Marriage and Couples Therapy

Is your relationship stuck in a vicious cycle of disconnection and misunderstanding?
Marriage and Couples Therapy can help.

Marriage and Couples Therapy

Is your relationship stuck in a vicious cycle of disconnection and misunderstanding?
Marriage and Couples Therapy can help.

Marriage and Couples Therapy in Bellingham, Washington.

You are not alone.

You love each other but struggle to communicate and connect.

You keep trying to work things out but fall back into the same emotional ruts in your relationship. 

You’re intelligent and successful, why does this feel so hard?

You are not alone. 

What you’re experiencing feels frustrating, hopeless, and lonely.

You need someone outside of your relationship—a professional, an experienced guide—who can help you get clearer on what’s happening and show you a way out of your struggles and into positive, new patterns.

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Hi, I'm Heather Varnau, LMHC and Marriage and Couples Therapist at Inside Passage.

I specialize in helping distressed couples who are successful in life but struggling in their relationships—couples like you who, despite your hard work and good intentions, struggle to connect, communicate, and trust each other

Head shot of Heather Varnau, LMHC

Hi, I'm Heather Varnau, LMHC at Inside Passage.

I specialize in helping distressed couples who are successful in life but struggling in their relationships—couples like you who, despite your hard work and good intentions, struggle to connect, communicate, and trust each other

86% of couples report feeling happier.

What makes my approach to Marriage and Couples Therapy so successful?

Like with most things in life, success doesn’t happen over night, it happens through hard work and dedication.

I have spent the last 15 years, and over 20,000 hours, training and practicing my craft in order to give hundreds of couples just like you the best possible chance at success.

Your success is my success.

And I attribute that success to many different things: my therapeutic approach, which is both gentle and fearless, my choice and combination of evidence-based therapies, my warm, non-judgmental presence, and yes, my tireless dedication to hard work. 

86% of couples report feeling happier.

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I am Certified in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). Founded by Dr. Sue Johnson and endorsed by the American Psychological Association as scientifically proven, EFT is the most successful approach to creating loving relationships. 

Whereas other forms of couples therapy have been shown in studies to be only 35% effective in healing relationships, EFT has achieved an astounding 75% success rate. In fact, 86% of couples report feeling happier in their relationships, and the results are long-lasting.

I’m also fully trained in the Gottman Method of couples therapy, which draws from Dr. John Gottman’s 40 years of research on what makes love last. When appropriate, I integrate Gottman Method exercises into my therapy interventions with couples. 

When used together, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Gottman Method Couples Therapy pack a powerful punch in giving couples the best interventions and tools for healing and reconnection.

I am Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). Founded by Dr. Sue Johnson and endorsed by the American Psychological Association as scientifically proven, EFT is the most successful approach to creating loving relationships. 

Whereas other forms of couples therapy have been shown in studies to be only 35% effective in healing relationships, EFT has achieved an astounding 75% success rate. In fact, 86% of couples report feeling happier in their relationships, and the results are long-lasting.

I’m also fully trained in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy, which draws from Dr. John Gottman’s 40 years of research on what makes love last. When appropriate, I integrate Gottman Method exercises into my therapy interventions with couples. 

When used together, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Gottman Method Couples Therapy pack a powerful punch in giving couples the best interventions and tools for healing and reconnection.

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How does Marriage and Couples Therapy
work at Inside Passage?

Marriage and Couples Therapy starts with a 50-minute initial couple’s session, followed by a 50-minute individual session for each partner. During these initial sessions we will assess your needs and set individual goals for your relationship. From there, we will continue with weekly or biweekly couple sessions to help your relationship continue growing and reaching your goals. 

While each and every case is different, I typically recommend 12-30 sessions for relationship recovery. 

Pricing and Fees

 By preserving and strengthening your bond, you’ll be investing in a dividend that keeps on giving. 

Improve the quality of your life, your family’s cohesion, and your own emotional well-being, TODAY.

$200 for 1 hour

Insurance: While I’m not contracted with insurance companies and don’t bill insurance directly, you may be eligible to receive reimbursement from your insurance company for out-of-network services. I can help you with this.

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