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Denver Blended Family Therapy & Step-Parenting Support

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.

denver marriage counselor family therapist dr lisa marie bobby

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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You provided us such a safe place to be honest with ourselves and with each other our fear of being vulnerable and weak were transformed into a feeling of opportunity to be heard. My husband and I are better friends, parents, lovers and companions than we have ever been.

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We Are Relationship Experts

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.

 

Meagan Terry

Meagan Terry

M. A., LMFT

Meagan Terry is a relationship specialist. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over nine years of experience in helping couples reconnect, and enjoy each other again. She uses effective, evidence based forms of marriage counseling including Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy and The Gottman Method. In addition to working one-on-one with couples, she teaches our Lifetime of Love premarital and relationship class.  

 

Brenda Fahn

Brenda Fahn

M.A., LMFT

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. 

 

Ari Kipnis

Ari Kipnis

M.S.W., LCSW

Ari Kipnis has over ten years of experience in helping couples get back on the same page, heal hurts and resentments, and rediscover their love for each other through positive, effective, solution-focused strategies. He has a direct style that helps you both uncover the patterns that aren't working, and discover new ways of communicating and behaving that show each other love and respect.

 

 

Melissa Barbash

Melissa Barbash

M.A., LPC, LAC

Melissa is a powerful therapist and life coach who specializes in helping individuals have better relationships. She can help you understand how you relate to others, and what you can do to create deeper, more satisfying connections. Working with her can help you improve your communication, be more open, set healthy boundaries, and deal with the anger, anxiety, fear or shame that may be getting in the way of your creating happy, secure, and authentic relationships. 

Jessica Small

Jessica Small

M. A., LMFT

Jessica is a dynamic marriage and family therapist with over 8 years of experience in helping individuals, families & couples create more fulfilling lives and relationships, and to function at an optimum level of health and happiness. She is a premarital counselor as well as a couples counselor, and knows how to help couples "get on the same page" in all aspects of life. 

 

Anastacia Sams

Anastacia Sams

M.A., N.C.C., LMFT-C

Anastacia's authentic, caring approach to marriage counseling and relationship coaching helps couples find each other's "noble intentions," and re-commit to showing each other love and respect. She can help you heal old hurts, improve your communication, restore trust, and work together as a team. 

 

 

Kristy Vergo

Kristy Vergo

M.A., NCC, LMFTC

Kristy Vergo is a kind, non-judgmental marriage counselor who specializes in helping couples repair their trust, restore their connection, grow together as individuals, and take their relationship to a new level of emotional intimacy. She uses Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy and active, solution focused techniques to help couples create positive change in their relationships... and themselves. 

Kathleen Stutts

Kathleen Stutts

M.Ed, NCC

Kathleen is a Marriage Counselor and Relationship Coach with a warm, gentle style that will help you both feel comfortable, respected, and understood. She has a gift for helping couples understand each other compassionately, feel emotionally safe, and start enjoying each other again. 

Stephanie Manning

Stephanie Manning

M.A., LMFTC

Stephanie Manning has 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, and parent joyfully together. She is a Prepare-Enrich Certified premarital counselor, and specializes in helping you both make positive changes to your life, as well as your relationship.

Polly Drew

Polly Drew

M.Ed., LMFT

Polly is a marriage counselor with over 25 years of experience in helping couples "come back from the brink," heal their strong bond, and enter into a positive and satisfying new chapter of life together. Her warm, competent style will put you both at ease and help you find new solutions to old problems.

 

 

You provided us such a safe place to be honest with ourselves and with each other our fear of being vulnerable and weak were transformed into a feeling of opportunity to be heard. My husband and I are better friends, parents, lovers and companions than we have ever been.

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