What is Blended Family Therapy?
You and your spouse may be ecstatic over your new marriage, but your children, exes, and respective family members may not be as thrilled. Blended families swim in a completely different ocean, and because of their unique makeup, they face a very unique set of challenges.
Blended families often face “insider/outsider” syndrome, where the biological family interacts relying on a history that does not include the new member(s). This often causes the new member(s) to feel alienated at times, or cause jealousy, insecurity, and other harmful emotions.
At Still Waters Therapy, I help blended families finally come together as one, so that they can come together more cohesively and start living together in a healthy home. If this sounds like a situation you’re facing right now, call me at (916) 579-7145 for a free 15-minute consultation.
Why Is Therapy for Blended Families Important?
If blended families are having difficulty coming together as one, it can create several interfamilial conflicts and damage the dynamic of the entire home.
Below are a few warning signs to help you decide whether or not blended family therapy could be right for you.
Recognizing the Symptoms:
What does an unblended family look like?
- Children are confused, guilty, irritable, and conflicted.
- Fathers may feel frustrated, torn, always at odds, and on-edge.
- Biological parents who are former spouses can become jealous, insecure, and resentful.
- Stepmothers can feel unwelcomed, isolated, jealous, and insecure.