Family Counseling Services in Des Moines, WA.

Find a family therapist in Des Moines, Washington. Effective help for relationships, blended families, family of origin and other issues.


Michelle Barenchi, MA, LMFT
Family Therapist

Michelle Barenchi, MA, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

In 98103 - Nearby to Des Moines.

Even the happiest families hit speed bumps along the way. Sometimes tension can build in the home, or you feel less like a family unit. The family system continues to shift and develop as new dynamics and expectations grow. As you age, as your children age, and as the world around you changes, it’s important for the family system to adjust, and for communication patterns to shift. In family therapy with me, we will examine relationship patterns, ones that have transcended through generations and ones that are created between current family members. We will create new ways of relating and communicating to improve the overall functioning of the family as a whole system. Together, as a family, you have the capacity to create new and healthy patterns that...(view profile to read more)

Tom Eggert, MA, LMHC
Family Therapist

Tom Eggert, MA, LMHC

Licenced Mental Health Counselor

In 98107 - Nearby to Des Moines.

Family therapy is one of my favorite and most challenging parts of my practice. I work from a family systems background. Working together we look at all parts of the family picture; past and present. It is very useful to include as many members as are willing to take part in the process. The systems approach allows for all aspects to be looked at including any generational abuse, neglect and family trends over time.

Sheryl Brown, MS, LMFT
Family Therapist

Sheryl Brown, MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 98027 - Nearby to Des Moines.

Many times, couples come in to see me for their interpersonal relationships, starting with the two of them. If they have children, they are often concerned about the effect their problems are having on the kids, and would like to see them receive help from the counselor as well. As a Marriage & Family Therapist, I am equipped to have the children join our sessions. Call me at 425 652-1413 if you would like your children included in the therapeutic process.

Kevin Fleming Ph.D.
Family Therapist

Kevin Fleming Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

In 98188 - Nearby to Des Moines.

Most family therapists inadvertently create more chaos through their well-intentioned efforts to assist a family move through a change process. Why? Brains are inherently deregulated (all of us, may I add) and most talking and dialoguing misses brain-centric problems that need more intensive help. Many times the emotional trauma created by years of solving problems ineffectively can wreak havoc on the brain's parasympathetic nervous system, not ever giving the family a break from flight or fight thinking. Contact us for an innovative neuroscience solution to family dysfunction. Kevin@kevinflemingphd.com or 877-606-6161.

Lois Ridgley, MS, LMFT
Family Therapist

Lois Ridgley, MS, LMFT

Marriage and Family Counselor

In 98446 - Nearby to Des Moines.

When one person in a family makes a change or has a problem, there is a ripple effect--sometimes that's for the better and sometimes 'not so much'! I pay attention to the hierarchies and help parents take on the roles that work best when raising children. This is particularly important in blended family situations. Sometimes its important to have a counseling session with all the family members and other times with just the parents.

Doug McClosky, MS,LMFT
Family Therapist

Doug McClosky, MS,LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 98004 - Nearby to Des Moines.

I help families find ways to encourage one another while working toward shared goals. Between first hand experience in residential care and as a family therapist, I have nearly 30 years of experience working with exceptionally challenging children. I teach strategies that minimize conflict through patience, respect, and understanding. Families experience a dramatic drop in conflict begin to look forward to their time together.

Heath Foster, MA, MS, LMFT
Family Therapist

Heath Foster, MA, MS, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

In 98040 - Nearby to Des Moines.

Virginia Satir, an early pioneer of family therapy, said, “Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.” My approach in working with families honors her idea that everyone in the family has an incredible worth and something to contribute. I strive in family therapy to increase the connectedness and trust between partners, siblings and parents and their children so that the family becomes a place all members thrive.

Alison Davis, MA, LMHC, CSAT, EMDR
Family Therapist

Alison Davis, MA, LMHC, CSAT, EMDR

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

In 98042 - Nearby to Des Moines.

I am the director of Meridian Counseling Services in Kent where I have a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist on staff. He uses a systems therapy approach to working with families. He specializes in couples, older children, adolescents/teenagers, parenting concerns, and step-family dynamics. Please visit our website to find out more: www.meridiancounselingservices.com.

Marcie Klevens, MA, LMHCA
Family Therapist

Marcie Klevens, MA, LMHCA

Psychotherapist

In 98103 - Nearby to Des Moines.

My extensive training in family systems theory helps me to promote better understanding and collaboration between family members. When one or more individuals are having problems I will help you understand them through focusing on family patterns as well as the parts played by individuals. We will come up with ideas and new ways of behaving based on deeper understanding of everyone’s contributing role within the family system. My goal is to help your family become a strong connected support system for any member in need of extra care.

Doreen Gaffney, MA, MHP, LMHC
Family Therapist

Doreen Gaffney, MA, MHP, LMHC

Psychotherapist

In 98103 - Nearby to Des Moines.

My approach will draw from the Family Systems Model. The family dynamic is an intricate system created by the members involved and their individual histories. We will spend time looking at attachment styles and the roles each member plays in the family. I also have extensive experience with families dealing with a member having a mental illness.

Karen Morton, LMHC
Family Therapist

Karen Morton, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

In 98103 - Nearby to Des Moines.

I help hurting families heal. Often tensions are high and emotions can flare, but in the counseling room I work as a referee and guide to the words and emotions that need to be shared. I ask everyone involved to see the counseling room as a safe place and to honor the desire for peace. Some of the families I work with are in the process of a divorce. The session is used to help explain to the children, in language that is age appropriate, that their parents are separating, but it is not their fault and they are still going to be taken care of. This work is important to reduce the trauma of the divorce and create a healthier post-divorce family.

Laura Wallace, PhD, LMFT
Family Therapist

Laura Wallace, PhD, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

In 98023 - Nearby to Des Moines.

Relationships are some of the most shaping aspects of a person's world. Family therapy considers improving people's relationships as the most way to improve their lives. Whether it is better communication with a partner, warmer interactions between a parent and child, confronting a caretaker about abuse or neglect, or finding forgiveness for hurting someone you love, family therapy uses a system's approach to shape your relationships into what you want them to be.

Paul Duke, MA, LMHC, S-PSB
Family Therapist

Paul Duke, MA, LMHC, S-PSB

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

In 98402 - Nearby to Des Moines.

Family Therapy can be one of the most dynamic ways to engage healing - sometimes in unexpected ways. In Family Therapy, each member of the family has the opportunity to learn about the (usually unspoken) rules governing how the family operates, and specifically how they have fit into, or chafed against the family rules and systems. In some cases, the family will encounter how a family member has been identified as the main problem. They will also learn how their relationships within the family are connected to what has been covertly and overtly passed on from generations before them.

Jason Soto, MA, LMFT
Family Therapist

Jason Soto, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

In 98371 - Nearby to Des Moines.

I help couples to come to a consensus, to get on the same page, when it comes to raising children, to truly present themselves as a parenting unit, and thus have a more peaceful and rewarding family life. Our children have enough friends in their lives, what they truly need from us is to loving confident, and united parents. I can help you to achieve that.

Sean Jackson, MA, LMHC
Family Therapist

Sean Jackson, MA, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

In 98109 - Nearby to Des Moines.

Often there are times when our very family seems to be falling apart. It can feel hopeless and it can be easy to pin the blame on one or two people in a family. In my work with families, I seek to explore each members' unique voice and contribution to the struggles that our occurring. I find that when this is engaged and in an honest and open way, the issues are able to be addressed and worked through for the benefit of all. However, it often requires a therapist who can see from another perspective to help a family move together in a different direction together.

Alena Davis, LMFTA
Family Therapist

Alena Davis, LMFTA

Marriage and Family Therapist

In 98042 - Nearby to Des Moines.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in the state of Washington. I specialize in working from a systemic angle, which means I consider how your family, peer, and community networks have played a role in your development. In addition to working with individuals, I frequently work and treat entire families to promote healing on multiple levels.

Folktown Counseling, LMHC
Family Therapist

Folktown Counseling, LMHC

Licensed Therapists

In 98107 - Nearby to Des Moines.

As a relational therapist I typically work individually with you and do not meet with other members of your family. However we will discuss family dynamics and family or origin issues in the course of our work together. As we identify family issues we may at times role-play to give you the practice of representing yourself differently with your family. I see the role of your family of origin to be vital in understanding you as a client and the way in which you relate to others. As people we are molded from our relationships and our family is our first and most foundational relationship in our lives. Naturally we take on patterns of our family subconsciously. My work aims to help make

Israella Kleiman, MA, LMFT
Family Therapist

Israella Kleiman, MA, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist, AAMFT Supervisor, Clinical Director

In 98166 - Nearby to Des Moines.

Conflicts between family members can be complex and emotionally charged. If recent life changes, parenting challenges, emotional disorders, or behavior problems are straining relationships within your family, professional treatment could be extremely beneficial. Family history, relationship issues and communication patterns and styles are explores as well as individual experiences and perspectives. The therapist will work with the family towards a greater understanding between the family members. Family therapy includes work with divorced families, blended families, single-parent families, and various constellations of family. All types of families are respected and welcome.

Anavadya Taylor, MSW
Family Therapist

Anavadya Taylor, MSW

Individual, Relationship and Group Counselor

In 98004 - Nearby to Des Moines.

-decrease fighting, bickering and tension in daily life -dismantle unhealthy family dynamics -foster respect for differences -encourage honest and direct communication -enhance openhearted and honest relationships -fortify the husband/wife partnership -support development of healthy children -increase happiness and peace of mind -located in Bellevue/Kirkland Vicinity

Carolyn Ratley, LMFT, CMHS
Family Therapist

Carolyn Ratley, LMFT, CMHS

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 98466 - Nearby to Des Moines.

I believe in the healing power of family. It is essential to work with parents and caregivers in helping a child/adolescent heal. It is important to strengthen the family, help with communication, and provide tools for healing and better understanding among its members. I feel it is important to give each family member a voice and create respect for one another.

Julie Holt, MA, LMHC
Family Therapist

Julie Holt, MA, LMHC

Psychotherapist

In 98102 - Nearby to Des Moines.

There are times when families realize that something needs to shift in their life before arguments or conflict or complete silence can stop. Together we will look at the patterns within your family, figure out what creates what, and get you all through this situation. Maybe a child is acting out or maybe a parent is at their wit's end or maybe you think that something is just not right in the family. In any case, it's likely that I can and will help you.

Colleen Hilton, MA, LMFT
Family Therapist

Colleen Hilton, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

In 98101 - Nearby to Des Moines.

The family is a unique social group with its own structure and patterns of communication and interaction. How families interact is affected by many things including beliefs and values, individual differences of family members and influences from the outside world including extended family, work and the community. Using family systems based therapies our counselors consider each individuals needs while partnering with the family to create positive changes. Let us help your family increasing communication and conflict management skills, navigate through family changes and transitions and create understanding and insight while working through difficult situations.

Shawn Berthel, M.S., LCMHC
Family Therapist

Shawn Berthel, M.S., LCMHC

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

In 98402 - Nearby to Des Moines.

Family Therapy is done from a holistic systems perspective. We examine the challenges you experience as a family, the dynamics of communication, the age of the children involved, and the relationship issues between the members in the family unit. This requires everyone to be open, honest, and reflective, and to be willing to try new ideas. Supportive resources are also provided to enhance the counseling work done in this practice.

Gary Mayne, MA, LMHCA
Family Therapist

Gary Mayne, MA, LMHCA

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate

In 98405 - Nearby to Des Moines.

Families can be complicated, but I find that finding simple keys to good communication provide the foundation to re-build the house. Jus as a river bends, each family member has a different experience as they navigate the same river as their family members depending on the path down it they navigate. Through sharing individual emotions and experiences of similar life events, communication can improve which leads to happier families.

Linda James, M.Ed.,MS
Family Therapist

Linda James, M.Ed.,MS

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 98115 - Nearby to Des Moines.

Family relationships form the beginnings of all other relationships in our life. Learn tools and understanding on improving communication and positive feelings in your home. Difficult relationships can be changed and family members that are stressed can find relief and new patterns of coping. Getting help for your family will pave the road for a healthier home life and the ability for each member to nurture their future relationships.



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Thank you for visiting our Washington search of licensed family therapists in Des Moines.  Discord due from strife, marital problems, sibling rivalry, family of origin issues and blended families (just to name a few) can strain and hurt loving relationships. Counseling with honesty and depth will get to the heart of the issues and work towards healing. Find resolution for your family in Des Moines right now, please contact a specialist above, you can email 24/7.

Des Moines is located in King County, Washington. It has a land area of 6.49 square miles and a water area of 0.00 square miles.  The population of Des Moines is 31,221 people with 11,490 households and a median annual income of $58,057. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for Des Moines, WA

Affordable with Planning

Therapy in Des Moines is generally within financial reach for the average family, but some budget planning may be needed for a real commitment to weekly counseling. Remember that your mental health and happiness are important. Check with your Des Moines therapist about insurance coverage or ask about sliding scale fees if there are any difficulties with accessibility. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local Des Moines public health department.