About Us

Susan Davis Swanson, PhD, LCSW, Executive Director

As a stepmother since the mid-1970s, I’d struggled with the lack of both services for stepfamilies and therapists who truly understood stepfamily life. With so many years working through my own stepfamily issues, I understand firsthand the challenges and struggles that are often missed in counseling, and dedicated myself to being a resource for stepcouples and stepfamilies in Southern California.

That is why I founded The StepFamily Center in 2004 in Beverly Hills and work to make information available to stepfamilies through regular articles, a monthly newsletter, a weekly radio show and counseling services. My goal is to give stepfamilies hope that they can make it work and the tools they need to do so.