Counseling for Couples in a Committed Relationship in Vancouver, WA and the Portland-metro area
Couples Counseling & Marriage Counseling
Couples Counseling & Marriage Counseling offer a valuable opportunity for couples to learn effective ways to communicate, establish or renew boundaries, learn ways to engage in healthy conflict, and have a safe space to improve or prioritize your relationship. Every couple has moments when they start to fight more, feel angry, harbor resentment, or even feel withdrawn from their partner they were once so connected with.
Let’s be honest, being in a relationship is hard. It isn’t uncommon to experience challenges, and when they arise, it can be really difficult to decide what the next step is. In couples counseling we see our role as a marriage therapist to sit with you, where you are in the moment and help guide the way in mending the broken pieces of your relationship.
It can be difficult to manage intimate relationship problems on your own, whether those problems are lack of communication, infidelity, betrayal, parenting issues, or everyday arguments. Couples Counseling can help.
Clients who engage in couples counseling at Compass can expect to utilize a variety of tools to improve communication and emotional connection. Our focus is to make a safe space for you and your partner to openly discuss obstacles within your relationship, resentments that have built, and other areas of growth that allow you to grow as a couple and individually. Several of our therapists provide Gottman Method Couples Counseling and utilize the tools and techniques from Dr. Gottman in sessions.
Does Marriage Counseling or Couples Counseling Work?
On average couples wait 6 years to seek therapy from the time they begin having significant relationship problems. Working on strengthening your relationship before significant problems arise is the best recipe for a healthy, long-term relationship. Couples Counseling can help!
If you feel as though you are spinning your wheels and struggling to make your relationship work, you are not alone. It’s completely normal to feel a loss of connection with your partner as the newness of a relationship wears off. As you grow and mature as a couple, each of you settles back in to who you were as an individual before you met.
Common Reasons Couples Seek Counseling
- Improve Communication
- Learn Conflict Management
- Work Through Infidelity or an Affair
- Differing Parenting Skills
- Roommates vs. Lovers
- Major Life Changes
- Premarital Counseling
Couples Counseling 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.
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
- Take exit 3 to merge onto NE Hwy 99/Main St toward Hazel Dell
- Merge onto NE Hwy 99/Main St
- Continue to follow NE Hwy 99
- Pass by McDonald’s (on the left in 1.0 mi)
- Destination will be on the right
Directions From I-5 Southbound
- Take exit 4 for NE 78th St
- Keep left at the fork to continue toward NE 78th St
- Slight left onto NE 78th St
- Turn right onto NE Hwy 99
- 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 email@example.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.