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You know how people get repeatedly stuck and hurt in relationships and don't know what to do? I help with that. I listen to you and help you get unstuck. I help you figure out how to heal from your hurt and create new positive ways to do relationships.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a PhD In Psychology. I see clients in the Vancouver, WA. Portland Metro and Olympia-Tacoma areas of western Washington. 

I have a passion for growth and healing, and for helping people surmount obstacles and live into the direction of their dreams. I’ve seen and worked with a wide range of common mental health issues– such as stress and anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, addiction, behavioral issues, relationship problems, and life transitions–and I have the following areas of special interest and expertise:

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  • Family Therapy

  • Teens

  • Men’s Issues

  • Anger, Aggression, and Productive Conflict

  • Balancing Emotional Intimacy and Healthy Boundaries

  • Integrity, Self-Esteem, and Empowerment

  • Creativity and Personal Growth

  • Life Coaching

  • Couples therapy

  • Emotional intimacy

  • Needs vs. Wants

My counseling style is warm, interactive, compassionately direct, holistic, and grounded in my experience of what actually works. I welcome you to browse my website for more information About Me and my Services.


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R. J. Garis - The Garis Agency


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If you've ever thought to yourself, "there's gotta be an easier way...am I going crazy...why won't these kids just do what they're told..." you are not alone. Thousands of parents and families over thousands of years have struggled with parenting. So know that you are not alone!

If you are a divorced parent trying to co-parent with a former partner who you may or may not get along with, parenting gets even more difficult. Divorce is not just emotionally hard on you, it's also hard on kids.


Parenting is possibly the one area in life that we are supposed to just do when a baby shows up. We are supposed to take what we learned in our own upbringing and just transfer that to the next generation.

Well, if you grew up in a home with absent parents...abusive siblings...no boundaries, what you see as effective parenting could be a very skewed. Add opinionated friends and in-laws and things could feel hopeless for you as a parent.

Many professions have coaches and business consultants attached to them. This is because no one is simply born an expert. People become experts over time and then share their knowledge with others. I believe parenting is no different.

As a parenting and family coach, I value your expertise on your family. You are the one who was there from the beginning. This is the thing that often creates blind spots which I can help with. 

I offer something unique. You don't come to me, I come to you. I make myself available for a 1-5 day hands on experience. I will coach you and your family on how to interact appropriately with one another. You can get back to loving your kid rather than controlling and demanding things from them. 

Whether you have a high-conflict relationship or no conflict at all let's talk more and get your family relationships back on track!