Therapy for:

Children, teens and Families

If your children and family members are struggling, Inside Passage Counseling can help.

Therapy for Children, Teens and Families in Bellingham, Washington.

Now accepting new clients for both in-person and telehealth sessions.

We are here to help.

As parents, we want what’s best for our children and family.

Unfortunately, we don’t always have the tools to know how to navigate the behaviors and emotions of our most precious people.

If your child or teen is experiencing excessive worry or sadness, if you notice sudden changes in mood or academic performance, or if they lack interest in things that used to bring them joy, Inside Passage Counseling can help. Our therapists compassionately work with children, teens, and families to gain the skills and tools they need to regulate emotion, change patterns of thinking, process and heal from past events, develop healthier relationships with one another, and explore potential strategies for navigating  life’s challenges. 

Child Therapy

Are You Concerned For Your Child’s Well-Being And Development?

Does your child worry excessively or seem sad all the time? Have you noticed certain changes in their mood, behavior, or academic performance that you don’t understand? Do they have trouble staying on task, communicating with others, or regulating their anger and emotions?

Perhaps it seems like a battle every morning just to get your child out of bed, through the door, and off to school without some unexplained stomach issue or protest ensuing. Or maybe you’re frustrated because you can see that your child isn’t where they should be developmentally, but you don’t have the tools to help them on your own.

We Understand That, As A Parent, You Just Want What Is Best For Your Child

Fortunately, our staff of well-trained therapists at Inside Passage Counseling can help you understand the challenges your child is facing and equip you with the parenting skills to support them as they grow. In the process, you can deepen your relationship with your child while ensuring they have a chance to develop socially, succeed in school, and simply enjoy their childhood.

Children, Just Like Adults, Can Struggle With Their Mental Health

According to the CDC, millions of children have been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and ADHD symptoms. And for many kids, these conditions are co-occurring.

Unfortunately, the pandemic has created a huge spike in anxiety and depression among children with a 25 percent increase in reported cases. For many kids, the resulting confusion, isolation, and lack of social interaction, which is so crucial to their development, completely disrupted their lives.

They’re also constantly subjected to social norms surrounding success and self-sufficiency, which can create an incredible amount of internalized pressure to excel. Children and their families have to navigate competing demands for time and attention. And then there’s social media and other forces that drive people apart, causing many kids to question their self-worth.

A child’s brain is still undergoing major changes, and it’s nowhere near fully developed yet. So adversity of any kind can have a huge impact on their growth and well-being. The truth is, we live in an adult-centric world, and what children truly need is for parents to shift their perspective into something more compassionate and child-centric.

That’s where we step in. Our highly trained therapists can offer you a new perspective that will help you better understand and relate to your child. At the same time, your child can learn how to regulate their emotions, communicate their needs, and develop healthier relationships with others.

We have success in helping
children, teens and families with:

  • Trauma

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Mood Disorders

  • ADHD

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Transitions

  • Adjusting to divorce

  • Social Challenges

  • Gender Identity

  • Attachment issues

  • Behavior Challenges

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Teen Therapy

Are You Concerned About Your Teenager’s Behavior?

Do you worry that the changes you’re seeing in your teen are more than just a phase or a product of hormones? Has the close connection you once shared evolved into a relationship of defiance or opposition?

Are they having trouble in school, hanging out with the wrong people, or withdrawing from those they love, and you can’t tell if it’s depression or typical teenage behavior?

Perhaps it’s the opposite, and your teen is involved in so many extracurricular activities that you’re afraid they’re sacrificing essential elements of their youth in search of perfection. Or maybe they’re having trouble setting boundaries, feeling safe around others, or managing their emotions after a traumatic experience or loss.

Raising A Teenager Can Be Equally Challenging For Parents

At Inside Passage Counseling, we understand how frustrating it can be to watch your teen struggle. You probably long for the days when you could solve all their problems with a hug and a smile—but their challenges are infinitely different now. And with depression, anxiety, and trauma affecting so many teens, knowing what’s really going on behind symptoms is crucial for ensuring their well-being. Fortunately, teen therapy can help you understand what’s happening and what you can do to support your child. At the same time, working with a counselor can show your teen how to regulate emotions, navigate life transitions, and plan for the future as an adult.

The Teenage Years Are Brutal For Many Kids

Teens are at a critical stage of development where their minds and bodies are evolving in incredible ways. They’re becoming their own person and beginning to self-advocate, make independent decisions, and go in their own direction.

As a parent, that probably means you’re having a hard time letting go. At the same time, your teen is struggling to balance their new sense of autonomy with the fact that they’re still reliant upon you. So there is a lot of natural tension that can develop between parent and child.

But there’s also a huge amount of social pressure that influences how kids think, act, and feel toward themselves. Social media, for instance, produces an immense amount of insecurity and self-esteem issues for teens

The growing awareness of living in a world filled with racism, social unrest, and institutionalized bias creates a deep sense of fear and distrust. And the pandemic completely altered the way teenagers learn, interact socially, and navigate the world. As a result, many kids out there are struggling with trauma, grief, and loss as well.

So it’s essential for teens to understand that they have a parent they can trust. And what parents need is awareness and the tools to support their child in the long run.

That’s where we can help. At Inside Passage Counseling, our highly trained therapists can help your teen heal and grow while giving you the guidance you need to deepen your relationship and safeguard their development.

Our Therapy Methods

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma. Research shows that TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences. TF-CBT helps children address distorted or upsetting beliefs and attributions as well as learn skills in order to help them cope with ordinary life stressors.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma. Research shows that TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences. TF-CBT helps children address distorted or upsetting beliefs and attributions as well as learn skills in order to help them cope with ordinary life stressors.

The Incredible Years

The Incredible Years® is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programs for parents, children, and teachers, supported by over 30 years of research.

The goal is to prevent and treat young children’s behavior problems and promote their social, emotional, and academic competence. The programs are used worldwide in schools and mental health centers, and have been shown to work across cultures and socioeconomic groups.

The Incredible Years

The Incredible Years® is a series of interlocking, evidence-based programs for parents, children, and teachers, supported by over 30 years of research.

The goal is to prevent and treat young children’s behavior problems and promote their social, emotional, and academic competence. The programs are used worldwide in schools and mental health centers, and have been shown to work across cultures and socioeconomic groups.

Hand in Hand Parenting

The Hand in Hand Parenting approach, helps families build a stronger parent-child connection. This strong emotional bond is the hallmark of happy, well-adjusted families. It’s also the soundest way to a better society.

Recent research shows that regardless of background, a close parent-child connection throughout childhood and beyond is the strongest factor in preventing a variety of health and social problems, including young people’s involvement in drugs, violence, and unintended pregnancies.

Deeply listening to a child in distress greatly increases the child’s sense of safety and connection. There’s simply no better way to handle emotional moments. As rewarding as it is, parenting this way requires internal resources. That’s why Hand in Hand has such a strong focus on empowering parents.

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Hand in Hand Parenting

The Hand in Hand Parenting approach, helps families build a stronger parent-child connection. This strong emotional bond is the hallmark of happy, well-adjusted families. It’s also the soundest way to a better society.

Recent research shows that regardless of background, a close parent-child connection throughout childhood and beyond is the strongest factor in preventing a variety of health and social problems, including young people’s involvement in drugs, violence, and unintended pregnancies.

Deeply listening to a child in distress greatly increases the child’s sense of safety and connection. There’s simply no better way to handle emotional moments. As rewarding as it is, parenting this way requires internal resources. That’s why Hand in Hand has such a strong focus on empowering parents.

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy follows the principles and practices of Emotionally Focused Therapy in order to restore connection and promote resilience in family relationships.

The principle goal of EFFT is to re-establish more secure family patterns where attachment and caregiving responses are effective and emotional bonds are repaired.

These resources inform a network of security that provides the flexibility and closeness necessary for families to promote individual growth and meaningful relationships across generations.

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy follows the principles and practices of Emotionally Focused Therapy in order to restore connection and promote resilience in family relationships.

The principle goal of EFFT is to re-establish more secure family patterns where attachment and caregiving responses are effective and emotional bonds are repaired.

These resources inform a network of security that provides the flexibility and closeness necessary for families to promote individual growth and meaningful relationships across generations.

What to expect

We’ll start by building a supportive working relationship so that you can feel safe to open up and explore your inner and outer world. Your therapist will give you suggestions for what to focus on in order to help you reach your goals, but you are ultimately in the driver’s seat in determining where we go in our sessions.

Rates and Insurance

The fees for 50-minute sessions range from $150-$225, depending on the service type and therapist. We are not contracted with health insurance companies and do not bill health insurance directly. However, most of our services are eligible for reimbursement from health insurance companies, and we offer insurance receipts after every session.