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 no one gets blamed or singled out in my work. We see family members as interconnected, influencing and able to help each other. When families get out of balance, they can use a professional ally. In that role, we may start our work together by meeting an entire family and extended family members and friends – whoever you tell me 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 such as:
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 360-836-4439.
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.
Compass Counseling uses tiered pricing to keep counseling services affordable for all individuals, couples, and families while also expressing the true cost of private practice counseling services. Regardless of what tier you are able to pay, you will receive the same high quality and expertise in counseling services. Please pick the tier you can afford.
- $110/$120/$130 per 60-minute family counseling session
- Full Session Fee for No Show/Late Cancel (outside of 24 hours)
- $25 Returned Check Fee
- $150 per 60-minute reunification counseling session (plus retainer fee before services start)
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 905 Officers Row, Vancouver, WA 98661
Using GPS or Google maps has been known to take clients to other buildings. If you head east on E Evergreen Blvd you will see the Marshall house two houses down (east) from that you will see a driveway that you can turn into. The driveway is directly between a private residence building and the Vancouver Business Journal. Once on the driveway you will want to turn west (left), follow the driveway all the way down until you see the last building before the stop sign. You can park in any open spot behind this building.
The building will have a sign that says “Empire Hospitality.” Please enter through the front of the building through the door facing E Evergreen Blvd., you will proceed up the stairs and our offices are located at the top of the stairs. Because we am a small private practice we do not have a receptionist for check-in, we complete this process ourselves.
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 360.836.4439, or *email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.