Marriage and Couples Therapy

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 in so many other areas of your life, why is does this feel so hard?

You are not alone. 

What you’re experiencing can feel 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 help you find a way out of your struggles and into positive, new patterns.

female couple and individuals counselor in Bellingham, Washington

Hi, I'm Heather Varnau, LMHC,

and 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.

My Approach

My therapeutic approach is the perfect balance between gentleness and fearlessness. 

Combining evidence-based therapies with my warm, non-judgmental presence, I’ll coach you through the missing conversations that’ll guide you to getting back being on the same team. 

I’ve spent 15 years and over 15,000 hours training and practicing my craft in order to give hundreds of couples like you the best possible chance at a successful relationship.

By providing a space for you to be fully human, I’ll give your relationship the safety-net it needs to both reconnect and flourish.

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.

86% of couples report feeling happier.

How does Inside Passage
Marriage and Couples Therapy work?

Every couple will start with an 80-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 sessions to help your relationship continue growing toward reaching your goals. 

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

Couple hugging while in a green house after reconnecting with couples therapy
Client Gratitude
"Thank you so very much for creating a safe place, helping us navigate through our areas of conflict, and more importantly analyzing and putting our cycle into such clarity. You truly have an amazing talent. We are eternally grateful for your help and especially the hard work you are doing to ultimately generate the positive ripple effect it puts into the world.”
“We both got so much out of our 3-day Intensive with you... It was our first therapy session together, we really bonded to you & your way of re-connecting us back to each other, I'm not sure how to quite thank you for all that you have done for our marriage. I know we are still new to this path of repair and re-connection, but we are both determined and dedicated to it. You are an amazing therapist, Heather!
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.

$175 for 1 hour, $225 for 1.5 hours

Insurance: While I’m not currently contracted with insurance companies and don’t bill insurance directly, you may be eligible to receive reimbursement from your insurance company for a portion of my fee. I can help you with this.

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