As attached as we might be to the idea of the "perfect family", one can't help wondering if such a family exists. After all, being in a family means having to deal with w ... Read more.

It may seem a little strange in a discussion about family relationships to talk about taking care of number one, but believe me it’s a really important and healthy thing to ... Read more.

One important piece of advice I would offer as both therapist and stepmother to another therapist working with stepfamilies, is try not to push too hard and too soon for chang ... Read more.

We know from family research that gender is a crucial factor in stepfamily life. It really helps to have regular discussions with your partner about how you both are noticing ... Read more.

Have you set upon a path of change only to be hit by a series of road blocks and set backs? If yes, you’re not alone. Scott Peck plainly stated in his classic book The Road ... Read more.

Resilience

Marcia Watts 23 June 2016

Founder of positive psychology and researcher Martin Seligman coined the phrase ‘post-traumatic growth’ which is the ability to become stronger and more growth-focused aft ... Read more.

At this moment, while we stand at the edge of a new year it can be tempting to make promises to ourselves of how this new year will be different from anything we aren't happy ... Read more.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big fan of change. While I like new experiences and trying new things, I also like the predictability of a settled routine. H ... Read more.

As we are preparing for Christmas day and the end of the year just around the corner, I wanted to raise the idea of hope. Hope is a word that has been speaking to me of l ... Read more.

Gratitude

Marcia Watts 25 November 2014 in - Library - Emotions

Gratitude is something we can overlook and yet it offers such powerful benefits to our mental health. There are many benefits of expressing gratitude ranging from better physi ... Read more.

As previously mentioned, it is important to recognise both the centrality and the vulnerability of the new marriage relationship in a stepfamily. It is both the most pivotal ... Read more.

While on the surface a stepfamily can seem quite similar to a traditional, intact family there are a few clear differences. It’s important to understand what these diffe ... Read more.

In this post I'd like to discuss the idea of recovery and what it takes to get back on track. In my counselling practice, it is not uncommon for clients to present seeking sup ... Read more.

In this blog I’d like to focus on the issue of building trust and what this means for us as those seeking to grow, build community, and come along side others strug ... Read more.

Recently, my eldest son observed me setting limits and boundaries with my middle son. My middle son is what I affectionately term an ‘experiential learner’ ie: he ... Read more.

This week, being mental health week, I thought it was a good time to stop and reflect on all the things that maintain mental good health in my life. Good mental health can mea ... Read more.

Families, whether biological or chosen, are what give most people’s lives their shape. Most of our happiest and most tragic experiences are somehow connected with family ... Read more.

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