Join the Team!

Inside Passage Relationship Counseling
is looking to expand our team.

Are you a dedicated counselor or therapist who feels isolated in private practice?

Are you worried that working in an agency setting is leading to burnout?

Would you like the comfort of working in your own private practice, among a community of therapists who support you, with full administrative support?

Would you like the ability to earn your desired income and strike your desired work-life balance?

Inside Passage Relationship Counseling in Bellingham, Washington is looking to add to our collective of independent therapists.

Are you:

By joining our collective you can focus on what you love: providing rewarding, effective therapy for individuals, couples, or families without the legal and administrative stress of scheduling, paperwork, marketing and billing.

We support our team through:


We take care of all scheduling and rescheduling of clients so that you can have your ideal schedule.


We take care of billing and collecting fees so that you don't have to worry about invoices and accounts payable.


Whether it's a part-time or full-time case load you desire, we take care of marketing and promoting your services.

Intake & Documentation

We will send out and collect all of your intake forms so that you have what you need prior to meeting with clients. All you have to do is document your sessions in an easy to use electronic platform.

HIPAA Compliance

We provide a fully HIPAA compliant telehealth platform, phone number, and email.

Administrative Support

We'll make sure your clients have excellent customer service by handling all non-clinical client communication throughout the entire client journey, from start to finish.

Excellent Reputation

94% of our clients state that they would recommend our therapy services.

Optional Clinical Consultation

We offer opportunities for clinical consultation in a number of modalities, including Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and mindfulness-based psychotherapy.

Ongoing Trainings

We believe in supporting our therapists in their ongoing educational journey.

At Inside Passage Relationship Counseling, we believe that the quality of our lives is only as good as the strength of our relationships.

Inside Passage Counseling was founded in 2006 by Heather Varnau, LMHC, Certified EFT Couples Therapist and Supervisor-in-Training, Certified IFS Therapist and IFS Institute Approved IFS Clinical Consultant, and Gottman Method Therapist. We specialize in relationship counseling for individuals, couples, and families using evidence-based and empirically validated therapy methods. 

We currently have nine licensed therapists/supervisors in our collective and a full-time administrative assistant. Inside Passage Relationship Counseling is looking to expand the scope of our practice by working with additional therapists who gravitate toward attachment-oriented, trauma-informed, mindfulness-based, and relational modalities of therapy for individuals, couples, and families.

Minimum Requirements

Desired Qualifications

Our Mission

At Inside Passage Counseling, we believe in the power of compassion, curiosity, connection, clarity and courage to heal the internal relationship to oneself and the primary relationships in one’s life. It is our mission to help clients build secure bonds through empirically and clinically validated therapy methods so that they can experience the warmth and well-being that comes with deep, authentic connection. 

Meet our Service Providers

Therapists listed in alphabetical order.

Inside Passage is a collective of independent clinicians who are are well-trained in evidence-based therapies and empirically validated methods. Therapists are carefully chosen by our founder, Heather Varnau, MA, LMHC for their passion, quality of character, and advanced training and skill in highly effective therapy methods.

Karen Anderson, MS, LMHC

Karen is an AAMFT-approved clinical supervisor, drug and alcohol counselor, and Certified EMDR Trauma Therapist with over 14 years of professional experience. She is a Brene Brown Certified Daring Way workshop facilitator and trained in multiple couples therapy modalities, including Imago Relationship Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). With a compassionate and direct style, Karen builds a safe and solid relationship with her clients that supports them in implementing the changes they desire in their lives. 

Available by telehealth only.

Stephanie Bracamonte, LMFT

Stephanie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of professional, clinical  experience. Taking a systemic approach to improving family dynamics and communication, reducing conflict and building connection, Stephanie works with couples, families and individuals to promote self-awareness and personal growth. With a kind, non-judgmental, and direct style, Stephanie has advanced training in a variety of models including Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and Gottman Method Therapy.

Merry Capozzolo, MS, LMHC

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington state, Merry has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and Lifespan Integration Therapy. Merry specializes in guiding couples, families and individuals through the challenges that come with transitions, loss and trauma. Using attachment-based, trauma-informed approaches, she will walk alongside you, helping you to regulate strong emotions, strengthen your most important relationships, and grow your personal confidence.

Laura Gambrel, PhD, LMHC

Laura has over 16 years of professional experience as an advanced clinician, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, researcher, and scholar.  As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Laura brings a holistic and systemic approach to working with clients, and specializes in helping couples transform communication patterns and strengthen their  connection. With a warm, grounded, and direct style, Laura has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method Couples Therapy,  PREPARE/ENRICH, and Mindfulness Instruction.

Available by telehealth only.

Carla Mullins, MA, LMHC

Carla has 25 combined years’ experience in the human services, counseling, and education sectors. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State and trained in a number of different methods, including DBT, Trauma-Focused CBT, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). Carla draws from her experience as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and specializes in trauma, attachment, and life transitions. With a mindful, attentive style, Carla also has an extensive understanding of topics related to addiction recovery, codependency, relationship issues, and parenting. 

Emily Patterson, LICSW, LMSW

Emily is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker dedicated to supporting her clients in their desire to find more wholeness, aliveness, acceptance, and peace within themselves. Utilizing multiple modalities including CBT, Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy, EMDR, AEDP, and mindfulness techniques, Emily works with individual adult clients recovering from trauma and PTSD, life transitions, doubt, grief, anxiety, overwhelm, and fear. With a grounded, non-judgmental, and skillful style, Emily successfully collaborates with her clients to heal and recover from painful life events and meet their personal goals.

Jeni Quigg, MA, MHCA

Jeni graduated with a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy 20 years ago and has has worked in a variety of settings. Jeni now works in private practice with individual adults and families, providing self-soothing techniques, deep trauma release work, mind-body collaboration in healing for autoimmune disease, and mindfulness instruction. With a warm, flexible, and welcoming style, Jeni has advanced training in Pain Reprocessing Therapy for chronic pain, Hand in Hand Parenting, and Trauma Release Therapy. Her passion is helping clients learn how to connect to their most wise and compassionate self.

Megan Rhea, MS, LMHC

Coming from a background in education, Megan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Master’s degree in Marital and Family therapy. Using attachment informed methods, Megan is passionate about helping individuals and couples reach their full potential, both within themselves and within their most important relationships. With a warm, safe, and comforting style, Megan has advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT), and Gottman Method Couples Therapy. 

Keri Wallace, MA, LMHC

Keri is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 20 years of experience in a variety of settings. Keri specializes in working with couples, teens, individual adults, and families. She treats complex trauma and PTSD, relationship issues, and challenges around divorce, co-parenting, and blended families. Trained in a number of different methods including Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and EMDR, Keri provides her clients with a safe, stable, supportive environment and guides them toward new perspectives, stimulating a greater sense of self-worth and connection. 

Compensation & Benefits

Therapists who join Inside Passage are able to earn a six figure gross income by seeing 20 + clients per week.

Supportive therapist community

Free consultation groups for Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS) and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)

Pay increases, based on gaining additional training, experience, and client load

Monthly peer consultation

Training opportunities provided

Investment in therapist

To Apply:

Please send your CV and letter of interest to Heather Varnau, LMHC at . In your letter, please tell us why you want to join our team, your education, trainings you have attended, ideal client population and your client focus. Please include a statement about your commitment to equity and inclusion.

We look forward to hearing from you!