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Blended Families

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So, you have decided to take the plunge and enter into a new relationship.

You may already have children, and so may your partner.

Trying to work out how to blend these two existing families to form one new one, and keep everybody happy, is quite a challenge.

The children involved in this blended family may not be nearly as excited by this new situation, as their parents. They may be worried about upcoming changes and how to deal with new step-parents and step-siblings. Changes in family dynamics will be enormous and can be very frightening to some children. Parents too, have to learn how to deal with children they may have not known very long, with different values and habits, to their own. All of these issues can cause stress in the new relationships.

To have the best chance of successfully blending families, rules and guidelines should be agreed before combining them. Seeking help from a therapist is often helpful beforehand and is certainly recommended when it is clear that adjustment problems are arising that can’t be easily dealt with.

These are some of the common problems that can arise from blended families:

  • Discipline issues – which parent is responsible for which child
  • Different values and beliefs
  • In-laws – old and new
  • Ex-partners – custody arrangements, visitation rights
  • Agreement on issues such as education, religion, family rules and boundaries
  • Disruptive or problem children
  • Sibling jealousy
  • Scapegoating
  • Loss of couple time due to problems with the blended family, leading to resentment and insecurity

When communication is clear there are fewer opportunities for misunderstanding and more possibilities for connection between all parties. I have many years’ experience in dealing with all couple relationship problems, including those unique to blended families.

Whether this is a step you are currently considering or you are already having problems, this intensive workshop can help you to deal with all the above problems, as well as any others in your relationship.

Carole's workshops are Covid Safe
Carole's workshops are Covid Safe
We are going real well, probably better than we ever expected.

I personally thank you for making such a difference to my life and I know (S) feels the same.
Galah couple eating
from QLD
Your workshop was great for us and was what we needed to make a fresh start and turn our relationship around.

We'd recommend your workshop to any couple who are in trouble and want to rekindle their love!

Thanks again Carole
Galah Couple
J & M
from NSW

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Carole's workshops are Covid Safe
Carole’s workshops are Covid Safe

The Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, has advised that “ALL allied health businesses nationally can continue working and are encouraged to do”. He has encouraged providers to continue vital face-to-face services where possible.

These are challenging times for everyone, but your personal and relationship issues continue to need assistance. My practice is still open for hypnotherapy and individual or relationship counselling, including Rekindle the Love workshops.

If you are sick or have come into contact with the Coronavirus at any point, and/or if you have recently been overseas, please stay at home and contact me on 0407 009 050 to reschedule your appointment.

The safety of my clients and wider community is of utmost importance to me, and my home-based clinic is fully compliant with the new social distancing rules and hygiene practices. I have ensured that appointments are staggered so that you and your partner, where appropriate, are the only clients visiting my practice, at any one time.

Video sessions are available for both individuals and couples, I have prepared a program for couples to complete a Rekindle the Love workshop, online. Read about the ‘Living, Loving & Surviving in Lockdown’ online workshop here.

Please contact me for more information.

Coronavirus and social isolation will add to existing pressure points on relationships, so don’t let your marriage become a coronavirus casualty.

Read the article by Hayley Gleeson of the ABC “How to stay married through Coronavirus“.

I thank you for your continued support in these uncertain times and know that together we will get through this.