Welcome to Inside Passage Relationship Counseling

Whether you are in search of individual therapy or couples therapy, Inside Passage Counseling can help.

Welcome to Inside Passage Relationship Counseling

Whether you are in search of individual therapy or couples therapy, Inside Passage Counseling can help.

About Inside Passage Relationship Counseling

Licensed Mental Health Counselors in Bellingham, WA.
Now accepting new clients for both in-person and online sessions. 

Since 1938, the Harvard Study of Adult Development has been investigating what makes people flourish. It’s the longest in-depth longitudinal study on human life ever done, and from this research comes a simple and profound conclusion: Good relationships lead to health and happiness. 

At Inside Passage Relationship Counseling, we know that deep, loving connections–with yourself, and within your closest relationships–lead to vibrant mental, emotional, and physical health. That’s why, since 2006 we’ve been leaders in providing high-quality relationship counseling that can truly strengthen and revitalize your well-being. 

Whether you are experiencing problems in your personal, professional or intimate life, Inside Passage Counseling can help you learn to mindfully explore the inner paths of your heart so that you can live a more authentically connected, healthy life.

Our Mission

At Inside Passage Counseling, it is our mission to help clients build secure bonds within themselves and within their most important relationships through empirically and clinically validated therapy methods.  Our deepest hope is to act as a beacon that guides our clients toward the well-being that comes with deep, authentic connection. 

Inside Passage Counseling Services

Inside Passage Relationship Counseling is focused on providing the highest quality counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. Our specialty focus is supporting healthy, healing relationships with one’s self (emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and body), and with one’s most important primary relationships (partner, spouse, children, parents, and family).

Therapy for:

Couples and

  • Communication
  • Emotional Connection
  • Sexual Connection
  • Infidelity and Betrayal
  • Trust Issues
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Fertility, Preparing for Childbirth, and the Postpartum Period
  • Life Transitions
  • Remarriage

Adult and Teen

  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Pain Reprocessing
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Grief
  • Postpartum Depression or Anxiety
  • Life transitions
  • Sexuality
  • Self-Identity
  • Relationship Issues
  • Boundaries
  • Addiction Recovery
  • Codependency
  • Emotional Regulation


  • Trauma
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Communication
  • Death or Grief
  • Illness
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Life Transitions
  • Adjusting to divorce
  • Social Challenges
  • Gender Identity
    Attachment issues
    Behavior Challenges

Inside Passage Therapists strive to:

Meet Our Therapists

Therapists are listed in alphabetical order.

Inside Passage Relationship Counseling is a group of WA State licensed counselors and therapists. The therapists on the Inside Passage team boast a wide variety of training in evidence-based therapies such as Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and trauma therapies such as EMDR and Pain Reprocessing Therapy.

Our therapists are hand-selected by our founder Heather Varnau, LMHC for their quality of character and dedication to  mindfulness-based, attachment-oriented, trauma-informed approaches to working with individuals, couples, and families.

Meet the Founder

Hi, I'm Heather Varnau, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and founder of Inside Passage Relationship Counseling.

I'm so glad you are here.

After 20 years of clinical practice, thousands of hours of training and hundreds of clients, I’ve shifted my focus to supporting a high-quality team of therapists at Inside Passage Relationship Counseling. The independent providers on our team share common values of client-centered care, passion for providing effective therapy, a warm, non-judgmental attitude, and commitment to equity and inclusion.

Whether you’re an individual in distress, part of a partnership struggling to find common ground, or a family looking to navigate your particular situation, we can help.

licensed mental health counselor
Licensed Mental Health Counselors in Bellingham, WA.
Now accepting new clients for both in-person and online sessions.
Combined Education and Training

Getting Started

Often the most important step you will ever take is the first one. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to get the assistance you need.

Call Today

Our professional scheduling team will answer your questions and help you find the right therapist. 

Initial Session

We’ll schedule an initial session with your therapist so you can discuss your goals and how the therapist can help.

Recurring Sessions

If it’s a good fit, we’ll schedule recurring sessions weekly or biweekly to help you meet your goals.

Professional Endorsements

"I am a healthcare professional of over 2 decades, with a degree in Psychology. Having this level of professional experience has made my standards very high! I can honestly say that Inside Passage Relationship Counseling is the best counseling experience I have ever had. I have been a client here for several years now. My personal life, relationship, and professional relationships have significantly benefitted from the innovative care, insights, and direction I have received. Life is hard, but you don't have to do it alone! I strongly recommend Inside Passage Relationship Counseling to anyone seeking relationship or personal support in their journey."​


"Thank you so much for the WONDERFUL and enlightening time that you gave us. I am so happy that we invested in our relationship and could not envision anyone else walking beside us as we gathered information that we will carry with us forever.
If you've ever wondered or questioned whether you have chosen the right professional path for yourself, let me assure you that you are right where you belong!"


"Thank you for saving our marriage. We were really in a bad spot with no hope left. You were able to wake us up and pull us out. THANK YOU!!


Rates and Insurance

The fees for 50-minute sessions range from $160-$225, depending on the service type and therapist. We are not contracted with health insurance companies and do not bill health insurance directly. We provide insurance receipts for individual counseling, only. We’re sorry but we do not provide insurance receipts for couples therapy.

Are you ready for lasting change?

Schedule an initial session today.