I first met the lovely people from Child Bereavement UK when we both worked on the documentary with Rio and Kate Ferdinand on the challenges of becoming a stepfamily.We both felt that we should try and work together on a project to provide more support to families who have suffered a bereavement and subsequently found a new partner, forming a stepfamily. This collaboration has resulted in this video (link below). I really hope this helps answer questions and gives you some reassurance and support.
Both HappySteps and Childbereavementuk.org are here to help - just get in touch - and if you aren't already connected do follow me on Instagram @happysteps_drlisa. I try and post regular videos and updates - and am happy to take requests!
I am proud to have been part of this documentary, which was aired on BBC1 on 10th February 2020. The workshop which was featured in the documentary, is a service that I offer to couples in stepfamilies. It's an opportunity to discuss the common issues that stepfamilies face and meet others in similar situations. Sadly I can't run the workshops currently but you may find the self help guide of interest....
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The self help guide was developed to allow couples to work through common issues together in their own home. It's an alternative to the workshop I run (in non Covid times!) and provides evidence based advice and support. The guide comes as a downloadable pdf and can be ordered directly from the website (if you don't win!). You can then work through the guide, section by section at your own pace.If you'd like to know more click on the button below
Welcome to Happy Steps, the UK's only research based stepfamily resource centre. Stepfamilies are now the fastest growing family type in the UK. It's estimated that 1 in 3 of all families are now stepfamilies or blended families.
Research has shown that stepfamilies often have to overcome challenges when developing their new family units which can affect their mental wellbeing, with increased stress and anxiety.
Despite this, there is very little help and support available. Happy Steps has been designed to gather together a whole range of services to help families and individuals strengthen their stepfamilies and to provide training and tools for organisations and family professionals.
I hope you find what you're looking for on the site - if not, please drop me a line and tell me how I can make it even better!
Professor Lisa Doodson, PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, SFHEA
Research has shown that most new stepfamilies can really benefit by getting support and help with common stepfamily issues. There is light at the end of the tunnel! We can help and support individuals and families in a number of ways including:-
I can help with a range of services. These include:-
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I have extensive experience in working with a wide variety of organisations including local authorities, International Corporations and National Charities. If you would like further information please contact me.
This is the first book written specifically for stepmums. It is packed full of practical tips and advice for all types of stepmum. Whether you look after your stepchildren all the time or just at weekends, or whether you also have children of your own or are new to the parenting job, the book offers specific help based on your unique family makeup. The book is based on Lisa's extensive psychological research on stepfamilies and includes comments and case studies from stepfamilies across the UK who took part in her research.
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In this practical, evidence based guide published by McGraw Hill Education, psychologist Professor Lisa Doodson offers a valuable resource for professionals working with stepfamilies or blended families, giving insight into their unique nature and guidance on how to provide more effective support and advice. Each chapter contains practical tools and exercises that professionals can use with their clients to help facilitate change in the family unit, as well las interventions including mediation and group workshops and more traditional counselling techniques.
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Happy Steps has been developed by Professor Lisa Doodson, a chartered psychologist specialising in stepfamily dynamics. As a stepmother herself she understands the unique demands of being part of a stepfamily, and is determined to use her skills as a psychologist to develop services and tools specifically designed for stepfamilies and family professionals.