Counseling for Children & Teens in Vancouver, WA

 

What is Child Counseling & Teen Counseling?

At Compass Whole Health, we know that families face all kinds of challenges. Child Counseling or Teen Counseling can help! Sometimes the things that make are children and teens the most unique are the very things that can be the most challenging. We understand that each child and teen has their own set of needs, just as much as us adults have our own needs.  So often we hear that children are so special, and the light of our lives, and yet parents are really struggling to help each individual child and teen with their challenges.  We’ll work to engage your children and teenager in an age appropriate, supportive manner to assist them in self-regulation, coping skills, and techniques to help them fully engage in their most meaningful life.

We love working with teens. After years of specialized work in the area of teen counseling, we understand the key to naming progress with teens is ensuring they feel understood, and to build a strong relationship with the teen. Many teens have very little or very poor experiences when working with a counselor. Teens are often treated as “the problem” or guided to understand adulthood immediately, diminishing the current challenges in teen hood. We understand that being a teen has its unique challenges, and is a major life transition. We also understand that teens bring a lot of positive aspects to the table, and will never diminish the importance of the teenager role.

Teenagers are often misunderstood and adults often place a negative label on teens. Understanding how difficult it is for and teens to transition into adulthood is something we have lots of experience with. We all know how much teens love to step over the boundary of rules and expectations. There is normalcy in wanting added responsibility, and freedom while not fully knowing how to manage it or ask for it.

We understand the importance of working with children and teens, utilizing counseling to manage daily stressed, understanding life transitions, and effectively build happy family relationships.

What You Can Expect From Child Counseling & Teen Counseling

  • Improve communication between family members
  • Develop family structures, guidelines and processes that will help your family function to the benefit of all its members
  • Understand and problem-solve personal or social issues
  • Merge your parenting styles and philosophies into a unified, workable plan that offers your children and teenager the clarity and consistency they need from you
  • An empathetic and direct approach
  • Tools to navigate friends, school and bullying
  • Increase understanding of changing family dynamics

We help all family members we work with to pull together to find new and effective ways to resolve the challenges that brought them to counseling, we strive to make new, existing, or unrecognized resources available.

family reunification counseling, family is whole and happy together

In Counseling You and Your Child Will Learn

  • Utilize coping skills for stress

  • Utilize coping skills for stress

  • Navigating the roles that change within the family as kids get older or blended family

  • Understand each child’s needs

  • Teaching children self-regulation

At Compass, we believe in whole family wellness. When you and your child/teen come to therapy, you can expect our counselors’ to be involved in their process. We work to engage the family, understand the family’s goals, and how each person can work to attain those goals. We know that the most helpful way to address concerns with children and teens, is to involve the family, increase resiliency and find peace at home.

You’ll leave with skills to build connection and love in your family so that you can face the stress of real life, and the trauma of major life events with increased confidence.

Common Reasons Families Seek Counseling for Children & Teens

  • Improve Communication
  • Learn Conflict Management
  • Differing Parenting Skills
  • Divorce
  • Parent/Child Conflict
  • Major Life Changes or Trauma
  • Court-Ordered Reunification/Reconciliation
  • Disruptive Behaviors
  • Anger Management
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Self Harm
  • Bullying
  • parenting, blended family, managing your child's behaviors and family reunification.
  • parenting in a blended family, negotiating roles and responsibilities, understanding how to be a step-parent
  • Family of every size can benefit from family counseling, adult children, adolescents, youth, teen, parenting.

Family Counseling & Therapy Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? Compass wants the therapeutic process to be transparent, so you know what to expect, and feel comfortable. We understand that talking to someone new can bring up feelings of fear and uncertainty for some, so we hope that these questions ease those feelings and bring a certain level of readiness and comfort to seeking help with any one of our therapists at Compass Whole Health.  Check out some of the frequently asked questions in the list below.

If your question isn’t answered here, give us a call at 360-558-7730.

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You are probably anticipating the answer “it depends” – and you would be correct. It is impossible to predict the total number of sessions needed, as each individual is unique and the number of sessions will vary.

Some individuals’ will attend as few as 10-12 sessions, while others’ may attend 20 or more sessions to achieve the changes needed to maintain lasting relationship satisfaction.

Often we recommend weekly or bi-weekly 45-60 minute sessions at the start of counseling to help build needed trust and comfort in the counseling relationship. Weekly appointments may also facilitate more active progress toward goals. As progress toward initial goals are made, it may be helpful to spread the sessions further apart. We will discuss what is right for you as we work together.

Our address is 7017 NE Highway 99, Suite 206. Vancouver, WA 98665

Directions From I-5 Northbound

  1. Take exit 3 to merge onto NE Hwy 99/Main St toward Hazel Dell
  2. Merge onto NE Hwy 99/Main St
  3. Continue to follow NE Hwy 99
  4. Pass by McDonald’s (on the left in 1.0 mi)
  5. Destination will be on the right

Directions From I-5 Southbound

  1. Take exit 4 for NE 78th St
  2. Keep left at the fork to continue toward NE 78th St
  3. Slight left onto NE 78th St
  4. Turn right onto NE Hwy 99
  5. Destination will be on the left

Please enter through the back of the building (East side) of the building.

Parking: Free parking is available in the Collins Plaza where our offices are located at all hours. We are located inside the Collins Plaza, just minutes from I-5.

ADA Accessible: We are an ADA accessible office. If special accommodations are necessary, please do not hesitate to ask when you are scheduling your consult.

Private practices typically don’t have set hours. Our therapists work by appointment only, and each therapist sets their schedule. Some work days only, some work nights and weekends. If you need a particular time frame or day of the week, contact our intake line to discuss this.

Click here to schedule a FREE 15 minute phone consultation to determine if we are a good fit. If the available times do not work with your schedule, call 360.558.7730, or *email us at info@compasswholehealth.com, to request another time for your consultation.

This phone conversation will give us a chance to interview each other – but not in the anxiety provoking interview way. This will be more of a getting-to-know you talk. We want to ensure that you are getting exactly what you need for your relationship.

Please note that as therapists’ most of our days are spent having uninterrupted time with clients; therefore, we are not always immediately available. We encourage you to leave a message and we will return your call at our earliest convenience.

*Note that text and email are not secure methods of communication. Please reserve text and email communication for scheduling a time for consultation only. We can discuss the details of your particular situation during our phone consultation.

We do accept most major insurances for massage therapy and counseling services. Please contact us today and will gladly check your insurance benefits.

Relationship Counseling or Couples Therapy is often not covered by insurance. The purpose of insurance is for the diagnosis and treatment of a mental illness. Insurance companies do not recognize relationship concerns as a mental illness; therefore, our relationship therapy services are not usually reimbursable.

Insurance companies get to decide how many sessions you are allowed to see us and they dictate the services that we provide. Insurance companies also require a diagnosis, which becomes part of your permanent medical record and can disqualify you from certain careers. Please discuss with your therapist if this is a concern.

Most people experience general confusion, sadness, anxiety, and struggle with general life transitions. But for many, these can pile on top of one another, and be too great to manage on your own. Making the decision to engage in individual counseling takes immense courage. You will take this courage and dedicate yourself to healing. In our experience, one of the most important aspects in your healing process is finding a place in which you can feel completely validated and heard. We strive to create an open, non-judgmental environment to walk with you on your journey of healing and building in hope.

When you work with one of our therapists’ you are investing in a therapist who has specific training and education to best fit your needs.

We only see a limited number of clients in our practice so you can expect to receive the utmost care and consideration in regards to your relationship needs.

Seeing a carefully selected number of clients allows us to devote time to understanding your specific relationship outside of our sessions together. We will have ample time to review notes, tailor our approaches and interventions to your specific needs, and keep up to date on the latest developments in the field so that you are receiving state-of-the-art treatment.

Therapy sessions are typically 45-60 minutes, allowing time for deep and meaningful relationship work to take place. We do not typically book clients back-to-back so you receive the attention that you deserve and won’t experience the sense of being rushed.

If you have any other questions, please contact us

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