Counseling for Families in Vancouver, WA – Portland metro area

What is Family Counseling?

Family relationships can be complicated and hard to navigate. In family counseling we make sure that no one gets blamed or singled out when working together. We see family members as interconnected, being able to influence help each other. When families get out of balance, they can use a professional ally. In our role as family therapists, we often start our work together by meeting an entire family, extended family members, and/or friends – whoever you tell us is important to include.

As we begin to understand what needs to be done, we may work with different combinations of people: individual or extended family members, parents, friends, adult children or siblings to build solutions to challenges.

The idea behind family counseling is that change can happen more quickly when more people are involved and committed to reinforcing that change. Research has shown that often times family therapy is more effective than standard or individual therapy.

Family counseling provides the opportunity for everyone involved to grow and become closer with one another. Family counseling is some of the most rewarding work that we do because of the lasting changes that it can create for everyone involved.

Family Counseling Can Help You

  • 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 the clarity and consistency they need from you

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

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Types of Family Counseling

Family Reunification Counseling

Reunification counseling or reconciliation counseling is becoming more widely used especially in divorce cases. It is often court ordered, depending on the specifics of the situation the purpose and goals will vary. The general purpose of reunification counseling is an attempt to identify and restore the relationship between the child and the reunifying parent while also identifying the stressors which have negatively impacted the relationship. Goals of reunification therapy are determined after we have identified the factors contributing to the estranged relationship and by working on communication, trust and residual feelings contributing to the estrangement. Learn more about Reunification Family Counseling.

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an evidenced based approach that is family based to work with at risk teens. This approach is phase-based and lasts 3-6 months with an average of 10-12 total weekly sessions. We utilize this approach to intervene with specific and individualized strength-based interventions, matching to what works best for you and your family.

Co-Parenting Counseling

Focuses on two parents who are learning to best raise their child while living apart. The focus is to have you the parent, collaborate in providing the needed healthy structure and positive child-rearing strategies pertinent to your child’s optimal development and growth, emotionally, physically, and socially.  All involved parties who have stake in the “best interest” of the child are welcomed to participate in this process.

Counseling for Blended Families

Counseling for blended families is geared for parents and step-parents who seek to bring more peace and harmony in their household. Blended families have many additional challenges such as having two sets of parents trying to “be on the same page.” Common family problems include communication, discipline styles, expectations for the children, parenting time, value systems, and lifestyles choices often become points of contention between families. Parents in blended families will learn how to express their concerns, both with their new partner and their ex-spouse, in constructive, respectful ways, to strengthen trust and cooperation, and avoid more divisiveness.

Home Based Therapy

We offer a unique approach to counseling when appropriate, we encourage that our work goes beyond the counseling room and into your home.

This home based counseling approach came from years of working as a case manager going into families homes who had children with behavior issues, ADHD, anxiety and depression. We were able to see firsthand the struggles that parents and children were having in the comfort of their own home. We firmly believe that positive change can happen more quickly and is more natural in the home environment.

Family therapy can be a stand-alone service or a helpful compliment to individual or couples counseling.

Common Reasons Families Seek Counseling

  • Improve Communication
  • Learn Conflict Management
  • Differing Parenting Skills
  • Divorce
  • Parent Conflict
  • Roommates vs. Lovers
  • Major Life Changes or Trauma
  • Court-Ordered Reunification/Reconciliation
  • 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.


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, 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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