Navigating stepfamily life can be difficult for everybody involved – the stepparents, the stepchildren, and the biological parents. We attempt to answer some commonly asked questions about everybody’s role in a stepfamily.
Sometimes just hearing what someone else has to say helps so much! I encourage you to write down your own experiences and send them to us. It’s wonderful and healing when you come to realize that whatever you are going through, someone else is going through the same thing. It is my hope to make this site informative and helpful in your journey.
Healing the Stepfamily from the inside out.
The StepFamily Center is dedicated to strengthening couples so they can successfully meet the challenges of the stepfamily experience!
Individual Stepfamily Counseling Sessions
If you feel you need one-on-one stepfamily support to help you navigate stepfamily life, The StepFamily Center is here! We provide stepfamily support and counseling to those who are remarried with children, as well as anybody trying to find their place in a stepfamily. Stepfamily counseling sessions are held in Beverly Hills or the South Bay.
If you are looking for some stepfamily support but just don’t have the time to make an in-person appointment, The StepFamily Center offers phone coaching sessions to be more flexible with your schedule.
Anatomy of a StepFamily: Why StepFamilies are Different from Nuclear Families
While 52% of Americans are in a stepfamily system, they continue to be treated by therapists using a nuclear family template. This 1-1/2 hour presentation will help therapists learn the fundamental differences between a stepfamily and a nuclear family, including their unique stages of development, and issues that affect each member in a stepfamily system.
To schedule this presentation at your facility, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Speaking Engagements
Executive Director Susan Davis Swanson, PhD, LCSW, is available for public speaking, and radio and television appearances, on issues related to stepfamilies, stepfamily support, and stepfamily counseling.
In addition to working with stepfamilies, Susan has more than 20 years of experience working with trauma, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and couples issues. She utilizes EMDR, somatic techniques, and spirituality to help her clients move forward and experience the relief they deserve.