Reunification Therapy

Reunification Therapy

In the context of high conflict separation or divorce and for any number of reasons a child can lose contact with a parent, or otherwise experience a rupture or strain in the relationship with a parent. Sometimes the loss can seem senseless to one parent, and to another can be seen as a response to real harm or neglect. In addition, many parents attempt to use the litigation process to resolve the ordeal associated with the loss of a parent-child relationship, either to restore the relationship that was lost or to protect a child believed to be at risk.

Reunification Therapy is an important service, to not only to help restore “healthy” parent-child relationships while managing “risk”, but to set a foundation to support the ongoing relationship and minimize the potential for future disruption.

Reunification Therapy is an alternative way to address this issue outside of litigation in a more effective way. It does this through bridging the benefits of court direction/oversight and psychotherapeutic support in a way that neither could do as well alone.

NW Family Psychology has several skilled providers in SW Washington; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington areas who provide this service, and do so through working with the entire family system.

Our Approach

Reunification Therapy is a “full family” (both parents and the child(ren) involved) therapeutic approach to address parent-child relationship breakdown. To address the problem at this level each member of the family can make a contribution to meeting the objectives of restoring and protecting (healthy relationships). In some cases, other family (grandparents, cousins, step-parents, siblings) may be asked to participate.

Reunification Therapy is a multimodal therapeutic approach to address the reasons behind parent-child relationships problems.

This includes a tailored therapeutic approach working with any combination of family members, psychoeducation about high conflict dynamics, experiential approaches to rebuild relationships, and individual work to address the risk and maintenance factors to ruptured relationships.

Due to the risks involved in doing family counseling in the context of a domestic relations matter, this therapy is court ordered.  Therapy cannot begin without the proper order in place to support the process.

The objective of the family intervention is to support your family to overcome the ordeal that keeps you “stuck.”

What Is Needed To Start?

If your family would benefit from this service please give us a call for information on what is needed to start.


Our Providers, who offer this service

SW Washington
Michael Altig, MA, LMHC

Michael Altig, MA, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health counselor in the state of Washington (LH 6087). He has a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from Chapman University. Michael has been providing child and family therapy services to the people of Vancouver, Clark County, and the Portland area since 1996.

Portland, Oregon
Brenden Behling, MA, LPC

Brenden Behling, MA, LPC, is an intern at NW Family Psychology. He has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Multnomah University. Brenden has strong interest in the interplay between psychology and law, with a focus in domestic relations. Regarding therapy, Brenden utilizes evidenced based practices, and a client-centered approach in identifying individual, couple, and family goals, and collaborates to create meaningful methods in attaining those goals.

Landon Poppleton, PhD, JD

Landon Poppleton, PhD, JD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Oregon (1999), Washington (PY 60041144) and Utah. Since 2001 he has worked with adults, families, and children in divorce and separation. He is trained in the “scientist-practitioner model,” where his assessment and clinical practice is informed by social science research. In his practice he provides empirically based psychological assessment, bilateral custody evaluations, mediation, parenting coordination, and reunification counseling.

Stephanie Hughes, M.Ed, LMHC, LPC

Stephanie Hughes has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and Human Services, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Oregon. She was also trained by Joan Kelly, Ph.D, who is internationally recognized as one of the founders of Parenting Coordination. Stephanie brings over 17 years of knowledge and expertise to her work in child custody matters.

Seattle, Washington (Madison Park Office)
Samuel Kane, MA, LMHC

Samuel Kane, MA, LMHC, is a Clinical Psychology PhD Doctoral Candidate at the California School of Professional Psychology in his fifth year of training. Mr. Kane has worked directly with individuals presenting with emotional and behavioral (e.g., Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Oppositional Defiance), neurologically-based challenges (e.g., Traumatic Brain Injuries, Concussions), learning disabilities (e.g., Dyslexia), and chemical dependency across a variety of settings including public and private schools, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facilities, and university research settings. He enjoys working with high-conflict families, the court system, and creating meaningful changes for the children and their families.

Steve Tutty, PhD

Steve Tutty, PhD, is a licensed clinical forensic psychologist in Washington State who provides both clinical and forensic services to children, adolescents, and parents. Since 1992, Dr. Tutty has worked directly with individuals presenting with a wide range of mental health challenges in state institutions, inpatient hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, schools, wilderness programs, universities, research institutions, and superior courts. Dr. Tutty has received specialized training in evidence-based, family systems therapy and works regularly with high-conflict families and superior courts. His therapeutic approach is informed by cognitive behavioral, family systems, and neurodevelopmental disciplines.