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.
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.
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.
Common Reasons Families Seek Counseling
- Improve Communication
- Learn Conflict Management
- Differing Parenting Skills
- Parent Conflict
- Roommates vs. Lovers
- Major Life Changes or Trauma
- Court-Ordered Reunification/Reconciliation
Family Counseling & Therapy Services
Frequently Asked Questions
Compass wants the therapeutic process to be as clear as possible. We want you know what to expect and feel comfortable throughout the entire process. Check out some of the frequently asked questions in the list below.
We are here to answer any question you have, give us a call at 360-558-7730.
Family Counseling is tailored to each individual family. We work together to determine the best fit for you and your relationship needs.
You can expect the first two to three sessions to be more of an assessment of the relationship. Depending on your goals we then formulate a plan of action and can establish a more specific timeline to meet those goals.
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.
Our set front office hours are Monday thru Thursday from 9-5 and Friday from 8-3. Our therapists work by appointment only, and each therapist sets their schedule. To make an appointment or for additional information contact our intake line at (360) 558-7730.
We do accept most major insurances for massage therapy and counseling services. Please contact us today and will gladly check your insurance benefits.
At Compass Whole Health each of our therapists have a specific expertise. When you call or email for an appointment, our front office staff will discuss with you the best therapist to fit your needs. We strive to make sure that your experience is the best one from the first time you walk in our doors.
Compass is dedicated to having only the best therapists and counselors in the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA area. This translates into you having the best therapist and counselor.