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 Services We Offer
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.
Common Reasons You Should Seek Family Counseling
- Improve Communication
- Learn Conflict Management
- Differing Parenting Skills
- Parent Conflict
- Major Life Changes or Trauma
- Court-Ordered Reunification/Reconciliation
- Grief and Loss
Frequently Asked Questions
Compass wants the therapy 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.
Is there a difference between counseling and therapy?
The short answer is yes. Counseling is often short term and focuses on the identified problem. Once the problem is resolved counseling typically ends. Therapy is longer term and focuses on the individual or relationship. Therapy focuses on behavioral patterns and helps you to better understand your thoughts and patterns.
What should I expect when starting in counseling or therapy?
Your counseling or therapy experience is tailored specifically for you. We will work together to determine the best fit for you and your needs. The connection you make with your therapist or counselor is one of single most important aspects of the therapy and counseling process. We understand that finding the “right” therapist or counselor is a necessity not an option.
You can expect the first couple of sessions to be more information gathering. We will then work on determining your goals and establish a treatment plan to meet those goals.
How do I get started in counseling or therapy?
Taking the first step in making a counseling appointment is hard. We know how important it is to answer you call.
Our front office staff are very knowledgeable and are available to answer most questions you might have about therapy and counseling. We work to match you with the therapist or counselor that fits your needs and will meet you exactly where you are at.
What makes your counselors and therapists different?
At Compass Whole Health each of our therapists and counselors have a specific expertise. When you call or email for an appointment, our front office staff will discuss with you the best counselor or therapist to fit your needs. We strive to make sure that your experience is the best one from your first point of contact.
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. We have therapists who are currently licensed in Oregon and Washington. We offer in-person and telehealth (video) counseling and therapy services.
Do you accept insurance?
We do accept most major insurances for massage therapy, counseling, and therapy services. Please contact us today and will gladly check your insurance benefits to determine if you have a co-pay, deductible, or co-insurance.
What are your hours?
Our set front office hours are Monday thru Thursday from 9-5. Our counselors, therapists, and coaches work by appointment only, and each provider sets their own schedule. To make an appointment or for additional information contact our office at (360) 558-7730.
Where are you located?
We are centrally located at 5115 NE 94th Ave, Suite D, Vancouver, WA 98662. This location is near Vancouver Mall and close to both 205 and I-5 freeways.
Why should I go to counseling?
Counseling offers individuals like yourself a safe, judgement free space to explore all areas of your life. Family counseling is one of the strongest things a family can do for their relationship. Counseling will give you a healthy and self-caring way to work on all parts of the family relationship. In our counseling at Compass Whole Health you will learn effective and realistic ways to handle your thoughts, feelings, relationships, home and work life. Together we can look at your challenges and work to make those changes.
Counseling can be a great space to engage in a open discussion about past hurts, current problems, or issues you might have in your life. We consistently maintain a safe space for you to decompress and process past traumas.
In counseling you will begin to discover your true worth. We will work on you in session. Through discovering who you truly are, you will be able to know what you want and deserve in all areas of your life.
We have therapists and counselors with a variety of specialities and expertise.
It is extremely important to us that you find a therapist or counselor that is the perfect fit for you. We have a variety of professionals with an array of specialities and expertise.
Get In Touch
5115 NE 94th Ave, Suite D, Vancouver, WA 98662
Mon - Thurs: 9am - 5pm
Therapist Hours: By Appointment