinful Christian,” he knows the grace and patience everyone needs when struggling to find and accept true peace during and after difficult life events.

McCowan also serves the boys and girls at Still Creek Ranch as the ranch’s Clinical Director and one of its counselors. In addition, Shawn works with juvenile offenders in Robertson, Falls and Milam Counties as their primary counseling referral.

Shawn grew up in northern Ohio and was a member of his hometown’s Lutheran Church (LCMS). Throughout his adulthood and during his military career, he served various churches around the world, creating a Bible Study for new believers while deployed in Afghanistan, as well as several ministries across America as a praise team vocalist, youth group leader, and Small Group leader. He is currently an adult Sunday School teacher and occasionally leads Sunday Service at his home church.

McCowan has a wife and three daughters. The family operates Standard Cross Farm producing free-range chickens and eggs.

We are ready to walk with you during the rockiest roads of your journey.

Counseling Services Provided

Relationships & Conflict

Relationships are often the most difficult part of our lives. They can provide companionship and comfort but can also be a source of conflict and pain. Regardless of gender, race, culture, faith or values, we will each face life events that challenge our sense of self. While unsure of which way to turn, we know our response to these events can define the remainder of our journey... a crossroad. I am honored to walk with you as you consider your paths and take those crucial steps.

Gal. 6:2

Trauma & PTSD

Every individual handles painful and traumatic experiences in a unique way. Anxiety, fear, anger and sadness are a few emotions that often linger long after traumatic events. Together, we can begin to overcome these symptoms, and move through the process of grief and healing toward joy.

James 1:2-4

Spiritual Doubt & Uncertainty

Humans need a sense of purpose and truth. Without purpose there is no hope. Without truth there is no way to be sure of our purpose. When we run out of answers or have been deceived, we are driven to construct our own answers from our limited and mortal consciousness. Finding certain truth is the first step in rediscovering our unique purpose, which gives us hope for a lifetime.

Psalm 25:5