Individual Counseling 2017-08-18T03:53:22+00:00

Individual Therapy & Counseling in Vancouver, WA

Counseling for Men & Women

At its best, counseling is collaborative and interactive. By creating a warm, non-judgmental environment you will have the safe space to explore any historical experiences that are limiting you. By helping you to understand your life in new ways, we will help guide you to greater healing and happiness.

Sometimes you need to talk to someone when you feel like you cannot do it alone. There are times you need to talk to a professional even if you have advice offered by family or friends. You don’t have to struggle alone.

Individual relationship counseling sessions can be a stand-alone service or can be used as a helpful compliment to family counseling or couples counseling.

In Individual Counseling Sessions Our Counselors Can Help You

  • Attain clarity regarding life roles and relationships
  • Develop assertiveness skills that will help you get your needs met
  • Improve your ability to communicate clearly and affectively in important relationships
  • Understand and manage strong feelings of anger, anxiety, worry or sadness
  • Learn new ways of coping with stress in relationships, work or school
  • Define meaning and purpose for your work and family life
  • Heal through past traumas
  • Increase a sense of peace and enjoyment in day-to-day life

What to Expect


Counseling offers individuals a safe space to explore things in their life that may not be working for them. It is a healthy and self-caring way to work on oneself and learn better ways handle one’s thoughts, feelings, relationships, home and work life. Together we can look at barriers to creating the change you are seeking and implement those changes.

For some it is a much-needed space to engage in open dialogue about relationships in their lives. For others it is a safe space to decompress and move past trauma. A secondary perk is this offers you a safe place in which you can practice self-care on a regular basis. The most important thing you can expect is to know that you will achieve your desired healing if you come to counseling consistently and engage in the process in a vulnerable way knowing you are in a safe place.

There are times when both partners are not on board with therapy, and there are many reasons for this. however, the good news is that positive changes can still happen whether you are coming in individually or with your spouse.

In individual relationship counseling you will begin to discover your true worth and begin to respect yourself. 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 a relationship.

Why Choose Us

  • Our counselors each have specialities in certain areas of mental wellness and stages of life
  • Comfortable and private nurturing environment that give’s the feeling of sitting in one’s living room
  • We can also help you manage the symptoms of relational problems that are creating distress in your life
  • During our work together we will uncover your unique talents and the sensational love that you bring to a relationship
  • We can help you in creating and maintaining a happy and healthy intimate relationship

Common Reasons YOU Might Seek Counseling

  • Improve Communication
  • Learn Conflict Management
  • Divorce
  • Successful in business, unsuccessful in relationships
  • Major Life Changes or Trauma
  • Feeling overwhelmed with life and work
  • Sensing loneliness or isolation
  • Noticing anxiety or stress
  • Experiencing relationship struggles
  • Having parent-child concerns
  • Struggling with low self-esteem

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.

  • $80 per 60-minute individual counseling session
  • Full Session Fee for No Show/Late Cancel (outside of 24 hours)
  • $25 Returned Check Fee

Individual therapy is an investment in yourself. How important is it to you to have a healthy relationships with those around you? What is it worth to you?

If you are seeking individual 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 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 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 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.

If you are trying to decide if you should engage in relationship or couples counseling vs. individual counseling, you are in the right place. While there isn’t always a clear answer to this question, we can assure you that whether or not you attend with your partner, we will bring many contexts “into the room” regardless of physical presence. What this means to us, is simply that if you are experiencing relationship problems but wish to engage in individual counseling, it’s okay!

We can begin to address some of the most challenging aspects of your relationship in individual counseling. If you are in a relationship, but your partner does not wish to attend counseling, that’s also okay! You can engage in your own individual healing process and know that it will likely transform aspects of your relationship on it’s own.

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 individuals; however, not all have completed their education and training in marriage and family relationship issues. Ask if they have had courses in relationship therapy.

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 effectively work with the delicate nature of intimate relationships.

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.


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 in systemic 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 so that you are receiving state-of-the-art treatment.

Individual therapy sessions are 60 minutes, allowing time for deep and meaningful 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 full rate fee that is charged to the client.

If you have any other questions, please contact us

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