Co-Parenting for High Conflict Parents in the Vancouver, WA – Portland Metro area

Learn to Co-Parent After Divorce or Separation

Going through divorce can be a difficult process for all parties involved especially when children are involved. Divorce can become that much more complicated; rather than parting ways, both parents must still work together for the benefit of their children. We know that life after divorce can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Navigating this new family dynamic can be one of the trickiest aspects of divorce, and many divorcing parents may question whether or not it is even possible.

We seek to minimize the conflict and make your life more manageable so you can provide the best care possible to yourself and your family. Creating and maintaining a healthy boundary between yourself and your child’s other parent is crucial.

It is very important to care for yourself and get your own needs met, especially when going through such a stressful situation. We would like to help you navigate through the new challenges you face and create a happy and healthy home for you and your family.

This service is not intended for those parents experiencing serious conflict, involved in post divorce litigation or facing serious allegations.

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You Might Need Co-Parenting High Conflict Counseling If:

  • One or both parents still harbor resentment toward the other due to the breakup or separation and that affects communication and the willingness to co-parent.
  • Struggle to avoid conflict in front of the children.
  • One or both parents do not respect the other parent’s role and refuse to work with the other.
  • If you want to reduce children’s exposure to unresolved conflict.
  • One or both parents have related emotional upheaval that doesn’t allow for effective communication.
  • You want to strengthen your co-parent alliance and decision-making.

What is Co-Parenting Counseling?

Co-parenting counseling is a confidential therapeutic service that addresses the co-parenting relationship and children’s issues associated with divorce and family separation. Co-Parent Counseling will guide you and help you build a relationship as co-parents.

Co-Parent counseling offers specific and practical suggestions to decrease conflict, resolve differences and help you parent your children. Co-Parent counseling will require that you look closely at yourself and how you contribute to the situation your children find themselves in.

The success of Co-Parent Counseling rests on the parents’ willingness to step back from their own feelings about each other and focus on the children, their new relationship as co-parents, and the new family they have created. Success requires the parent to always have their children’s best interest as their guiding value and be willing to examine and admit when that is not the value guiding their conduct.

With this perspective, and with the new skills learned in counseling, parents can make a successful transition from embattled ex-spouse to empowered co-parents.

A primary purpose of these counseling sessions is to provide a forum where the parents can work to establish cooperative parenting.

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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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