Child & Teen Counseling 2017-09-21T15:38:23+00:00

Counseling for Children & Teens in Vancouver, WA


What is Child & Teen Counseling?

At Compass Community Counseling and Whole Health, we know that families face all kinds of challenges. Sometimes the things that make are children and teens the most unique are the very things that can be the most challenging. We understand that each child and teen has their own set of needs, just as much as us adults have our own needs.  So often we hear that children are so special, and the light of our lives, and yet parents are really struggling to help each individual child and teen with their challenges.  We’ll work to engage your children and teenager in an age appropriate, supportive manner to assist them in self-regulation, coping skills, and techniques to help them fully engage in their most meaningful life.

We love working with teens. After years of specialized work in the area of teen counseling, we understand the key to naming progress with teens is ensuring they feel understood, and to build a strong relationship with the teen. Many teens have very little or very poor experiences when working with a counselor. Teens are often treated as “the problem” or guided to understand adulthood immediately, diminishing the current challenges in teen hood. We understand that being a teen has its unique challenges, and is a major life transition. We also understand that teens bring a lot of positive aspects to the table, and will never diminish the importance of the teenager role.

Teenagers are often misunderstood and adults often place a negative label on teens. Understanding how difficult it is for and teens to transition into adulthood is something we have lots of experience with. We all know hoe much teens love to step over the boundary of rules and expectations. There is normalcy in wanting added responsibility, and freedom while not fully knowing how to manage it or ask for it.

We understand the importance of working with teens, utilizing counseling to manage daily stressed, understanding life transitions, and effectively build happy family relationships.

What You Can Expect From Child & Teen Counseling

  • 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 and teenager the clarity and consistency they need from you
  • An empathetic and direct approach
  • Tools to navigate friends, school and bullying
  • Increase understanding of changing family dynamics

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

In Conseling You and Your Child Will Learn

  • Utilize coping skills for stress

  • Utilize coping skills for stress

  • Navigating the roles that change within the family as kids get older or blended family

  • Understand each child’s needs

  • Teaching children self-regulation

At Compass, we believe in whole family wellness. When you and your child/teen come to therapy, you can expect our counselors’ to be involved in their process. We work to engage the family, understand the family’s goals, and how each person can work to attain those goals. We know that the most helpful way to address concerns with children and teens, is to involve the family, increase resiliency and find peace at home.

You’ll leave with skills to build connection and love in your family so that you can face the stress of real life, and the trauma of major life events with increased confidence.

Common Reasons Families Seek Counseling for Children & Teens

  • Improve Communication
  • Learn Conflict Management
  • Differing Parenting Skills
  • Divorce
  • Parent/Child Conflict
  • Major Life Changes or Trauma
  • Court-Ordered Reunification/Reconciliation
  • Disruptive Behaviors
  • Anger Management
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Self Harm
  • Bullying

Family Therapy & Counseling Services

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? Compass wants the therapeutic process to be transparent, so that you know what to expect, and that you 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 360-828-5350.


Our current regular fees are as follows. Payment for each session is due at the time of your session. Our office accepts cash, checks and all major credit cards (including HSA). Please make your checks payable to Compass Community Counseling, LLC.

  • $130 per 60-minute family counseling session
  • Full Session Fee for No Show/Late Cancel (outside of 24 hours)
  • $25 Returned Check Fee

Family therapy is an investment in your families’ relationship. How important is it to you to have a healthy relationship with your partner and your children? What is it worth to you?

If you are seeking family therapy and you are unsure of the financial commitment, feel free to give us a call anyway. We can provide referrals to other therapists in the area who accept insurance. And, depending upon your current need, we can discuss other resources such as workshops and books that may be helpful as you decide your readiness for family therapy.

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 family is unique and the number of sessions will vary.

Some families’ will attend as few as 10-12 sessions, while families’ participating in reunification/reconciliation counseling may attend 20 or more sessions to achieve the changes needed to maintain lasting relationship satisfaction.

Often we recommend weekly or bi-weekly 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 613 E McLoughlin Blvd. Vancouver, WA 98663

Directions From I5 Northbound

  1. Take Exit 1C, (City Center/Mill Plain Blvd). Left at the light (Mill Plain)
  2. East on Mill Plain, turn left at the second light (Ft. Vancouver Way)
  3. Proceed one block. Turn left at the light (McLoughlin Blvd).
  4. Travel west approximately 1/4 of a mile.
  5. 613 E. McLoughlin is on the south side.

Directions From I5 Southbound

  1. Take Exit 1C, (Mill Plain Blvd). Stay right, merge onto Mill Plain eastbound,
  2. East on Mill Plain, turn left at the second light (Ft. Vancouver Way)
  3. Proceed one block. Turn left at the light (McLoughlin Blvd).
  4. Travel west approximately 1/4 of a mile.
  5. 613 E. McLoughlin is on the south side.

Please enter through the North front door of the building. Because we are a small private practice we do not have a receptionist for check-in, we complete this process ourselves.

Parking: Unmetered street parking is available in front of our offices at all hours. We are located just west of Clark College and the Marshall Center, 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.

Do your research. Review online directories, such as Psychology Today, to compare different therapists in your area and search by specialties. Check out the therapist’s website, paying special attention to see if their message resonates with you.

Many therapists offer services to families; however, not all have completed their education and training in marriage and family issues. Ask if they have had courses in family therapy, or if they have received supervision from someone who was an experienced family therapist.

Looking for the type of license that a potential therapist holds can be important. Having a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) indicates that the practitioner has completed coursework specific to couples and understands how to effectively work with the delicate nature of intimate partner relationships.

Look for additional trainings and certifications that the therapist has completed, paying close attention to those trainings and certifications that are specific to the couple relationship and are founded on research.

And last, but certainly not least, you should feel comfortable with the therapist. Research indicates that the most important factor contributing to the success of therapy is the relationship between the therapist and their clients. This means that the relationship you have with your therapist is more important than the therapists’ education and training, more important than the model of therapy the therapist uses, and even more important than the years of experience of the therapist.

Most therapists will offer an initial phone consultation. Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with potential therapists. You should be able to determine if you would feel comfortable working with the therapist within the first few minutes of the conversation.

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 or *text 360.828.5350, or *email us at info@compasswholehealth.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 not accept insurance. Couples Therapy and Family Therapy in its pure form, which is what we practice, is 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, my relationship therapy services are not reimbursable. Insurance companies get to decide how many sessions you are allowed to see me 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.

Having a private pay therapist means that you will have more control over your treatment. You will not receive a mental health diagnosis and your session notes will not be submitted to an outside third party. We will be able to freely work together in a way that honors your unique situation and I can tailor my approach to best fit your needs.

Our approach to family therapy is more organized than most and utilizes other models such as Structural Family Therapy, Gottman Methods, and Functional Family Therapy methods – a structured, scientifically-based empirically-grounded, family-based intervention program.

Therapists work with families to assess family behaviors that maintain unwanted behavior, modify dysfunctional family communication, maintain appropriate structure and hierarchy within the family, gain insight into setting clear rules about expectations and family roles.

When you work with one of our therapists’ you are investing in a therapist who has specific training and education in systemic family relationships.

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.

Family therapy sessions are typically 60-90 minutes, allowing time for deep and meaningful relationship work to take place. We do not book clients back-to-back so you will receive the attention that you deserve and you will not experience the sense of being rushed.

You may always call your therapist to cancel or reschedule an appointment. Our office policy is that all cancellations and reschedules must be 24 hours before the scheduled appointment to avoid a fee. Late cancellations and no shows have a $130 (our full rate) fee that is charged to the client.

If you have any other questions, please contact us

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