Grow Into a Happy Family
The Blended Family Experience
I don’t need to tell you about the grim statistics regarding second marriages, particularly for couples coming in to the new marriage with children. The reason so many of these marriages fail is because “The Blended Family Experience” is just hard. In fact, many people are shocked by just how difficult it actually is.
Step-Parenting: The “Insta-Family”
“Becoming married” and developing the communication, trust, and agreements that all strong couples require is normally challenging for all newly married couples. It is a process that requires time. But couples with kids already are afforded little time to hammer things out with each other before being thrown into extremely challenging dynamics. Instead of being able to get to know each other for a few years, you get an “insta-family” and have to figure things out fast.
Blended Families Need Support
If you are becoming a step-parent or attempting to create a blended family together, you need support to negotiate a challenging situation. Between dealing with hurting kids, divided loyalties, nasty exes, and parenting together it can be easy for new couples to get overwhelmed by the forces pulling them apart — and even turn on each other. The fractures and fault lines in your new family can yawn into chasms that are very difficult to mend.
You Can Build a Happy Blended Family Together
It takes focused, intentional effort to learn how to work together effectively and create a strong blended family unit. Couples in this situation simply have to work harder than people coming into marriage with a clean slate. They need specific skills, emotional awareness, and a darn good plan. But it’s also true that with these ingredients, many couples are able to create happy, healthy blended families that are emotionally safe and satisfying for everyone involved.
Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby is trained as a Psychologist, a Marriage and Family Therapist, and is a Board Certified Life Coach. She is the Founder of Growing Self Counseling and Life Coaching in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Bobby is the host of the Love, Happiness and Success Podcast.
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Your Marriage is the Foundation
Your new marriage is the center and foundation of your family. Expert marriage counseling and family therapy can help you strengthen your bond, learn how to parent and step-parent effectively, create or repair relationships with each other’s children, set and maintain boundaries with exes, help “step-siblings” get along, and become the happy, healthy, loving “team” that your kids need you to be.
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Real Help For Your Blended Family
I hope that you allow us to support you as you grow together — as a couple, and as a step-family. We specialize in Marriage and Family Therapy, and we have helped many couples just like you create happy blended families. Our approach is so helpful because it works on several levels: Healing the emotional rifts in your family, helping you understand the new “system” you are now dancing in, finding practical solutions to problems, and support to take positive action to fix the situation fast.
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We have specialized training and years of experience in helping couples reconnect. We use only evidence based strategies that have been proven by research to help you restore your strong bond, and love your relationship again.
Teresa Thomas is a marriage counselor and couples therapist with years of experience in helping couples communicate more effectively, find new solutions to old problems, repair their strong bond, rebuild trust after affairs, successfully blend families, improve their sexual intimacy, and parent joyfully together. She is a couples therapist and parenting coach with a positive, solution focused style who specializes in helping you both make positive changes to your life, as well as to your relationship.
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Dr. Georgiana has a warm, but honest approach to marriage counseling, couples therapy and relationship coaching. She specializes in Emotional Intelligence coaching that helps you gain self-awareness, and learn how to communicate with your partner in a way that strengthens your relationship. Dr. Georgiana brings over twenty years of experience, extensive knowledge of interpersonal dynamics, and a deep awareness of multicultural issues to her work with you. She is available to meet with you both in person (San Francisco) and online, and is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
Brenda Fahn specializes in helping couples create healthy, happy relationships and families. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a positive, direct style and over fifteen years of experience in helping couples reconnect. She teaches our "Lifetime of Love" premarital / relationship class, and is a Prepare-Enrich Certified premarital counselor as well as a marriage counselor.
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