Supporting you in your Stepfamily Journey
As wise travelers know, when embarking on a new adventure, planning is critical. Likewise, creating a strong, well-functioning stepfamily is easier with expert guidance—especially early in the developmental stages of Stepfamily Living. By having a clear "trail map," and being coached with effective tips about how to deal with normal challenges on the journey, you can avoid some common pitfalls and move ahead toward success.
As a stepfamily educator with over 30 years experience, I can guide you through many typical issues that could overwhelm you. Coaching benefits your new stepfamily most when used as you prepare for remarriage. Although I'm an excellent pro-marriage family systems therapist, telephone time is not therapy. You need personal contact for that to be effective, but with a commitment to creating a strong stepfamily, and some coaching, you can get a head start.
Consults with professionals working with stepfamily clients
Experienced professionals who don't understand how the stepfamily differs in process, development, and structure may be frustrated working with these complicated families. Usually, vulnerable stepfamilies wait to seek help until they hit crisis, so the work is highly emotionally charged and often chaotic. If you're untrained in a family systems approach, or don't understand developmental theory, and how stepfamily living differs, you may find yourself stuck trying to help complex stepfamilies or worse, misguide them.
As a pro-marriage, trained family systems Marriage & Family Therapist, I can guide you to help stabilize your stepfamily clients. You can view my clinical profile by clicking on "therapist locator" using the zipcode 14850 at www.aamft.org.
If you're interested in coaching, or consultations services, send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Be sure to note COACHING REQUESTED in the subject line so your request doesn't get deleted. I will contact you with 48 hours.