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About Me

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Valinda Harlan


My name is Valinda Harlan (she/her). I’m based in Vancouver, Washington though I also serve the surrounding areas including Portland with in-person sessions. I am licensed in Washington, Oregon and California and available for telehealth session to anyone living in those states. I’m delighted that you want to learn more about me and Bright Future Counseling to begin the path towards growth and healing.

My expertise is  in helping couples face conflict, communication hurdles, and trust issues to address infidelity, emotional closeness, or sexual fulfillment. Click here to learn more about my couples counseling services.

I also assist individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, or trauma . Click here to learn more about my individual counseling services.

My Mission

My mission is to establish a nonjudgmental, safe environment for couples and individuals. Together, we will work towards achieving successful outcomes that tend to your unique values and goals.

My practice promotes inclusivity and is open to individuals and couples of all sexualities and genders. Click here to learn more about my LGBTQIA+ counseling services.


Washington- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

 Oregon- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

California- Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
National Board Certified Counselor NBCC


PsyD Psychology-California Southern University


Professional Counseling- Southeastern University


Certified Marriage Counselor: Gottman Marriage Institute, 

Certified Parent Coach: Positive Parenting
Sexual Wellness: American Association of Sexuality Educators,

 Counselors, Therapists (AASECT) Trained
Transgender & LGBTQ+WPATH & ALGBTIC Trained




Why Choose

Bright Future Counseling?

  • Supportive - I support everyone who walks through my door.

  • Collaborative - I collaborate with clients to create personalized plans that align with their unique personalities, values, needs, and goals.

  • Personable  - You’re getting me, and only me.You don’t have to speak with any third parties. I’ll be your counselor and I’ll be the person picking up the phone to speak to you.

  • Experienced - In addition to my education and licenses in professional counseling, have been helping couples and individuals for over 20 years.

Gray Chairs

A Little More About Me

“I was born and raised in Venice, California, the youngest of four children. I’ve now been married for over 30 years, and we have four adult children and two grandchildren. We moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2018 and I love it here.

My first experience with counseling was as a client to work through relationship issues and childhood trauma. I know what it’s like to sit on a counselor’s couch and experience vulnerability, healing, and growth. I am passionate about returning the favor and helping others.

In addition to private counseling practice, I’m an adjunct professor at Clark College and a doctoral candidate for a degree in Clinical Psychology.

In my spare time, I enjoy date nights and family nights, taking walks in nature, traveling adventures, and my flower garden.”  -  Valinda Harlan (she/her)

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"Valinda is wonderful combination of wisdom and empathy. She professional provides straightforward no-nonsense counsel that helps you get to the root of issues while simultaneously provides a tender and safe place. I HIGHLY recommend Valinda!!"

Vanderly Arnold

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